Three fascinating topics presented by accomplished scientists.
Ever spot a mushroom and think “friend or foe”? Curious about the state of beavers and whether they could hold the key to mitigating the effects of climate change? Worried that successive years of wildfire have imperiled our local amphibians?
Join Audubon Canyon Ranch for another installment of our highly engaging Science Seminar Series featuring one speaker each month, March through May, 2022.
Purchase tickets for one or all three events!
1) Saturday, March 12, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Christian Schwarz: First Dive Into the World of Fungi — Mushroom enthusiast and research associate Christian Schwarz will take us on a guided tour of this vast branch of the Tree of Life, highlighting the breathtaking range of scale, ecologies, and morphologies of these mysterious organisms.
2) Tuesday, April 12, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Dr. Emily Fairfax: How Beavers Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change — Dr. Fairfax will share her research finding that beavers are both irrigation managers and firefighters. She will explain how the presence of beavers in riparian habitats benefit other riparian organisms.
3) Saturday, May 14, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Julianne Bradbury: Impacts of Fire on Reptiles and Amphibians in Sonoma County — How are amphibians and reptiles, known collectively as herpetofauna, impacted by fire? Some species may be particularly vulnerable to negative impacts from fire due to their relatively low dispersal abilities compared with other groups of animals.