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Monitoring Oak Woodland Wildlife Communities following the Mendocino Complex Fire

Friday, January 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

| Free

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

More frequent megafires threaten some of California’s most valuable and biodiverse ecosystems. Oak woodlands support a wide array of ecosystem services and wildlife, but the potential short and long term effects on native wildlife populations are not well understood. We use a combination of biodiversity monitoring tools to understand how wildlife communities recover and persist following extreme wildfires.

Kendall Calhoun is a PhD Candidate in the Brashares Lab in the department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on understanding the impacts of recent shifts in California’s fire regimes on native wildlife communities. Using a combination of biodiversity monitoring techniques he observes the response and potential recovery of wildlife species to recent extreme fire events. His current field work takes place in the Hopland Research and Extension Center, assessing the impacts of the 2018 River Fire on oak woodland mammal and bird communities using camera traps, acoustic/ultrasonic monitors and GPS-tracking.

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.


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