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Climate change, extreme drought, intense wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic can all be linked to humanity's troubled relationship with the natural world.
For more than a decade, healing and deepening connections between people and the environment have been pillars of the UC California Naturalist Program. Partnering with over 80 organizations across the state, the program – a part of University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources – has trained over 6,500 participants and certified more than 5,350 volunteers who engage fellow community members in advancing environmental stewardship and climate resilience.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the program is convening a statewide conference Oct. 7–9 along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, under the theme of “Celebrating Community, Nature and Resilience for a Just Future.” Keynote speakers are José González, founder of Latino Outdoors; Rhiana Jones, director of the Washoe Environmental Protection Department; and Obi Kaufmann, artist and eco-philosopher. Members of the public are invited to register for the conference.
UC Naturalists and Climate Stewards (the latter program was established in 2020), as well as instructors for both certification courses, will gather with community members to reflect on their work, share best practices and chart a path toward a more sustainable and equitable future.
“We're striving to create a welcoming and safe space where we can challenge our own long-standing assumptions and perspectives and hear from a wide range of voices on crucial topics, including the latest on climate change and resilience; participatory science; and equity, diversity and inclusion in the conservation space,” said Gregory Ira, director of the UC California Naturalist Program.
Ira also highlighted the conference's equity-based registration fee structure, aimed at minimizing cost as a barrier to participation.
“We encourage anyone with an interest in learning more about California's unique ecosystems – and becoming a better steward of the environment – to join us for the weekend,” he said. “We truly value the perspectives and experiences you can bring to our conference.”
The conference agenda will feature engaging presentations, hands-on workshops and field trips to the area's natural wonders. Presenters include:
- Herman Fillmore, culture/language resources director, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
- Don Hankins, Professor, Geography and Planning, Chico State University
- Patricia Maloney, Forest and Conservation Biologist, Tahoe Environmental Research Center, UC Davis
- Adina Merenlender, co-founder of the California Naturalist Program and UC Cooperative Extension professor in conservation science
- Jennifer Norris, deputy secretary for biodiversity and habitat, California Natural Resources Agency
- Ken-ichi Ueda, co-founder and co-director of iNaturalist, UC Berkeley School of Information
For more information and to register, visit the conference website at https://ucanr.edu/sites/2022CalNatCon/.
Entomologists, horticulturists, botanists, anthropologists, paleontologists, nematologists, biologists, ornithologists and other scientists are...
Urban Tree Stewardship (UTS) Learning by Leading™ Staff Mentor Abbey Hart (left) with UTS student team member Laia Menendez Diaz (right). (Photo courtesy of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden)
Urban Tree Stewardship (UTS) co-coordinator Alicia Aroche working in the Texas Tree Trials project in the Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo courtesy of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden)
It's happening. The UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day is planned for Sunday, March 6, 2022. This is the 11th year of this free, science-focused...
A tarantula at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The global decline of pollinators ought to concern everybody, and everybody ought to get involved, said bee conservation researcher Lynn Dicks of the...
Keynote speaker Lynn Dicks (far left) of the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, with conference co-chair Neal Williams, pollination ecologist, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and speaker Rachel Vannette of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, who addressed the crowd on her hummingbird research. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Vince Jones (far right) of Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., addressing the crowd on "Implementing a Honeybee Foraging Model and REDAPOLL Fruit Set Predictions in Washington State's Decision Aid System." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's break time in the ARC Ballroom, UC Davis, for the attendees at the International Pollinator Conference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A reception for the crowd at the International Pollinator Conference. The site: the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, Robert Mondavi Institute. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Discussing the conference are these members of the Neal Williams lab. From left pollination ecologist Neal Williams, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and Nick Rosenberger, Colin Fagan and Anna Britzman. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Keynote speaker Christina Grozinger (left), distinguished professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, Pennsylvania State University, with conference co-chair Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Grozinger served as Niño's major professor at Penn State. (Photo by Mea McNeil)
The organizers: From left are Elizabeth "Liz" Luu, events manager, UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center; conference co-chairs Elina Lastro Niño and Neal Williams of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology; and Amina Harris, director, the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
With a buzz here and a buzz there, the 4th International Pollinator Conference, hosted by the University of California, Davis, is underway. The...
Extension piculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology chats with the International Pollinator Conference co-founder Rufus Isaacs of Michigan State University at the Thursday reception. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollinator champion Phyllis Stiles (left) of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation chats with Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology at the Thursday night reception. Niño and Professor Neal Williams are co-chairing the International Pollinator Conference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Amina Harris (right), director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, chats with honey bee veterinarian Terry Ryan Kane of Ann Arbor, Mich., at the Thursday night reception. The Honey and Pollination Center organized the conference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Researcher Aaron Anderson of Oregon State University stands by his poster on "Which Native Plants Should Home Gardeners Grow for Pollinators." Poster sessions are an integral part of the International Pollination Conference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
International Pollinator Conference co-chair Neal Williams shares a laugh with keynote speaker Lynn Dicks (left) of the University of East Anglia, UK, and speaker Rachel Vannette of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)