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Being with Bears: North Bay Bear Collaborative

Thursday, January 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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FREE (donations welcome)
Ages 13 and up welcome (under 13 welcome with adult supervision)
VIRTUAL – meet on Zoom

The North Bay and California have a long ecological and cultural relationship with bears. But due to grizzly extirpation, urbanization and intolerance of carnivores this relationship is being lost. Similarly, our relationship with fire has been truncated. But as megafires increase and new generations of black bears colonize the North Bay, it is necessary for us to once more understand these elements. Through bear scat DNA analysis, mapping tools, and community collaboration the North Bay Bear Collaborative are monitoring how black bears respond to fire, use these post burned areas, and disperse across this landscape.

Meghan Walla-Murphy has had the great fortune of being able to combine her passions for wildlife, writing and outreach into vocations of habitat conservation and public awareness. As an educator, wildlife ecologist and writer of books, essays and articles, Meghan strives to help people connect to their external and internal landscapes through observation and tracking. In addition to a formal academic background, Meghan has had the privilege of tracking across the U.S. and internationally with indigenous cultures who continue to live close to the land. This academic and practical training has given Meghan the ability to meet and unravel some of our most pressing environmental, social, and political challenges from many diverse perspectives. Some of Meghan’s current projects include a habitat connectivity project in Sonoma County and lead of the North Bay Bear Collaborative. Meghan is faculty in the Natural Resource Management Dept. at Santa Rosa Junior College and an instructor for University CA Master Naturalist Program. For more information please visit her website:

This webinar will consist of a live multimedia presentation and include time for facilitated Q&A.

*This lecture will be held online using the Zoom Webinar platform. Once you register, you will be emailed the link and instructions on how to join the Zoom Webinar at the scheduled time. You can join this event using a computer, smartphone, or tablet – in your web browser or by downloading the Zoom application.

This event is part of the Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3) Winter Webinar Series, hosted by Pepperwood and Conservation Biology Institute:

Of wildlife and wildfire: biodiversity monitoring and management in fire-adapted landscapes

In the past few decades, California wildfires have increased in size, number, and return frequency. This four-part Pepperwood webinar series explores some of the North Bay’s wildlife monitoring efforts with a focus on the empirical measurements of wildfire impacts on medium and large terrestrial mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. These wildlife monitoring efforts use long-term camera surveys, scat collection, coverboards, and GPS collars to provide baseline information about animal populations and can also capture how wildlife respond to fire. The TBC3 webinars will expand regional understanding of how wildlife respond to burns, which features promote wildfire resilience, and how stewardship practices can benefit wildlife.


Thursday, January 27
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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