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    • January 7, 2020

    A special opportunity for our subscribers in the San Diego area: we are taking our CNDDB/BIOS training on the road and will be in San Diego on January 21st and 23rd. There are only a few spots available. Please contact Annie Chang if you are interested or have any questions.

    If you are interested in taking the training course at a different time, we offer classes in Sacramento every other month. Please see our training website for more details about what the class covers, cost, and where it is located.

    Categories: Education and Awareness
    • December 16, 2019

    Photo of saguaro in the desert by Duncan S. Bell
    ©2011 Duncan S. Bell

    The saguaro (pronounced sah-wah-roh) cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) can grow to over 45 feet in height and is the largest cactus in the United States. It can survive for over 150 years but grows very slowly and generally does not start reproducing until about 35 years of age. The saguaro cactus only occurs in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert and is a critical component of the desert ecosystem providing homes and food for a variety of wildlife.

    The saguaro cactus is an iconic component of the landscape in Arizona and northern Mexico with an entire National Park dedicated to preserving and celebrating these cacti (Saguaro National Park in Arizona). In addition to Arizona and Mexico, a few isolated populations of this species occur in the far southeastern corner of California along the Arizona/California border. This means that California can claim the saguaro cactus as part of our diverse native flora!

    The saguaro cactus is an excellent example of a plant that is rare within California but more common outside the state (California Rare Plant Rank/CRPR 2B). As such, this species is tracked by the CNDDB with only about 30 occurrences known in California. By tracking species that are rare in California but more common outside the state, we are helping to conserve the entire geographic range of widespread species and protecting evolutionary processes and the genetic diversity of these species.

    If you happen to come across a saguaro cactus in California, please submit your observation to the CNDDB using our Online Field Survey Form.

    Categories: Education and Awareness, Taxon of the week
    • December 5, 2019

    Photos of presenters Kim Tenggardjaja, Melanie Gogol-Prokurat, and Martha Volkoff

    Launched in 2018, the California Biodiversity Initiative is a statewide effort to secure the future of California’s biodiversity. Such a large undertaking entails improving our understanding of California’s biodiversity, protecting and recovering California’s native species and ecosystems, and engaging participation by many partners. This talk will provide an overview of the California Biodiversity Initiative and the history of its development and will share initial efforts to implement the Initiative that are underway at California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    Kim Tenggardjaja joined CDFW in April 2019 as the Biodiversity Coordinator in the Science Institute and also serves as the lead coordinating staff for the California Landscape Conservation Partnership. Before this, she worked at the State Water Resources Control Board for several years, primarily focusing on seawater desalination and once-through cooling power plants. Kim has a PhD and MA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UC Santa Cruz, where her dissertation research focused on marine biodiversity in the Hawaiian Islands.

    Melanie Gogol-Prokurat is a Spatial Ecologist in the Biogeographic Data Branch, where she develops and analyzes landscape-level datasets to support decision-making in conservation planning. Melanie began her career with the Department in 2000, and has been with the Conservation Analysis Unit since 2009. She received her PhD in Conservation Ecology at UC Davis.

    Martha Volkoff, Environmental Program Manager for the Habitat Conservation Planning Branch’s Invasive Species Program, has worked for the Department for 20 years, the past 11 of those in the Invasive Species Program. A native to the Sacramento area, Martha earned her BS and MS in Biology, with a Concentration in Conservation, from CSU Sacramento.

    Date: Monday, December 9th Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Location: 1416 9th Street, Room 1131, Sacramento (and via Skype)
    Register to view online or in-person
    Questions? Contact: Whitney Albright

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    Categories: Education and Awareness