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Opening Ceremony Presentations (please click the title of the talk to view presentation videos)

Plenary Presentations (please click the title of the talk to view presentation videos)

People, Parks & Diversity Presentations (please click the title of the talk to view presentation videos)

  Engaging with Nature and Interpretation
  Ken-ichi Ueda, iNaturalist, Cal Academy of Sciences iNaturalist: new developments for naturalists
  Elizabeth Hammack, State Parks Engaging your audience through interpretive communication

Coupling Science and Art

Q&A with Presenters


John Muir Laws, Nature writer & artist Exploring nature, art, and stewardship
  Dr. Nicholas Bauch, Spatial History Project, Stanford Artistic-Geographical Practice: Bridging science and art with digital publishing

 Fiona MacLean, Science illustrator & animator


Learning the Art of Science Communication Through Animation


  Marine Conservation  Ann Wasser, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History LIMPETS: A powerful citizen science network for intertidal monitoring
  Dr. Mark Carr, Long Marine Lab, UCSC Next Generation Naturalists and California's Network of Marine Protected Areas
  Dr. Chris Pincetich, Instructor California Naturalist Program Citizen Science and Naturalist Contributions Can Protect California Current Marine Life

Traditional Ecological Knowledge & Historical Ecology

Q&A with Presenters

Chuck Striplen (Amah Mutsun), San Francisco Estuary Institute Bringing TEK into a Science-based Planning Framework
  Erin Beller, San Francisco Estuary Institute Contributions of Historical Ecology to Landscape Level Planning and Restoration in California
  Sage LaPena (Nomptipom Wintu), Ethnobotanist Traditional Ecological Knowledge and today's naturalists

Global Change & Biodiversity Presentations


Streams and fresh water management

Dr. Lisa Micheli, Pepperwood Preserve

Where does the rain go? Towards an integrated hydrologic monitoring strategy.


Jennifer Carah, The Nature Conservancy

RiverSmart Vineyards: Enhanced flows for salmonids, water security for agriculture


Dr. Sasha Gennet, The Nature Conservancy

Moving toward a watershed management approach for the Salinas River: Farms, Fish, and the Flyway


Ecological restoration and invasive species

Dr. Edith Allen, UC Riverside

Invasive species and restoration of California grasslands and shrublands


Dr. Edwin Grosholz, UC Davis

Balancing biological invasions and habitat restoration in coastal ecosystems


Dr. Juliana Gonzalez, The Watershed Project Bay Area

A Community of Stewards



Dr. Max Moritz, UC Berkeley

Fire and California Naturalists


Disturbance ecology

Dr. Ryan DeSantis, UC Coop. Extension

Disturbance effects on xeric oak forests



 Bruce Delgado

Maritime chaparral recovery after fire and habitat restoration



Dr. Sam Veloz, Point Blue

Preparing for ecological surprises: Climate smart conservation


Species response to climate change

Dr. Emily Burns, Save the Redwoods League

Citizen Science and the Redwood Forest



Dr. Stu Weiss, Creekside Center for Earth Observation

Up, down and sideways: Species responses to warming in the White Mountains, CA

Poster Presentations


Poster title, primary author (last, first), organization

Teaching Naturally: Exploring a California Naturalist Program for Teachers. Adden, Birit, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

A Manual and Guide for a Docent-Led Nature Walk through the natural habitats of Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. Bornstein, Henry, Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association.

Using Coverboards and Citizen Scientists to Determine Herpetofauna Distributions along Moisture Gradients. Byrne, Julie, Sonoma State University & Pepperwood Preserve.

Enhancing Community Awareness of Wildfire Danger: Using Live Fuel Moisture Data Collected by Citizen Science Volunteers. Castaneda, Kathy, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Wildlife movement in Coyote Valley: a study to assist in the enhancement and preservation of a critical wildlife corridor. Chiarappa-Zucca, Marina, De Anza Community College.

Working with our partners we provide innovative interpretation at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Clark-Gray, Patricia, California State Parks.

