Hear from Pepperwood’s leaders in the field of conservation science through these recent and upcoming webinar offerings!
Upcoming – Register today:
Thursday, September 3: In this special presentation you will hear from Devyn Friedfel, Pepperwood’s Natural Resource Specialist, and Jason Mills, Sonoma Ecology Center’s Restoration Manager, as they discuss the importance of controlling invasive species, and how to do it effectively.
The Forest Beneath our Feet: Exploring the beauty and complexity of California’s grasslands – Michelle Halbur
Thursday, October 15: Learn how Pepperwood is managing our sweeping grasslands – one of the most invaded and threatened systems in California – to support native biodiversity, healthy soils and water quality, and in turn providing benefit to all residents of our community.
Thursday, November 19: Join us for an inside perspective on the lives of fascinating animals and how their presence indicates ecosystem health. Since 2012, Pepperwood has been using wildlife cameras to monitor the fauna of the Mayacamas Mountain range using the internationally recognized Wildlife Picture Index method. We will go over all we have learned, including how wildlife seems to be responding to recent wildfires
Tracking Our Feathered Friends: Bird Diversity Trends at Pepperwood – Michelle Halbur and Nicole Barden
Thursday, December 10: Join staff members Michelle Halbur and Nicole Barden as you learn about the importance of birds as indicators of ecosystem health and how watching and listening to birds tells us the story of our landscape. You’ll hear the results of 14 years of bird monitoring data collected at Pepperwood by community scientists.
Recent – Recordings available to view now:
In this webinar we share how animals can safely navigate a changing climate by using wildlife corridors as “escape routes” to move to more suitable places, as well as how Pepperwood is using wildlife cameras to monitor the health of wildlife populations and their response to increasing risks of fire.
Building Landscape Resilience Through Connectivity: Mayacamas to Berryessa Corridor Project – Morgan Gray
Join us to learn how connected landscapes benefit our community, and what you can do to help save and restore natural habitat connections. We’ll use the Mayacamas to Berryessa (M2B) project as an example to show how corridors — and their climate benefit — can be mapped, and ultimately used for on-the-ground conservation action.
Emerging from the Ashes: How fire-shaped communities are responding to the Tubbs and Kincaid fires – Michelle Halbur
This presentation provides a high-level overview of pre- and post-fire ecosystem indicators, highlights botanical observations including 12 new fire-following plant species to the preserve, showcase the beautifully recovering landscape, and describes how these findings are informing resilience strategies.
Can large landscape conservation help protect local communities from the growing threats of climate change? This presentation with Lisa Micheli, Pepperwood’s President and CEO, highlights examples of how climate resilience in these arid regions around the world – including in our own backyard – is being advanced via coordinated large-landscape conservation.
Learn from Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator, Clint McKay, about how native people have cared for their land, water, and wildlife with fire for centuries. Clint will highlight Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) around fire, and relate it to how we can think about shifting our current land practices to reduce and rethink the impacts of wildfires.