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!
Over the past six months, staff and interns have collected over 140 plant specimens from NCOS in an effort to catalog the wide range of plant diversity on the project; everything from invasive non-natives such as bristly oxtongue (Helminthotheca echioides) to our rare or endangered natives such as Ventura marsh milk vetch (Astragalus pycnostachyus var. lanosissimus). Read more here!
EDNA is a method of extracting and identifying fragments of DNA from sources that might otherwise be very time consuming to sample. The Cheadle Center is now getting results from an eDNA assessment funded by Steve Senesac and the Associated Students Coastal Fund designed to assess how valuable this tool might be for understanding biodiversity at North Campus Open Space. Read more here!
One of the main goals of the North Campus Open Space project is to provide habitat for a wide variety of bird species. During the spring and summer months, the value of the habitat on NCOS can be assessed by observing birds that are using the restoration site as their breeding grounds. Which species do you think nest at NCOS? Find out more here!
North Campus Open Space Restoration Project
Updates - RAMMP Donation, Next Phase of NCOS, Goleta Walking ToursKids in Nature, Summer Flowers, and Grey Foxes!
Feature Story - Herbarium Collection at NCOS
Community Forum and Photos - Wilson's warbler, Orange-crowned warbler, Black Phoebe