Protecting America’s Biggest Cat - Mountain Lions and Human Interaction & Conflict. Claxton, Kathleen Susie.            

3 Ways to Become a Salmon Warrior. Clune, Catie, Turtle Island Restoration Network.

Planning for Volunteer Placement Following Completion of the CA Naturalist Program:  Piloting an Informal Needs Assessment. Crumley, Diane, Solano County Resource Conservation District.

California Project Learning Tree. Derby, Sandra, UCCE/ Project Learning Tree.

Citizen Science at Hirschman's Pond. Durben, Rachel, Sierra Streams Institute.

Docent Program Development at the University of California's Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve. Evans, Elizabeth.

Geographic Distribution of Tree Squirrels in California - A Citizen Science Approach To Gathering Data. Garcia, Rosemary, California State University, Los Angeles.

Pinnacles National Park – A Haven for California Naturalists. Johnson, Paul, National Park Service.

Community Health Impacts from Mining Exposure. Keeble-Toll, Alexandria, Sierra Streams Institute.

A Model For Undergraduate Naturalist Training: Lessons From 40+ Years of UCSC's Natural History Field Quarter Class. Lay, Chris, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Surveying California's southernmost pronghorn population, Tejon Ranch, Antelope Valley, California Lydecker, Bill, Tejon Ranch Conservancy.

Vegetation Mapping of a Watershed Powered By Citizen Science. Lynch, Eve.   

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California's Oaks. Marianchild, Kate. Heyday Publishers (See Kate’s book at the Natural History Book Corner, too).

One Fish, Two Fish, Coho? Go Fish! Mayo, Suzanna, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.

Establishing valley oaks (Quercus lobata) in Groasis® Waterboxxes – a head start for an oak woodland’s next generation? McCurdy, Kate, UCSB Sedgwick Reserve.

Reaching Out to Under-Resourced, Under-Served Urban Communities: The Tidewater Service Area Project in East Oakland. Mendoza, Francis, East Bay Regional Park District.

Stewardship in Action. Miller-Cripps, Rebecca, UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra.

RVOEP Monarch Way Station/Butterfly Habitat. Monroe, Cathy, Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project.

The Monterey Pine Forest: Coastal California's Living Legacy. Nedeff, Nicole, The Monterey Pine Forest Watch (See Nicole’s book at the Natural History Book Corner, too).

Foundations of an Ongoing Citizen Science Program Monitoring Plant Phenology at Pepperwood in Sonoma County. Papper, Prahlada, Pepperwood Preserve.

Citizen Monitoring of Bees in Urban Sonoma, California. Pawelek, Jaime, Urban Bee Lab, UC Berkeley.

California Naturalists and Marine Debris Action Teams - Teaching Citizen Science and Reducing Ocean Pollution. Pincetich, Christopher, Point Reyes National Seashore Association.

Smartphone Apps and Biodiversity Databases: How Useful Are They Really? Plummer, Todd, Wild Marin Nature Tours.

Inland Empire Naturalist: A Collaborative Approach to CA Naturalist Courses. Raleigh, Carrie, UCCE.

Assist the Arboretum at UCSC  to Become a Member of the Center for Plant Conservation. Schettler, Suzanne, Greening Associates.

Interpretative exhibit in abstract collage of common wild animal tracks and gaits in Sonoma County Bodega Dunes and Salmon Creek. Schindler, Lydia.

The UC Santa Cruz Fungal Herbarium Sequencing Intitiative: Citizen Science, Diverse Communities, and the Mycelium that Binds. Schwarz, Christian, UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum: Connecting People with Wildlife to Inspire Responsibility and Respect for the World We Share. Strongman, Melissa, Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

New Melones Lake Quagga and Zebra Mussel Prevention Educational Poster. Suchodolski-Patania, Sandra, Bureau of Reclamation.

SLEWS Program Changing Hearts, Minds, and Landscapes. Suzuki, Nina, Center for Land-Based Learning.

Bladderpod Survival With and Without Gopher Cages. Young, Brian, Los Angeles Audubon Society.