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Bay Nature Talks: People, Science, and Nature at One Tam

March 18, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Find out how people like you are fueling plant and wildlife conservation on Mt. Tamalpais through community science.

Join Lisette Arellano, Community Science Program Manager at One Tam, in conversation with Mary Ellen Hannibal, science journalist and author of Citizen Science: Searching for Heroes and Hope in the Age of Extinction. The One Tam program supports the health of Mount Tamalpais through a variety of community science activities. Lisette will discuss three ongoing projects:

  • The Marin Wildlife Picture Index Project uses camera traps to collect wildlife data over a large area on Mt. Tam and adjacent public lands.
  • The Bioblitz series follows in the footsteps of the Marin Municipal Water District rare plant safaris and invites community scientists to Mt. Tam to document taxonomic groups using the iNaturalist platform.
  • The Tamalpais Bee Lab is a collaboration between One Tam and Dr. Gretchen LeBuhn at San Francisco State University to monitor the species richness and abundance of pollinators on Mt. Tam.

Mary Ellen will lead a conversation on the connection between individual action and larger action—regional, continental, and global—and how One Tam’s efforts fit into a broader regional and state-wide picture. Then, we’ll finish up with a Q&A.

Learn more about One Tam in these Bay Nature stories: One Tam’s Meteoric Rise in MarinOne Tam: Bees Bring a Mountain TogetherOne Tam: Teams Using Tech, & One Tam: Where the Wildlife Are.

About the speakers:

Dr. Lisette Arellano works at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy as the Community Science Program Manager for the One Tam collaborative. Her team supports the health of Mount Tamalpais through a variety of community science activities that aim to address ecological data gaps, implement long-term monitoring, provide meaningful educational opportunities, and promote curiosity and participation in a wide range of audiences. She is an ecologist, naturalist, educator, and storyteller with broad interests. Her inspiration comes from growing up in the Bay Area and Mexico City and experiencing the juxtaposition of urban and biodiverse areas. You can often find her outside making iNaturalist observations while running and mountain biking.

Mary Ellen Hannibal is an environmental journalist and the author of five books. Among many fellowships and residencies, she is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science and Society Award and Stanford University’s Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. Of her book The Spine of the Continent: The Race to Save America’s Last, Best Wilderness, Publisher’s Weekly wrote “this is what science writing should be: fascinating and true.” Her most recent book, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, was named a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and won a Nautilus book award. She is a creator and writer of “Nature in the City,” a spatio-temporal map of San Francisco, synthesizing more than 40 maps of the terrain and telling stories of change over time. She is a regular contributor to many publications, including The New York Times, Science, Nautilus, and Bay Nature. She is an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts. Her recent TED talk is about butterflies and the human soul.

Photo: courtesy Marin County Parks




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