Promoting a conservation ethic in people of all ages is central to our mission of Conservation in Action. Please join us on the preserves to explore seasonal changes, take part in naturalist training or dig in with other volunteers to assist our land management team. Reservations are required for most events in order to ensure that human impact is kept in balance with land and habitat preservation goals.

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Living with Fires

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Living with Fires

Nov 4 2020 - 4:00pm
Zoom Video Conference

ACR's Fire Forward Director, Dr. Sasha Berleman, Ph.D., will be Oakmont Village's guest speaker in a Zoom presentation November 4th at 4pm.

WATCH the live-streamed presentation: http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org/live.html

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Sasha Berleman, Ph.D., Director of ACR's Fire Forward program, is working to lead a change in the way we live with fire in the Bay Area. With her team, Sasha plans and organizes cooperative controlled burns and leads community efforts around fire management. Sasha served as an invited cadre member for the development and validation of the CA State Certified Burn Boss curriculum. She earned her doctorate in wildland fire science from University of California at Berkeley focusing on prescribed fire use for restoration of ecosystem health. Sasha is a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) coach and leader and a wildland firefighter with Fire Effects Monitoring, Squad Boss, Crew Boss, Firing Boss, and Incident Commander qualifications. She was a member of the 2017 and 2018 Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew and still details with them every summer. Sasha is a board member of American Wildfire Experience, Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council, and Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council.

To learn more about ACR's Fire Forward, click here.



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Waterbird Identification Workshop

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Waterbird Identification Workshop

Nov 16 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Zoom Video Conference
Registration for this event is limited to active ACR volunteers. The workshop will cover:
  • A brief update on status of these birds on Tomales Bay
  • Review of the protocols used for our surveys
  • Shorebird or Waterbird identification, with emphasis on species typically seen at Tomales Bay in winter
  • Winter identification challenges
  • Tips for counting birds, on the ground and in-flight
  • Question and answer session
This workshop is offered to research volunteers and the larger ACR volunteer community. Space for each workshop is limited to 100 attendees, priority will be given to our active research volunteers, so please register early! 
Email [email protected] if you have questions about registration. Any ACR volunteer is eligible to attend, even if you do not plan to survey birds with us this winter.

If you are not already on our shorebird and waterbird project mailing lists, and would be interested in volunteering for these projects, please send an email to Barbara Wechsbergcontaining your name, address, email address, phone number, and the survey you are interested in.    

 

Event photo by Len Blumin


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Tomales Bay Winter Shorebird Survey

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Tomales Bay Winter Shorebird Survey

Nov 18 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Tomales Bay

Tracking seasonal populations

Since 1989, Audubon Canyon Ranch has been monitoring seasonal populations of shorebirds on Tomales Bay. Three baywide counts are completed within each early-winter and late winter census period, and an additional baywide count is conducted each Augustto record peak numbers of fallmigrants. 

We have divided Tomales Bay into 15 shorebird count areas, which are covered simultaneously by teams of qualified volunteer field observers. Each count requires 60-90 minutes to complete. Some counts are coordinated to coincide closely with counts conducted by other investigators in other areas.

We use the Tomales Bay shorebird survey data in quantitative assessments of species status, distribution, and trends (e.g.,  Kelly 2001, Kelly and Stallcup 2003), habitat values (Kelly 2001), and progress in local wetlands restoration (Kelly and Condeso 2017).

The results provide information for regional planning and are made available to other investigators through electronic data access (e.g., California Avian Data Center).

Get involved

For more information on becoming involved with this volunteer effort, contact the Cypress Grove Research Center at 415.663.8203.

Photo: Nils Warnock



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