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Coming in Fall 2017: Save the Dates!

We have an exciting series of field trips and lectures shaping up for fall 2017. Save the dates! And check back again—there may be additional attractions. Full descriptions and details, including registration information, will be provided later in summer via email, our Magpie Calls newsletter, and here on our website: www.syvnature.org. The featured image of petroglyphs is by Sam Spaulding. …

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The Program Report highlights Summer and Fall 2016 field trips and photos.

Simply click on Program Reports on the menu bar, above. Featured photo by Merrilee Fellows

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Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.: Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History

Free lecture and book signing with Dan Flores. Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m. Legion Wing, Veterans Memorial Hall. 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang. While frequently seen in Santa Barbara County, and increasingly found even in urban areas across the country, the coyote remains a mysterious animal with its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience. Dan Flores’s most recent and …

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Saturday, February 11, 6:45 p.m.: Annual Members’ Meeting at Sedgwick Reserve, preceding Oak Studies lecture

Annual Members’ Meeting Saturday, February 11, 6:45 p.m. Tipton House, UC Sedgwick Reserve. 3566 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez. Immediately preceding the California Oak Studies lecture at Sedgwick Reserve, the annual Members’ meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m., to elect and introduce new board members for 2017, and hear a brief Treasurer’s report. Members, please join us in the Tipton …

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Saturday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.: A Trilogy of California Oak Studies: Phylogeny, Phenology, and “Flow-ology”

Free lecture with Victoria Sork and Andy Lentz Saturday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. Tipton House, UC Sedgwick Reserve. 3566 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez. As oaks in California face ever-changing threats to their survival, this timely talk will deepen our understanding of their evolutionary history as well as their fragility and potential resilience. Victoria Sork and Andy Lentz will present three …

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Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.: Harnessing Water & Harvesting Soil: 2,000 Years of Water Harvesting in the Petra Hinterlands

Free lecture with Erin Addison. Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Grange. 2374 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos. Erin Addison is an historian and landscape architect who has worked in Jordan since 1994. She began her work in the Middle East as a Fulbright scholar researching the water infrastructure and politics of the Umayyad Caliphate in the 8th …

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Saturday, March 4, 9:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.: Exploring Mount Dibblee

Field trip with Larry Ballard Saturday, March 4, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 25. Members free/non-members $20. Pre-registration required at synature@west.net or 805 693-5683. This infrequently used trail takes us through a large stand of chaparral on the upper west part of UCSB Sedgwick Reserve. The chaparral is entirely Buckbrush, Ceanothus cuneatus, one of the most widely distributed …

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Saturday, March 18, 9:00 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m.: Carrizo Plain National Monument

Field trip with Denis Kearns. Saturday, March 18, 9:00 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 25. Advance registration required at synature@west.net or 805 693-5683. Members free/non-members $20. Join us for an adventure in Carrizo Plain National Monument with BLM Botanist Denis Kearns, where we may (depending on rainfall) find acres of spring wildflowers, and will certainly explore …

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Sunday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Local Spring Wildflower Foray

Field trip with Liz Gaspar. Sunday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 20. Advance registration required at synature@west.net or 693-5683. Members free/nonmembers $20. We’re leaving the location open for this spring wildflower foray; Liz Gaspar will decide our local destination based on the best blooms. Last year, she led us through stunning sheets of flowers …

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Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Quiota Creek Birds and Wildflowers

Field trip with Tim Matthews. Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 20. Advance registration required at synature@west.net or 805 693-5683. Members free/nonmembers $20. Join Tim Matthews for a springtime field trip to Quiota Creek on the private Mitchell Ranch. Late April to early May is a great time to observe migrating passerines, who congregate …

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