Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
This guided walk explores El Polin Spring and the peoples, flora, and fauna who have thrived around this restored waterway for centuries. Led by Presidio Trust historian Dr. Barbara Berglund-Sokolov and archaeologist Dr. Kari Jones, the walk invites guests to hear the stories embedded in the landscape and take in the creek’s sights and sounds. Half-mile walk on boardwalk, unpaved trail, and sidewalks. This walk is the perfect introduction to The Fire Thieves poetry reading at 2 pm, but please register for each event separately.
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Calling all aspiring Junior Rangers! Bring your most inquisitive young explorers by the Bay Model to explore this historic marvel through scavenger hunt, tours, garden activities, and waterfront exploration. Admission is always free, and each Junior Ranger will receive an engineer badge, stickers and other educational gift items.
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
In commemoration of Earth Day, learn about the US Army Corps of Engineers’ involvement in the transformation of the former Hamilton Field, U.S. Army Airbase into 1000 acres of restored wetlands. Learn more about the USACE environmental mission and other projects. Hike is approximately a 1.5-miles round trip on a fairly easy stretch of the Bay Trail. Ranger Linda will be waiting for you at the S. Hamilton Park parking lot at the end of Hanger Road in Novato. Rain will cancel hike.
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Having nearly been forced to extinction throughout much of their range in the 18th and 19th centuries, sea otters have made a remarkable comeback. Through their recovery, we are learning new things about their basic biology and ecology, which is forcing coastal scientists and managers to rethink the role of the sea otter in the 21st century. In this talk, Dr. Hughes will discuss the recently discovered habitats of the sea otter and how that relates to the ecology of nearshore ecosystems and their conservation moving forward.
American Cetacean Society – SF Bay Chapter
Admission is free. Donations are encouraged, $10 general, $5 students
Dr. Brent Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology and Conservation at Sonoma State University. Research in his lab seeks to determine the processes that affect the stability of coastal ecosystems. His research centers around coastal habitats – seagrass, salt marsh, and kelp (aka foundation species) – which provide valuable ecosystem services yet are threatened by human activities. Currently, his research focuses on four themes: 1) the consequences of predator recovery on the functioning and stability of ecosystems, 2) the relative influence of climatic drivers and anthropogenic threats of coastal ecosystems, 3) the role of foundation species in structuring nearshore diversity and functioning and in turn the drivers maintaining foundation species stability, and 4) informing management and restoration on the processes that drive ecosystem resilience.
Dr. Hughes received his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Cruz (2014). His post-doctoral experience includes David H. Smith Research Conservation Fellowship at Duke University (2015-2017), University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018), and UC Santa Santa Cruz (2015). http://hughesecology.com/
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm
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