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Sierra Bioregional Rendezvous

Date: October 28, 2018

Time: All Day


Sponsor: California Naturalist

Location: Miners Foundry & Cultural Center

Event Details

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Announcing the California Naturalist Program Sierra Bioregional Rendezvous on October 28, 2018! Registration is open! Submit a lightning talk! We'll meet at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City. We are excited to work with our partners at Sierra Streams Institute to offer a one day gathering for California Naturalists and interested friends. All are welcome. Naturalist updates, field walks with experts, plenary speakers, lunch, and a final gathering, book exchange and reception will all be included in this fun, packed day. We'll rendezvous in the Sierra foothills to feed our curiosity, inspire each other, and build community! 


Plenary Speakers

Obi Kauffman

Obi Kaufmann is author of the award winning California Field Atlas, a lavishly illustrated, 550-page book that takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories with hundreds of exquisite hand-painted maps and trail paintings. For poet, painter and naturalist Obi Kaufmann, California is a magic network of living systems that connect in a grand, quilted array of ecology and beauty. 


 Dr. Sarah Yarnell from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences will speak about her work on Foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) ecology and conservation and Sierra meadow restoration. Dr. Yarnell is a recognized expert on the Foothill yellow-legged frog, a California species of special concern. Her most recent work includes evaluation and restoration of headwater systems, particularly montane meadows in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges.  




8:30-9:00 Registration and coffee 
9:00-9:30 Welcome
9:30-11:00 Lightning Talks
11:00-12:00 Plenary 1
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:45 Plenary 2
2:00-5:00 Field Trips
5:00-6:00 Closing reception, book exchange

Lightning Talks


If your topic is of interest to a wide range of people and you would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with others afterward, consider a lightning talk. For this dispersed community of California Naturalists to grow and thrive, we need to actively share and learn from each other! It is important to discuss what we're doing and what we're passionate about with others. The lightning talks give a low pressure, quick-and-clean review of important highlights of your naturalist experience. They provide a fun and lively forum for attendees to share and inspire with information about their California Naturalist programs and volunteer efforts. Please head to the Lightning Talk page to learn more.

Field Excursions & Workshops

Pepperwood (Funke) 2

Ever found yourself admiring a moss covered rock and wishing you knew more? Are you interested in cultural history and Traditional Ecological Knowledge? Water quality monitoring & citizen science? Want to freshen up your environmental education toolkit or collaborate at the intersection of art and science? We have something for everyone at the rendezvous! Each attendee may choose from one of five field excursions/workshops. Read about all your options here!


Registration is open! Here's the link. Be sure to check out your field excursion and workshop choices (link above) first! The California Naturalist program is committed to building an inclusive community. We are trying something new called equity pricing that we hope will serve the community better and allow us to recover the costs of holding this event. Be sure to register ASAP for early bird pricing and if you are low income or have extenuating circumstances- We have a limited number of subsidized tickets available. Early bird pricing expires October 12. After October 12 registration prices go up by $15.

Natural History Book/Information Exchange


If you'd like to participate in a free information exchange, please bring something fun with you to share (an old field guide or two, natural history fiction or non-fiction book, a great map, brochure to a neat place you visited, a magazine or article, poem, a nature-inspired recipe or craft, flier for an upcoming event or organization you work with etc) and plan to take something fun home in return! We'll collect your item(s) at registration and lay them out for you to peruse during the final reception. Leftover items will be donated to a public library. In addition, Obi Kaufmann and UC ANR publishing will have books for sale at the event. 

 Getting to the Rendezvous

 SSI (Santos) 2

Find/Share either a ride or a rustic cabin (details on cabins below) or both on this Google spreadsheet. There are two tabs, one for a ride, one for the cabin.

Located in the county seat, Nevada City is approximately 60 miles from NE Sacramento and within a 90 minute drive of eight California Naturalist course partners. Want to carpool? Find or offer a ride here. The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is located at 325 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959. There is a large parking lot in the back of the building and parking on the street if that lot fills. 

We have not booked a hotel block for the rendezvous, but we can recommend the Outside Inn, right in downtown Nevada City. Here's the Chamber of Commerce lodging site. For a more rustic experience, we recommend Woolman at Sierra Friends Center. They rent twelve A-frame 2-person cabins for $55, eight 6-person cabins for $85 and offer camping for $25 per car, all with bathhouse access. Want to share a cabin? Find cabin mates here. Located off a dirt road about 15 minutes from the Miners Foundry. 

 About our Partner, Sierra Streams Institute

 Sierra Streams Institute (SSI) and California Naturalist have been collaborating to offer a Nevada city and surrounds California Naturalist certification course since 2014. SSI is a watershed monitoring, research, and restoration group based in Nevada City, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Founded in 1995 as Friends of Deer Creek, SSI has grown to become an important voice in the regional scientific community—but they are still proud to call Deer Creek their home watershed.

Sierra Streams Institute believes in putting the best practices of science to work on behalf of environmental and human health. They work directly with citizen scientists to collect water quality, benthic macroinvertebrate, algae, wildlife and physical habitat data. There are numerous benefits of working with citizen scientists including providing experiential learning to a diverse audience, fostering community members to be advocates for their own watershed, identifying streams in need of restoration, contributing baseline information to state and local agencies, and compiling longitudinal datasets necessary for establishing long-term trends for streams and for studying the effects of climate change.

Regional Rendezvous Questions? Please call or e-mail Brook Gamble (707) 744-1424 x108.

Thanks to California Naturalist Monique Wales (Sierra Nevada Immersion) of Red Tail Studios, for sharing her beautiful art for the Rendezvous flier. 

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