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2011 Sagehen Summer Speaker Series:

June 29 -August 23, 2011


After last season's hiatus for construction projects, Sagehen Creek Field Station & the Truckee River Watershed Council have lined up another roster of interesting summer speakers & topics this summer.

We pride ourselves on recruiting some of the top folks in the country to come and share their knowledge with the public. We'll post information on the speakers & topics as it becomes available.

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

A few requirements:

  1. Kids welcome!
  2. We will have trash receptacles in the meeting area.
  3. No pets beyond the main gate--no exceptions!
  4. We will have folks to assist you in parking; carpooling is a good thing!
  5. No fires!
  6. Folks with special access needs are asked to contact the station several days in advance so that we can make arrangements to accomodate these needs.

Directions to the station are available here, or download a printable information sheet

PDF Map and directions (286K). 11-30-02   PDF Information Sheet (323K). 5-20-03

The station opens to the public at 4:30pm (2:30 for field trips). We invite you to come in and bring a picnic dinner. The talks begin at 6:00pm & run until around 8:00pm.

Date: Speaker: Topic:

August 4


Vladimir Pravosudov Associate Professor, Department of Biology
University of Nevada, Reno

"Harsh winter environment, memory and the brain in food-caching chickadees."

Synopsis: Chickadees (including local mountain chickadees) rely on food caching to survive the winter. These birds use memory to find thousands of caches made during the Fall when food is abundant. Colder and snowier winters make foraging conditions more difficult as birds need to eat more to compensate for colder temperatures, yet snow makes foraging more difficult. In these conditions food caches and enhanced memory needed to find them become especially critical for survival. I will present data showing that chickadees in more harsh climates cache more food, have better memory and enhanced structure of the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in memory.  I will also present new data showing that our local mountain chickadees from high elevations also have better memory than chickadees from lower elevation. I will then discuss what makes chickadees at higher elevations "smarter" and "brainier".

August 23


Sponsored by:
Tahoe National Forest

Public showing of "Green Fire", a documentary on Aldo Leopold.

Leopold was a hunter, forester, ground-breaking environmentalist and founder of the field of Wildlife Management. His book, "A Sand County Almanac", is a high classic of American conservationism.

Aldo's son, Starker Leopold, founded Sagehen Creek Field Station. Another son, Luna Leopold, founded the field of Fluvial Geomorphology here at Sagehen.

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Kidzone Family Camp

August 12-August 14, 2011

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 12-August 14, 2011 (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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August 15-19, 2011

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. 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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