Monday, February 11, 2008

Upcoming Fieldtrip - Blue Oak Ranch Reserve

The Central California Coast Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology will be hosting its first field trip to the new 3,260 acre University of California Blue Oak Ranch Reserve in NE Santa Clara County, near Alum Rock Park and only 7 miles east of San Jose. The ranch is located in a rugged section of the Hamilton Range and supports a wide variety of natural communities such as chaparral, oak woodland, riparian woodland, and ponds. The ranch supports populations of many endangered and rare species including the California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, and foothill yellow-legged frog.

We’ll be getting a first class tour from the new reserve manager, Dr. Michael Hamilton, who is known for his sophisticated use of remotely sensed satellite and automated field monitoring stations. Dr. Hamilton will share with our group his plans for the new reserve and its exciting research program.

The trip will be from 10-3pm on Saturday, Feb. 23. Please RSVP to to sign up and get the logistical details. Members and non-members of CCC SCB Chapter are welcome.

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