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  • Winter & Spring 2017 Program: Field Trip Registration Opened January 9

    We have an exciting series of field trips and lectures lined up for 2017. Full details are below and in the Magpie Calls newsletter. Registration for field trips began January 9, and all field trips are full. Lectures are open to all, they are free, …

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  • New Coyote

    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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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  • Spring 2017 Calendar Coming Soon

    Join us! A preview of our Spring 2017 programing will be posted this month, with full details and field trip registration coming in early January. We have another line-up of excellent presenters and field trip leaders. Please stay tuned.

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  • FEATURE ARTICLE: Monardellas of our Coastal Dunes

    by Larry Ballard On the matter of arguelloensis, I have seen it in a number of places near Pt. Arguello on Vandenberg, and from the first time I saw it to present day, it has always been distinct to me and quite different from the …

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  • Fall 2016 Field Trip Registration for Members and Non-Members

    Member priority registration began Tuesday, August 16. Non-member registration began Friday, August 26. Members receive priority registration for our classes and field trips, which often fill to capacity and have waiting lists. Registration is necessary only for field trips and classes. Typically, lectures and films …

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    Thursday, September 15: Global Warming: Could Scientists Be Wrong?

    Free lecture and book signing with James Lawrence Powell. Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by Solvang Library. Legion Wing, Veterans Memorial Hall. 1745 Mission Dr., Solvang. Scientists have been wrong before: think of continental drift, deep time, and meteorite impact. Could they be wrong …

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    Saturday, October 1: Whose Fault Is It? The Geology Behind Santa Barbara’s Scenic Beauty

    Field trip with Jan Dependahl. Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. to about 5:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 25. Advance registration required at synature@west.net or 805 693-5683. Member registration begins: August 16. Non-member registration begins: August 26. Members free/non-members $20. Do you ever look at …

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    Tuesday, October 11: King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think about Nature

    Free lecture and book signing with William C. Tweed. Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. Legion Wing, Veterans Memorial Hall. 1745 Mission Dr., Solvang. Join us for a fascinating evening as one of California’s preeminent naturalists unspools a history that echoes across generations and continents. Former …

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    Saturday, October 15: Wild Condors

    Field trip to Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge with Joseph Brandt. Saturday, October 15, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participation is limited 25. Advance registration required at synature@west.net or 805 693-5683. Member registration begins: August 16. Non-member registration begins: August 26. Members free/non-members free. This …

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    Thursday, October 27: Grizzly Bears, Biodiversity, and Fire in the Chaparral

    Free lecture with Richard W. Halsey. Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m. Legion Wing, Veterans Memorial Hall. 1745 Mission Dr., Solvang. Once home to the California grizzly bear, and where the last California condors were able to hold off extinction, the chaparral remains one of the …

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    Saturday, November 5: Documentary Film TIME TO CHOOSE

    Free screening of documentary film. Saturday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. Little Theater, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. 2975 East Highway 246. Santa Ynez, CA. The Little Theater at SY High School is located directly across from El Rancho Market in Santa Ynez. Join us …

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    Saturday, November 19: Parasites and Food Webs in Our Local Estuaries

    Free lecture with Kevin Lafferty. Saturday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. Tipton Meeting House, UC Sedgwick Reserve. 3566 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez. Join us for an eye-opening talk about the hidden complexities of local aquatic ecosystems. California’s tidal estuaries like the Carpinteria Salt Marsh contain trematode …

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    Saturday, December 3: Birds and Restoration of Devereux Slough

    Field trip with Dan Fontaine and Darwin Richardson. Saturday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 25. Advance registration required at synature@west.net or 805 693-5683. Member registration begins: August 16. Non-member registration begins: August 26. Members free/non-members free. This trip will …

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    Sunday, December 11: Birds and Tide Pools of Morro Bay and Montaña de Oro

    Field trip with Joan Lentz and Larry Ballard. Sunday, December 11,  9:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 25. Advance registration required at synature@west.net or 805 693-5683. Member registration begins: August 16. Non-member registration begins: August 26. Members free/non-members $20. We’ll spend the …

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    First Lecture of the Season ~ Wednesday, January 20: Rock Creek Wildflowers

    Free Lecture with Cathy Rose and Stephen Ingram. Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. Wildling Museum. 1511-B Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463. Author Cathy Rose and photographer Stephen Ingram will present their new book, Rock Creek Wildflowers, published by the California Native Plant Society.  Cathy will …

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    Saturday, February 20: Planting Native Oaks

    Free Workshop with John Evarts and Sedgwick Docents. Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to noon. UC Sedgwick Reserve. 3566 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez. Participation is limited to 30. Advance registration required at synature@west.net 693-5683. What outdoor activity is fun, and in future years will help …

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  • Saturday, February 27: Preceding the Manzanita Lecture: Brief Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members

    Saturday, February 27, 6:45 p.m. Brief Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members. Santa Ynez Valley Grange #644, 2374 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, CA. 7:00 pm: Manzanita Lecture and Book Signing by Tom Parker Members, please join our very brief annual meeting preceding Tom …

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    Saturday, February 27: Why Are There So Many Manzanitas? An Ecology and Evolution Journey

    Free Lecture and Book-Signing with Tom Parker. Co-sponsored by Solvang Library. Saturday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Grange #644. 2374 Alamo Pintado Ave. Los Olivos, CA. The California Floristic Province (CFP) is the center of diversity for manzanitas (Arctostaphylos species, Ericaceae). The CFP …

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    Saturday, March 12: Coreopsis Hill and the Guadalupe Dunes

    Field trip with Larry Ballard. Saturday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 25. Advance registration required at synature@west.net or 693-5683. Members free/nonmembers $20. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge lies within the largest coastal dune system in California. The hike …

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