UCSB Natural History Collection News
Have you ever wanted to volunteer in a natural history collection or herbarium?
Join us Saturday November 2 (9:00am to 3:00pm) to help us digitally transcribe specimens from the UCSB Natural History Collections. Tour the collections, meet collection staff, participate in research and learn about our projects that are helping make information about museum specimens and plants available online.
The UCSB Natural History Collections will be having weekly informal research seminars, with several guest speakers planned. If you are interested in natural history or collections research, come join every Wednesday from 5-6pm in CCBER's classroom! This will also be the meeting time for the Natural History Collections Club. Read more to find out the schedule of presenters.
Staff at CCBER's award-winning Kids in Nature program have been discussing the idea of videoing lessons and activities for several years, but never felt like it was the right time to bring that idea to fruition. Covid-19 quickly made it the right time. Read more here.
In the works: Learn about the Virtual Center for the Study of Biotic Interactions (ViCSBI), a new, multi-campus research initiative under development by ecologists and evolutionary biologists at UC Santa Barbara, Berkeley, Riverside, and Davis. PIs Susan Mazer, Katja Seltmann, Isaac Park, Brent Mishler, Nicole Rafferty, Emily Meineke, Matt Daugherty, Erin Wilson-Rankin, Christiane Weirauch, Noah Whiteman, Louie Yang, and others are joining botanical and entomological forces to investigate the effects of climatic and other environmental disruptions on mutualistic and anatogonistic interactions in wild and agricultural California ecosystems. To learn more about our mission, please check out our overview of ViCSBI at this link.
Due to the current shelter at home orders for COVID-19, only a very minimal crew of CCBER staff are able to be on site, which makes it challenging to keep up with all the weeding. So, next time you're out on the Marsh trail and if you feel inspired to pull a weed or two, here is a short guide to differentiating four key weeds from their similar looking native counterparts.
North Campus Open Space Restoration Project
Updates & Events - Visitor Plaza & Discovery Trail update, lots of signs that Spring is in full swing, and links to species lists.
Feature Story - Busy Bees and Bee-searchers at NCOS and Beyond.
Community Forum and Photos - Butterflies and birds galore.