This year’s workshop was co-hosted by the Sacred Places Institute. The goals of the workshop were:
This year the workshop featured a session on the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides to control invasive species in open space. We heard public safety concerns, information about Integrated Pest Management, and presentation of mechanical methods of weed control.
Content from our breakout sessions can be found here.
Jim Randerson, our featured speaker, presented his work on wildfires. He compared the frequency of larger wildfires, driven by Santa Ana winds, to smaller wildfires, driven by high temperatures. Other workshop presentations were arranged related to drought, Orange County research projects, ongoing monitoring projects, and education and outreach activities. The first poster session of the day featured our 5th grade citizen scientists working on Project CRYSTAL!
We celebrated an achievement of the CEB interns. They wrote and acquired a grant to produce interpretive signs for the Eco Preserve and we debuted the signs with a guided scenic walk. The UCI Eco Preserve is a 60-acre site near campus that has been used for extensive research over the years. Thanks to those of you who were able to come!
Thanks to those of you who participated in our workshop on ecological restoration on steep slopes! Click here to access resources from the workshop including proceedings and notes, participant contributed resources (please upload more resources to share!), and participant contact information.
CEB faculty presented research, education, and outreach projects conducted in collaboration with local agencies. Research topics included symbiotic microbes, pollination and black mustard, fountain grass population dynamics, precipitation and vegetation change, and cactus wren habitat quality. Summaries of CEB faculty research presented at the workshop are available as a pdf here.
The purpose of the ecological data portal is to map and link to ecological data-sets to encourage collaboration and synergies in our many activities and to provide data for educational purposes. You may view a prototype of the portal at: http://ecodataportal.org/
Click here to download the spreadsheet on research and monitoring for the Data Portal.
Please return the form to Sarah Kimball if you would like meta-data regarding your data to be added to the portal. The ecological data portal will include your meta-data and a link to the site where your data are stored.
Please click on the presentation titles below to download the powerpoint files.
This workshop was presented by UCI’s Center for Environmental Biology and Nature Reserve of Orange County.
Additional partners include: Irvine Ranch Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Society, Crystal Cove State Park, and the Fish and Wildlife Service