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News and Dates for Friends of Sedgwick Reserve                                             No. 2                                                                                                        May, 2013
For Your Calendar

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.  
by the numbers

In 2013
215 researchers have spent 987 days working on 39 scientific investigations

The outreach program held 13 public events

72 college students and 117 grade school students spent 416 days learning at the reserve

38 docents & volunteers contributed 973 days of service
Have you heard?

Fire Season was announced early in Santa Barbara county this season,  as we are well below the normal annual rainfall of 21.86" in Santa Ynez

Fire safety measures are now in effect at the reserve, which include limited driving access on the reserve and parking only on bare or mowed ground. 

Check out current Sedgwick weather on our website
Contact Us



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

California Grassland Invasions
by UCSB PhD candidate Nicole Molinari

Friday May 10th 9-11am


California native grasslands are largely gone, having been replaced by grasses introduced from Europe. In this lecture Nicole discuss the process and impact of invasion with particular attention to non-native species in California and on Sedgwick Reserve.

Following the lecture Nicole will lead a short walk to highlight a few exotics from Sedgwick and talk about her work on Ripgut Brome 
Come stretch your legs on what might be
the last hike of the season

Saturday May 11th 8:30 am - 1pm 


Three hikes will be lead by docent trail guides:  

an easy 1.5 mile tour around the field station

1-2 moderate hikes depending on how many sign up

and a strenuous hike to the top of the reserve (and hopefully, back!)  


Reservations are recommended and can be made on the web at or by calling (805) 686-1941 x3.

Please arrive by 8:30 to register.
Bring your lunch and stay afterwards to
enjoy the shade of the oaks

A suggested donation of $10 per person or $15 per family is appreciated but not required.
We have raised 75% of the funds needed to install an incredible audio-visual system in Clarke Hall of the
Tipton Meeting House.

to our generous donors who have made this possible. We are still $8,000 short so if YOU would like to part of making this valuable enhancement possible, please email Gay Larsen so we can get the system installed this summer!
Hardly bare! Look who's been showing up in Sedgwick's trail cameras!    black bear
A number of American black bears (only one of which was black in color) spent the autumn months of 2012 in oak woodlands of Sedgwick gorging on a bumper crop of acorns. Acorns are an important food for many species of birds and animals. Deer and bear posses enzymes in their saliva that enable them to digest acorns, which contain such a high tannic acid content they are considered poisonous to many species (including humans). Rich in carbohydrates and calories, acorns enable black bears to gain 3-5 pounds of body weight a day. They clearly did at Sedgwick last fall! See more bear activity from the Great Bear Year of 2012 photo documented on our website.  
New Research
In April, the UCSB lab of postdoctoral researcher Heather Schneider and Dr. Susan Mazer added Sedgwick as a site to include in their National Science Foundation funded "Project Baseline". The project is a nationwide initiative to collect, preserve and archive seeds for future studies of evolutionary responses to human-caused and natural changes in the environment that will occur over the coming decades.

With the valuable assistance of Sedgwick docents and volunteers, th
e three-year project will entail surveying multiple sites at Sedgwick and collecting seeds from a variety of species that will be stored at the USDA National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Colorado. |
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Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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