UCSB Natural History Collection News
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.
This past weekend, CCBER invertebrate zoology staff went on a surprise field trip to the UC Irvine Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. Read on about our experiences collecting with researchers from the California Academy of Sciences!
During pre-restoration vegetation surveys at North Campus Open Space, small populations of three species of geophytes were discovered. In this story, CCBER Restoration Coordinator, Beau Tindall, tells us about the ecological importance of these special plants and the steps that CCBER is taking to help preserve and propagate them so that their populations can grow and persist well into the future.
During the recent winter quarter, undergraduate student researcher Alistair Dobson led a grant-funded study of the wildlife that may be living in or visiting the hibernacula on the NCOS Mesa and upper salt marsh. He deployed a combination of motion-detection cameras and tracking tunnels at several hibernacula, and with a lot of help reviewing tens of thousands of images, he has compiled some preliminary data with a few interesting and surprising results. Read more about it and check out some of the photos here!
North Campus Open Space Restoration Project
Updates - T-shirt art on display, New electric trimmers in use, Cliff Swallow Nesting Structure, Long-tailed Weasel, and more!
Feature Story - Preserving a Precious Ecological Resource at NCOS
Community Forum and Photos - A reminder on why dogs must be kept on leash, and great pics of Great-horned owlets and Green Herons.