Although many plants, animals, and ecosystem processes benefit from fire, we have a limited understanding of how wildfire impacts medium and large terrestrial mammals. Long-term studies are essential to understand how animals respond to fires and guide management that promotes wildfire resilience. We use time series data from a grid of 20 wildlife cameras at Pepperwood Preserve to explore how fire severity, diet type, and local vegetation interact to influence temporal trends in the presence and abundance of wild mammal species over the two years after the 2017 Tubbs fire.
Morgan Gray, PhD, UC Berkeley (Environmental Science, Policy, and Management)
FREE (donations welcome)
Ages 13 and up welcome (under 13 welcome with adult supervision)
VIRTUAL – meet on Zoom
Having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Morgan saw the impacts of development on the diverse wild spaces that make the region unique, and considers biodiversity conservation a lifelong vocation. As a Conservation Analyst at Pepperwood, Morgan uses data about wildlife, climate, and the environment to keep our landscapes connected and resilient. Her PhD research at UC Berkeley showed how human land use shapes where animals live, and has informed regional conservation plans that will help wildlife thrive.
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.