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In This Issue   Wildlife Linkages Project  
  Director's Foreword 1
  Ecological Restoration 3
  Education 9
        Collections 11
        Field Notes 13
  Research 14

    Serra Hoagland     
  CCBER vertebrate collections from the coastal open space areas are being studied and mapped (geo-referenced) by a team of students funded through the Coastal Fund. Serra Hoagland, a Bren graduate student, is leading a project designed to assess habitat linkages within coastal open spaces and improve habitat connectivity within our region. The objectives of the project include establishing a database of wildlife use of these areas over time, promoting the national environmental education RoadKill Project, assessing current culverts and crossings, and performing a synthesis assessment to determine if further research is necessary. This research intends to provide information that will lead to projects to protect and increase habitat connectivity and identify areas where linkages could be improved while ensuring conservation of our local fauna.  CCBER is seeking additional funding and partners to expand these studies to the county level through collaboration with CalTrans and other agencies.

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Serra Hoagland using GPS to
monitor track locations.
  Tracks prove that animals come and
go through this culvert.

Restoring Native Grasses on Lagoon Island
CCBER will be also be implementing another prescribed burn on Lagoon Island this summer to create a weed-free window for restoring the island’s southern portion. Through burning with supplemental fuels, the ground will get hot enough (200 degrees Celsius) to kill non-native annual grass seeds in the soil.
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