News and Dates for Friends of Sedgwick Reserve                                             No. 1            April, 2013
For Your Calendar

Friday 4/12  9am 
Walking Ecology Lecture
Influence of Oak Trees

Sat 4/20 Earth Day
8am- Al's Pals Coffee
9am-11am Hikes for all ages and interests

Friday 5/10 9am
Walking Ecology Lecture

Species Invasion

Saturday 5/11 8:30am
Public Hikes

Friday 6/7 9am
Walking Ecology Lecture

Oaks of Sedgwick

Friday 6/21 9am
Walking Ecology Lecture
Rattlesnake Biology
Friday 7/12 5pm 
BBQ & Barn Dance

There is no charge for Sedgwick events
reservations are recommended for hikes and the Barn Dance as space is limited.  
So far in 2013...

145 researchers have spent 722 days working on 22 scientific investigations

The outreach program held 13 public events

50 college students and 44 grade school students visited on class field trips

36 docents & volunteers contributed 773 days of service
Have you heard?

Eastern Santa Ynez Valley is drier than average this season  with less than 3.5" of rain falling in 2013

Check out current Sedgwick weather on our website
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Sedgwick Happenings
and upcoming events.....

Join us for our next lecture in the
Walking Ecology
Lecture series

The influence
of oak trees on California grasslands
by UCSB PhD candidate Karen Stahlheber

Friday April 12th at 9-11am
Oaks are classic savanna trees in California grasslands but soils beneath them contain nutrients that make them different from their open grassland counterparts. Come learn what this means to oaks, grasslands, and residents of oak woodlands.   

Following the lecture Karen will lead a short walk to her research plots in the Figueroa Drainage to discuss more about this and other research projects taking place on the reserve. 
Here piggie piggie! Look whose been showing up in Sedgwick Trail Cameras!   
The wild pig, an introduced species, is the most prolific large wild mammal in North America. Given adequate nutrition, a wild pig population can double in just 4 months. Wild pigs can begin to breed before 6 months of age, if they have a high-quality diet. Sows can produce 2 litters per year and young may be born at any time of the year. Wild boar usually have litter sizes of 4 to 5 but may have as many as 13. They are considered a pest species in California and are hunted by ranchers and land owners due to the destruction they cause to oak woodlands while searching for food. 



What better place to observe Earth Day than the beautiful Sedgwick Reserve?  


We will be commemorating Earth Day with a series of family and adult hikes, field station tours, the showing of wild animal pictures taken at Sedgwick, and the availability of the oak grove picnic area for your enjoyment.  


Two set of hikes will be offered each hour at 9, 10, and 11am. The 9 am hikes will include a strenuous adult hike for those who want that kind of hike, as well as a short, kid- friendly family walk. The 10 and 11 am hikes will include both the short kid-friendly family walk as well as a moderately strenuous adult hike. All hikes and walks will be led by trained Sedgwick docents who will provide interpretation of the natural history at the Reserve and highlights of the Earth Day scenery at Sedgwick.


After the hikes, pictures of the wild animals at Sedgwick (bears, mountain lions, deer, and others) will be shown in the new Tipton Meeting Room with narration by Kate McCurdy, director of the Reserve.  


The picnic area will be available for those who would like to bring their own lunches and enjoy mid-day in the shade of the majestic valley oaks at the Field Station. A barbecue pit will be fired up and waiting for use by anyone inclined to use it. Bird watching at the pond, a friendly horse and two mischievous burros and a bocce ball court will also be available for your Earth Day enjoyment.


Sedgwick operates on a limited budget from UCSB, so a donation of $10 per person or $15 per family is suggested for the event.


Reservations are required and can be made on the web at http://sedgwick.nrs.ucsb.edu/. Sedgwick will confirm your reservation and provide you further information about the day. For hikers, be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to your choice of hike. Reservations will be limited to 100 celebrants. In case of doubtful weather, an advisory message will be on the phone on Earth Day morning.
  sedgwick@lifesci.ucsb.edu | http://sedgwick.nrs.ucsb.edu/
3566 Brinkerhoff Road
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 686-1941

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