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CDFW Conservation Lecture Series

The Conservation Lecture Series is organized by CDFW’s Science Institute. The lecture series is designed to deliver the most current scientific information about conservation issues in California.

Below is a list of lectures and speakers for the Conservation Lecture Series. Lectures are open to anyone who is interested in participating. Participants may attend in-person or remotely via webinar. Please be sure to register for each class. Lectures are recorded and posted for those unable to attend the day of the event. Visit the archive page to see recordings of past lectures.

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Upcoming Lectures

A Living Map for a Changing Landscape - fine-scale vegetation and habitat mapping in Sonoma County, CA. - September 25, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Presented by Mark Tukman

A recently completed fine scale vegetation map for Sonoma County showcases many of the most recent advances in landscape and habitat assessment. Based on high-resolution imagery and LiDAR data, mapping methods combined automated image classification, machine learning, traditional photointerpretation, and field work. The project was funded by a consortium led by Sonoma County’s Agriculture and Open Space District, and the Sonoma County Water Agency. The mapping classification was adapted from a classification developed by CDFW VegCAMP and based a field campaign led by CDFW. Trimble eCognition was used to develop a mostly automated lifeform map with broad floristic classes. Lifeform mapping was followed by machine learning, which used field validated stand data and a stack of predictor variables to produce map class predictions (generally at the alliance level) for each map polygon. Map labels were reviewed and edited by photointerpreters and field workers. Accuracy assessment was conducted using a combination of Fish and Wildlife/CNPS rapid assessment plots and accuracy assessment plots. The mapping classification, map specifications, and methods were informed by the needs of the County and the guidance of two advisory committees. The recently completed accuracy assessment supports the validity of the process. The map has a myriad of users, including the conservation community, water managers, planners, and others. The county is now in the process of developing protocols for map updates and map improvements. 

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1700 9th Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95811
Mailing: P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
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    Videos and Past Lectures

  • A Living Map for a Changing Landscape - fine-scale vegetation and habitat mapping in Sonoma County, CA. (Mark Tukman)
  • Areas of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) version 3: A California Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation analysis tool (Melanie Gogol-Prokurat)
  • Recent Advances in Effective Bat Mitigation in California (Dr. Dave Johnston)
  • Foothill Yellow-legged Frog: Genetics, Ecology, and Consumer Resource Interaction (Dr. Sarah Kupferberg and Ryan Peek)
  • White-nose Syndrome Surveillance Workshop (Dr. Anne Ballman)
  • Canary in the Cannabis Field (Dr. Gabriel)
  • The Tanoak Tree (Bowcutt)
  • Morgan Post-Fire Study (Bartosh and Peterson)
  • Monarch Butterfly Conservation (Jepsen and Marcum)
  • Concerns Over Phytophthora Plant Pathogen Introductions (Phytophthoras in Native Habitats Working Group)
  • Predicting Current and Future Distributions of Rare Plants (Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Gogol-Prokurat)
  • Sacramento's Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Problem (Chuck Ingles)
  • Climate Change, Nitrogen Deposition, and the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Dr. Stu Weiss)
  • Development of Multi-Threaded Wetland Channels (Dr. Cluer and Hammack)
  • Process Based Stream Restoration (Dr. Pollock)
  • San Joaquin Kit Fox (Dr. Cypher)
  • Metrics for Quantifying Ecosystem Impacts and Restoration Success (Dr. Rubin)
  • American Badgers (Dr. Jessie Quinn)
  • Design Validation Monitoring Klamath Watershed (D.J. Bandrowski, Aaron Marin, and Rocco Fior)
  • Dogs Moving Conservation Forward (Dr. Deborah (Smith) Woollett and Aimee Hurt)
  • Black Swans, Brown River (Dr. Viers)
  • White-Nose Syndrome in Bats (Wyatt)
  • Invasive Watersnakes (Dr. Todd)
  • Tricolored Blackbird (Dr. Meese)
  • Bighorn Sheep (Dr. Villepique)
  • Vegetation and Flora of a Biodiversity Hotspot (Dr. Ayres)
  • FoothillYellow-legged Frog (Dr. Kupferberg)
  • Spartina and California Clapper Rails (Dr. Strong)
  • Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (Dr. Johnston)
  • California Red-Legged Frog (Alvarez)
  • Salmon in the Yolo Bypass (Jeffres)
  • White Abalone (Dr. Aquilino)
  • Amargosa Vole (Dr. Foley)
  • Desert Tortoise (Jones)
  • Shasta Crayfish (Dr. Ellis)
  • California Tiger Salamander (Dr. Searcy)
  • Alameda Striped Racer (Dr. Swaim)
  • Cactus Wren (Dr. Preston)
  • Sierra Nevada and Sacramento Red Fox (Dr. Sacks)
  • Yellow Starthistle (Dr. DiTomaso)
  • Mountain Yellow-legged Frog (Dr. Vredenburg)
  • California's Endemic Fishes (Dr. Moyle)
  • Northern Spotted Owl (Dr. Diller)
  • Giant Gartersnake (Dr. Halstead)
  • Pacific Fisher (Dr. Gabriel)

  • TWS Training Certification

    Training hours from the Conservation Lecture Series may be used towards The Wildlife Society (TWS) Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program (up to 8 hours)

    CDFW Staff Video Credit

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