UC Natural Reserve System Celebrates 50 Years

Posted on Sep 30 by SEASONS Magazine


Sedgwick Reserve, courtesy photo

UC Santa Barbara plays an important role in the University of California’s Natural Reserve System (NRS), the largest university administered reserve system in the world comprised of 39 reserves across California, protecting over 750,000 acres of critical and sensitive habitat. This year, the UC NRS celebrates 50 years of teaching, research and public service.

To recognize this important milestone, UCSB is hosting a month’s worth of exciting events to highlight its contribution to and participation in the NRS. The 50th Anniversary events include the following, all of which are open to the public:

The UC Natural Reserve System – Fifty Years of Teaching, Research & Public Service: On Oct. 1, join Dr. Peggy Fiedler, director of the University of California NRS, and Jeff Greenfield, renowned network journalist, for an evening full of photos and stories about the NRS and its 39 reserves over its 50 year history. Greenfield will interview Dr. Fielder and moderate questions from the audience. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History in the Fleischmann Auditorium, 2559 Puesta Del Sol.

Our Giving Laboratories – The UCSB Natural Reserve System Today: On Oct. 2, two campus leaders in environmental science, Dr. Frank Davis and Dr. Peter Alagona, will speak about their research at the reserves, followed by a poster session and a wine reception in the Bren School Courtyard. The event will take place from 1:30–6 p.m. at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB, room 1414.


Coal Oil Point Reserve, courtesy photo

Photos in the Field – Nature Photography Using Your Smartphone: On Oct. 3 at both 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you will have the chance to take incredible nature images of the Coal Oil Point Reserve using your smartphone in a family-friendly 90-minute workshop led by professional photographers. In addition, those who attend will be given the chance to enter their photography into a social media contest to win prizes. Those wishing to attend must RSVP online.

Birding and Bagels at Carpinteria Salt Marsh: On Oct. 4, local birding authorities Joan Lentz, Mark Holmgren, and Peter Gaede will provide guided tours of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, and reserve manager Dr. Andy Brooks will lecture about the important research that takes place at the reserve. A light breakfast will also be provided. Those wishing to attend must RSVP online.


Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, courtesy photo

Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) Art Show and Sale: On both Oct. 24 from 2–7 p.m. and Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., join the NRS and SCAPE for an art show and sale to benefit the UCSB NRS at the Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Rd. All featured paintings will highlight UCSB’s beautiful reserves. There will be a reception and brief program at 4 p.m. on Sat. afternoon to celebrate contributing artists and friends of the UCSB NRS.

Harvest Dinner and Visit to Sedgwick Reserve: This special event on Nov. 7, 3–9 p.m., will benefit the UCSB Natural Reserve System and Sedgwick Reserve. Attendees will be transported from Santa Barbara/Goleta to the Santa Ynez Valley to spend the evening enjoying the amazing physical beauty of the iconic Sedgwick Reserve. Walking tours, local history, fine local wines courtesy of Santa Barbara Vintners, and a three-course meal prepared by chef Jeff Newton await you! Tickets are available for purchase online.

The seven UC NRS Reserves, managed by UCSB, are used by thousands of researchers, students and public visitors each year as they investigate and learn about the natural world. Reserve users come from throughout California, the U.S. and the world to study the Reserve’s diverse natural systems and native flora and fauna. Event details, including registration and ticket information, can be found online at nrs.ucsb.edu/events 

–Michelle Jarrard


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