Discover Nature Webinar – The Forest Beneath our Feet: Exploring the beauty and complexity of California’s grasslands

New Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 

10:00 – 11:30am
ONLINE using Zoom platform
Free, donations welcome
Ages 13 and up (youth under 13 welcome with adult supervision)

Exploring the beauty and complexity of California’s grasslands

From afar, our coastal grasslands appear as vast swaths of green that eventually turn golden brown in summer months. Yet, within the small space of a footprint you can find a wealth of diversity – grasses towering over gorgeous wildflowers, busy pollinators, snakes hiding in rodent burrows, and fungi recycling nutrients. Meanwhile, just a few steps away, you can find a completely different suite of species of various types and textures.

We invite you to join Pepperwood’s Preserve Ecologist, Michelle Halbur, who will introduce you to a world often overlooked, but integral to our well being. We will explore the history, beauty, and mysteries of this dynamic and complex ecosystem. 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. Come away with a deepened appreciation for the tiny forest beneath our feet.

Michelle has an M.S. from Purdue University and oversees Pepperwood’s Community Science and Visiting Scholars programming as well as managing a multitude of on-site research projects including long-term grassland and forest monitoring, plant phenology, breeding bird surveys, the Stephen J. Barnhart Herbarium, and more. Michelle also helps to translate Pepperwood’s science for a variety of audiences, including students, interns, and the public.

This lecture will consist of a live multimedia presentation followed by 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.

We are offering this event free of charge, but graciously accept donations which support our continued ability to offer our education programs to the community. Thank you!

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