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CNPS Workshops

California Native Plant Society’s Upcoming Workshops:

2018 Workshops
April 2-5 San Luis Obispo County Flora– San Luis Obispo County
Dave Keil
$395 CNPS Members / $425 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
April 16-18 Vernal Pool Plant Taxonomy – UC Davis & Vernal Pools in Solano, Sacramento, & Yolo Counties
Carol Witham, Jennifer Buck-Diaz
$455 CNPS Members / $475 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
May 1-3 Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé – San Luis Obispo & Morro Bay
Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Rachelle Boul
$375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
June 5-7 Intro to Plant Identification – Southern CA
Nick Jensen, Sandy Namoff
$395 CNPS Members / $415 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
July 10-12 Intro to Plant Identification – Truckee
Josie Crawford
$375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
August 7-9 Wetland/Riparian Plant Idenfitication – Imperial Beach
Dave Magney
$375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
From the CNPS North Coast Chapter: A Primer on Sedges
March 17, 2018, Arcata, CA
Taught by Gordon Leppig

Yosemite workshop

Volunteering: School of Engineering and Sciences

Sacramento School of Engineering and Sciences (SES) are looking volunteers to participate in helping them encourage their female high school students to consider and pursue careers in STEM fields; regardless of whether that involvement is big or small, short-term or long-term. 

  • Kick-off Event – April 13
  • Women in STEM Panel – For this event they are looking for 4 to 5 women of diverse ethnic backgrounds, with various academic and/or working experiences.  These volunteers will be asked to briefly share their educational and/or working experiences as part of a panel presentation to the SES 11th grade female students on the afternoon of Friday April 13.
  • Friday Speaker Series – SES  is still looking for volunteers for their Friday speaker series.  There are currently slots for March 16, May 3, and June 4 . Additional information can be found here: Friday speakers series.  Interested volunteers should contact the Vice-Principal, Pat Bohman (
  • Science Night – Sutterville Elementary School will be having their Science night on Thursday, April 26If you are interested in being a judge for their 5th grade science projects  their please contact Location:  Sutterville Elementary School in the South Land Park Area of Sacramento (4967 Monterey Way). 5:30pm meet time, judging begins just before 6-7 or 7:30. Dinner will be provided to volunteers!

Creek Week 2018

Sacramento Area Creeks Council – Creek Week

Splash Off!

Friday, April 6th, 11 am – Noon

Join us as we Splash Off Creek Week at the Powerhouse Science Center in Del Paso Regional Park, 3615 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento 95821.   See Map
Key Note Speaker will be announced soon.  The 2018 Creek Steward award will go to Mira Loma High School for the Arcade Creek Project.

Bufferlands Birds & Blooms Tour

Saturday, April 7th, 8:30 am – 10:30 am

The Fishhead Lake mitigation wetlands were created as mitigation for earlier wetland losses. The wetland and surrounding uplands are home to waterfowl, songbirds and raptors. Native wildflowers here bloom in early spring. Visitors will receive a packet of native flower seeds.

The meeting location is weather-dependent, so please contact Roger Jones (preferably via email or 916/875-9174) the week preceding the event for exact meeting location and directions.

Arcade Creek Exploration

Saturday, April 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Learn about the land and water of Arcade Creek and the critters that call it home. Go exploring with biologists and see how they use scientific tools. Biologists will guide our exploration of the creek zone and answer questions about riparian habitats and the diversity of wildlife living in them. Bring your curiosity and questions.
Meet at the wetland kiosk, Del Paso Regional Park Natural Area. Park in the neighborhood on Brule Court or Norris Avenue and cross Auburn Blvd. at the Norris Avenue pedestrian crosswalk. No parking on Auburn Blvd. Call 916/454-4544 for more information.

Water Wonderful World

Saturday, April 7th, 10:30 am

Join us in exploring our local waterways! Take a hike to the river and learn all about its journey, see what kinds of animals are living in and along its edge, and learn how keeping our local waterways clean can make life better for all that share this earth! All ages welcomed. Parking fee of $5 waived for Nature Center members.
Please contact the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for further information or directions or call 916/489-4918.

Living in Water

Sunday April 8th 1:30 p.m.

Discover the hidden world of water insects and polliwogs! Using catch and release activities get a close-up look at amazing little animals that live in our pond and can be found in our local waterways. All ages welcomed. A parking fee of $5 is waived for Nature Center members. Please contact the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for further information or directions or call 916/489-4918.

Mather Vernal Pool Public Tours

Critter Walks: Sunday, March 4th & 18th at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Flower Walks: Sunday, April 8th & 29th at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Join Sacramento Splash for a 2-hour tour of the Mather Field vernal pools. In March, the pools should be filled with water and tons of weird, wonderful critters that can only live in this rare habitat. In April, as the spring sun warms the earth and the pools evaporate, the wet phase gives rise to the flower phase. Each pool has its own assortment of critters and flowers depending upon the soil, hydrology and many factors we don’t yet understand. They even change from week to week! For more information and to sign-up, visit’s vernal pool flower walks or call 916/364-2437. Tickets are free. Reservations are required.

