Sagehen Events, 2010...

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2010 Sagehen Summer Speaker Series:



Regretably, we must cancel the annual Sagehen Summer Science Speaker Series this year.

The event conflicts with a variety of long-delayed construction & maintenance projects that will be occurring throughout the summer, as well as heavy presentation area use that overlaps with the evening schedule.

We will definitely be back in 2011. In the meantime, you can catch up on some of the past presentations, below:

Watch a video of one of the past presentations, including:

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Kidzone Family Camp

August 20-August 22, 2010

Hikes * Bugology * Fishology * Star Gazing * Watersheds * Camping * Friends * Arts * Yummy Food!

Join us at for camping and exploring at Sagehen Creek Field Station (UC Berkeley) Family Camp in Truckee, California, for families with children of all ages with their parents. Click here to view the camp flyer.

When: August 20-August 22, 2010 (2 nights, 3 days, Friday-Sunday)
Accommodations: Simple overnight tent site or cabin accommodations for two nights (first-come-first-served basis by reservation).

Food: Delicious meals prepared for you with a vegetarian option.

Activities: New this year–join us for the entire weekend or just one day or evening of fun!

  • Friday evening program: 5pm-10:30pm-delicious dinner followed by an introduction to UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station, a presentation by Michael Ross for adults while children explore nature with our camp staff, then everyone is back together in the meadow for star gazing through high-powered telescopes.
  • Saturday all day program: 9:30am-5pm-enjoy Michael Ross and UNR educators for a day of hands-on nature programs and lunch in the beautiful outdoors.
  • Saturday evening program: 5pm-9:30pm-a BBQ dinner will be served under the pines topped off with an ice cream sundae bar! Fabulous entertainment to follow with a performance by Storyteller Jeff Ullman and then get your toes tappin’ for live bluegrass music by the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association.

Proceeds benefit KidZone Museum, a non-profit children’s museum.


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Carex Identification & Ecology Workshop

Dates TBA


Peter Zika, Jepson Herbarium.

It is nice to know your grasses and rushes, but you must master sedges to understand California's meadows, many of which are dominated by the genus Carex. Come to the Sierra and sample its rich spectrum of Carex diversity. With ample fresh material, we will learn the groups of Carex, using existing keys and some new materials. Several species not included in The Jepson Manual will be included. We will study the plants in the field, with dissecting scopes in the lab, and encourage students to bring fresh or pressed sedges from other parts of the state.

Course fee ($360/$385) includes transportation (12-passenger van), meals, and accommodations from Friday evening through Sunday lunch. Lodging is at Sagehen Creek Field Station with dormitory-style bunk beds. Facilities include potable water, flush toilets, and showers.

More information.


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August 16-20, 2010

Sagehen Creek Field Station near Lake Tahoe, California
Why take this course?

River restoration has become big business in the US, with well over $17b spent on over 40 thousand projects since 1990. Despite strong public support and the magnitude of the investment, the field has not advanced as quickly as one might expect, because learning through post-project evaluation is rare, and insights from current research are often not effectively incorporated in planning and design. Not surprisingly, many restoration projects are ecologically ineffective or have washed out, although the extent of failure is hidden by the lack of post project evaluation. River restoration can be more effective when it is designed with an understanding of processes and the larger context, when it benefits from systematic learning from previous built projects, and when it is based on predictive connections between objectives and actions.

 This shortcourse emphasizes sustainable river restoration through:

  • understanding geomorphic and ecological processes in rivers
  • watershed-scale and longer-time scale context
  • incorporating insights from recent research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology
  • developing predictive connections between objectives and actions
  • analyses of effectiveness of built restoration projects
  • strategies to restore (where possible) physical and ecological processes in rivers
  • setting goals in the context of a continuum from urban-to-wilderness settings
  • developing restoration strategies and innovative management approaches based on understanding of underlying causes of channel or ecosystem change, rather than prescriptive approaches
  • knowing when to intervene and when the river can heal itself without meddling
Photos from 2006 Summer Shortcourse in Lake Tahoe, California:
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Registration & More information:

See this link for more information & contacts.

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Bat Ecology and Field Techniques Workshop:
Dates TBA

Instructors: Dave Johnston, Stephanie Remington, and Joe Szewczak

Coordinator: Cynthia Perrine, csgperrine@yahoo. com

Description: Workshop participants will be introduced to thecology and conservation of California bats through lectures and demonstrations on species accounts, physiology, anatomy, behavioral ecology, conservation issues, and mitigation strategies. Field techniques of mist-netting, assessing species presence or absence, & acoustic monitoring will be demonstrated with participants assisting in set-up and analysis. Evening field exercises should allow capture of several bat species and give participants practice in recording data from captured individuals. Participants must furnish proof of rabies vaccination to handle bats. All participants will participate in field techniques of mist-net set-up and acoustic monitoring. 20 participants maximum!

Registration: More information coming soon.

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