Discover Nature Webinar: Impacts of Fire on Reptiles and Amphibians in Sonoma County

Thursday, November 4, 2021
10am – 11:30am

$10 suggested donation (Free for Friends of Pepperwood)
Ages 13 and up welcome (under 13 welcome with adult supervision)
VIRTUAL – meet on Zoom

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. In order to effectively plan prescribed burns and prioritize mitigation for potential wildfires, ecologists and land managers must understand the responses of local flora and fauna to fire.

In this presentation, we will learn from biologist Julianne Bradbury, about her pre- and post-fire research surveying herpetofauna at Pepperwood. Plywood coverboards arranged in grassland and mixed oak-conifer forest habitats adjacent to seasonal ponds were surveyed for two years prior to and two years following the 2017 Tubb’s wildfire event at Pepperwood Preserve in Sonoma County, CA. Join us to learn about Julianne’s findings, and how this research can help better inform land stewardship practices to support a healthy population of reptiles and amphibians living with wildfire.

Julianne completed her Master of Science in July 2021 at the Sonoma State University Department of Biology, where she also completed her bachelor’s degree four years previously. She has served as the Resource Ecologist at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Modini Preserve since May 2017. In partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Parks Service, and Mountains Restoration Trust, she contributed independent research and restoration support to the Cloud Forest Restoration Project on Santa Rosa Island in the summer of 2016. Julianne has been an active research, stewardship, and environmental education volunteer with local conservation organizations, including Pepperwood Preserve and Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, since 2012. Julianne was a key contributor to the creation of the Hatchery Education Program during her four years with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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.

Back To All Events


Register for this event using the secure form below. 

To register, select the applicable level below, either General or Friends of Pepperwood and click +Add. On mobile devices, please scroll all the way to the right to find the +Add button. In the pop up window, enter your information and scroll to the bottom to click “Continue”. Next, on the main form, you may add your additional donation amount in the open field, then click the green “Continue” button to move to the final page for payment. Click the green “Process” button on this final page to complete your transaction. 

For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at or (707) 591-9310 x 124.

Friends of Pepperwood: Enter the code you received as a current Friend of Pepperwood to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your Friends of Pepperwood status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Community Associate, at or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a Friend of Pepperwood today!

Registration for Friends of Pepperwood opens Monday, July 19, 2021. Registration opens for the public on Friday, July 23, 2021.