West Nature Area Tour at former McClellan AFB

Tuesday, April 10th, 10:00am – Noon

The Air Force will offer a tour of the West Nature Area at the former McClellan Air Force Base. Visitors will learn about the long-term conservation plans for this 220-acre wildlife preserve and the work the Air Force has undertaken to remediate and restore the area. During the tour, Air Force personnel will discuss the site’s natural resources and protected species, as well as habitat management topics such as beaver dam-building activity in the area and invasive plants. If we’re lucky, we may even get to see some of the areas vernal pools in bloom.

Directions: Join us at 3411 Olson St, McClellan CA at 10:00am. Park in lot adjacent to Watt Avenue, at the end of Olson St.  SEE MAP  Meet at the Air Force building where people will take vans or carpool to the West Nature Area.
For questions contact Brian Sytsma, Public Affairs office (916/643-1250 x 257).

Creatures of the Creek

Wednesday, April 11th 6:00pm until dark

Join Regional San Bufferlands biologists on a walking tour of Morrison and Laguna Creeks. Explore the restored habitats of the Bufferlands in search of the animals which call the local creeks home. Sightings of fish, turtles, herons and beavers are all possible as we roam this unique area.

The meeting location is weather-dependent, so please contact Steve Scott at 916/875-9307 or email the week preceding the event for exact meeting location and directions.

Steelhead Creek Beaver Pond Walk

Wednesday, April 11th, 6:30 pm

Early evening is the best time to see beaver activity and lots of other local wildlife. Take a stroll with Mary Tappel through Wolfe Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet at the Ueda Parkway Staging area parking lot on Elkhorn Blvd. and Sorento Rd. east of Steelhead Creek. Call 916/925-1933 or email before April 11th for further information or directions. No need to sign up in advance. NOTE: this event will be cancelled in case of heavy rain.

Clean Up and Celebration!

Saturday, April 14th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ecology and Conservation of the California Red-legged Frog

Ecology and Conservation of the California Red-legged Frog

On May 10, 2018, the Coastal Resources Institute at Swanton Pacific Ranch will present a one day workshop with field training modules on the threatened California red-legged frog.

Workshop Objectives

This is an opportunity to receive training in California Red-legged Frog (CRF) species identification, field sampling techniques, and habitat requirements. Workshop information is designed to be useful for evaluating CRF habitats, assessing potential impacts from projects within the range of CRF, conservation planning, and for educational outreach to agricultural producers and others who are considering projects that may impact CRLF. The instructors cover only minor regulatory and permitting information in this workshop.

Workshop Details

Workshop registration includes a classroom session and afternoon field component on May 10. Registration also includes attendance a night-time field training session as well as coffee, snacks, catered lunch, and materials/handouts. Night training is conducted from 8:00 pm until midnight on either May 9 or May 10; participants will be assigned to one of those two sessions. Field sessions are at ponds within a short drive of the Swanton Pacific Ranch.

Workshop Format

May 10Classroom Session (8:00am-2:00pm) – An overview of the biology and management of the California red-legged frog. Held at the Swanton Pacific Ranch’s Little Creek House, 305 Swanton Road, Davenport, California 95017

May 10 Afternoon Session (2:00pm-6:00pm) – Field trip to ponds within a short drive of the Swanton Pacific Ranch. Habitat requirements and assessment, pond designs, equipment demonstrations, tadpole identification and survey techniques. Personal vehicles are required to travel to the field site.

Night Field Practicum (8:00pm-midnight) – Trish and Greg demonstrate USFWS survey methodology, as well as catching, handling, sexing and measuring adult frogs. Should conditions permit, students will practice these methods at the field site(s).


Thu, May 10, 2018

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM PDT


305 Swanton Road

Davenport, CA 95017

Registration Information

Register by Eventbrite here.

The $525 fee covers instruction, materials, snacks, and a catered lunch.

Western Section Conclave 2018

Western Section Conclave 2018

March 28 – April 1 at Quail Ridge Reserve

The Davis Student Chapter invites students to the 2018 Western Section Student Conclave, an educational event held March 28th to April 1st at Quail Ridge Reserve, a rugged and isolated peninsula on Lake Berryessa in Napa County.

All Student members of Western Section, or a Chapter within Western Section (Student Chapters included) are invited regardless of Student Chapter or institution affiliation. One chaperone must accompany each student group.

A Student Conclave of The Wildlife Society (TWS) is an invaluable professional development opportunity. The event provides college students with hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation and networking opportunities with wildlife professionals. Activities include field trips, workshops, field competitions, local tours, quiz bowls, photography contests, and guest speakers.

Registration ($20) includes tent cabin housing for all nights, meals from dinner Wednesday through Breakfast Sunday and conclave activities that include: a presentation from the California Raptor Center; mist-netting workshop; trail restoration; and much more!  If full registration of 40 students is achieved, the $20 registration fee will be reimbursed at Conclave. The deposit will be collected through an app called Venmo. To make the payment, download the app and send the registration fee to “thewildlifesocietyatucd.”

In order to get an accurate estimate of attendees, they ask that all chapters interested email coordinator Jordan Lara by March 8th and include how many students/chaperones are in your group, as well as any special accommodations required. They also ask that all the chapters try their best to pay the deposit as a single transaction by March 15th. If the payment option does not work for you or if you have any questions, contact Jordan.

They are also pleased to announce that they will be offering travel grants to all chapters interested in attending. They were able to set aside $1,000 in total for travel grants. Jordan can provide more information to the chapters that are interested in the grant.

March For Science

Do you want to strengthen the presence of science in schools and public policy?

March For Science is slated for 4/14/2018 at the State Capitol!

Join other concerned members of the local science community as we march to express the importance of science. It’s an international affair as others will be marching in locales around the world on this same day!

March For Science – Sacramento (website)

March For Science – Sacramento (facebook)

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AquAlliance Conference: Vernal Pools

Vernal Pool Landscapes: Past, Present, and Future

On April 11, 12, and 13, 2018, this  2-day conference and 1-day field trip is taking place in Chico, California.

This prestigious conference is brought to you by AquAlliance and will be held on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday April 12, 2018 at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. Field trips to explore some magnificent local sites will take place on Friday, April 13th. The conference will assist planners, agency staff, ranchers, conservationists, and builders to understand the importance of the vernal pool ecosystem and what mechanisms exist or are currently under development to protect it. We highly encourage student attendance. Eminent scholars, agency representatives, and other professionals will present research and case studies regarding plants, animals, and microbe species dependent on vernal pool landscapes, conservation efforts, legal cases, and management techniques that have been used to enhance the economic and biological viability of certain lands.

California has lost 95% of the estimated five million acres of wetlands that were present in the 1780’s (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 2000). With urban expansion and the conversion of grasslands to intensive agriculture, vernal pool landscapes continue to be lost at an alarming rate.

AquaAlliance Vernal Pool Conference 2018

Wildlife Research Workshops: Ringtails

Ringtail Live-trapping, Morphometrics, Camera-detection, and Radiotelemetry Workshop

On March 9, 10, and 11, 2018, this 3-day field-based workshop will be conducted in the Sutter Buttes. Individuals will actively participate in the live-trapping process for meso-carnivore-sized mammals (specifically targeting ringtails).

This will be a “hands-on” workshop with active participation in live-trapping of ringtails and with demonstrations of morphometric data acquisition and ear-tagging of captured ringtails. Included are examinations of radio telemetry and camera detection techniques. The following is a schedule for these three days:

Friday March 9, 2018 – 8:00 am-6:00 pm – Learning about Sutter Buttes history and site information, trapping etiquette, our responsibility to landowners, our responsibility to the animals we capture, site selection for traps, and an introduction to radio telemetry. Workshop participants will be assisting with setting Tomahawk live-traps in multiple locations.

Saturday March 10, 2018 – 8:00 am-6:00 pm – Checking live-traps for captures, resetting empty traps, transporting any ringtails to a central working location, sedating ringtails, obtaining morphometric measures, and release of recovered ringtails at trapping location(s). An introduction to camera trapping techniques will also be a part of the curriculum for this day.

Sunday March 11, 2018 – 8:00 am-6:00 pm – Checking live-traps for captures, recovery/removal of empty traps, transporting any ringtails to a central working location, sedating ringtails, obtaining morphometric measures, and release of recovered ringtails at trapping location(s). Additional radio telemetry experience and camera trapping experience is a part of the curriculum for the day.


Wildlife Studies 

UC Davis Workshop – Salmonids

Disease in Pacific Salmonids: Research, Monitoring and Management Workshop

Date: March 14, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: UC Davis ARC Ballroom A

Along the west coast of the United States, pathogens and disease have been linked to declining numbers of salmonids and identified as a stressor resulting in mortality. Disease can result in the ultimate or proximate cause of fish mortality. In adult salmon, morality events spurred by diseased are commonly observed under high spawning densities and warm water temperatures. In juvenile salmon, pathogens and diseases cause acute mortality but can also impact swimming performance and susceptibility to predation. There are many unanswered questions regarding the linkages between environmental conditions and the role that pathogens and disease play in salmon population productivity. During this workshop we will 1) explore our current state of knowledge about salmon pathogens and disease in California, 2) learn about the tools that are available and being developed to better study disease and disease impacts, 3) examine cases studies from other river systems that have integrated monitoring and research to manage in-season disease effects on salmon, and 4) identify key information and knowledge gaps necessary to fill to guide research and management of pathogens and disease in wild salmon populations.

Registration deadline is March 8, 2018. Disease in Pacific Salmonids Workshop