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News and Dates for Friends of Sedgwick Reserve                                             No. 3                                                                                                        July, 2013
Friday 7/12 5pm   
BBQ & Barn Dance 
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rsvp by July 5th
2nd Saturday Hikes
Ecology Lecture Series
will resume in
November 2013.

Whether you are interested in becoming a docent or just want to know more about local ecology, history, flora and fauna, we hope you join us in the classroom or on the trail in a few short months!!

There is no charge for Sedgwick events  
reservations are recommended for hikes and the Barn Dance as space is limited.
by the numbers

In FY 2013
    (July 1 2012 to     June 30 2013)
231 researchers spent 3020 days working on 46 scientific investigations

The outreach program held 21 public events: 10 public hikes, 6 private party hikes, 10 Walking Ecology lectures, and an Earth Day Celebration.


177 college students and 381 grade school students spent 770 days learning at the reserve

45 docents & volunteers contributed 1215 days of service
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Upcoming Events
4th Annual Sedgwick
Barn Dance
Friday, July 12th

barn dancing

 5:00 PM - Food & Drink* 

6:30 PM - Square Dancing at the Barn

(till sundown)


This is a family friendly free event, open to Sedgwick Friends & Neighbors (and their friends and neighbors!). Put on your boots, grab a friend and come on out!


Space is Limited. PLEASE RSVP BY JULY 5

*For those who are able, we ask that you contribute $10 per person or $20 per family to offset the cost of Country Meat Market catering, beer & lemonade refreshments and cookies for dessert.   

Two of Sedgwick's UCSB researchers, Josh Schimel and Carla D'Antonio, were named "Fellows" this spring by the Ecological Society of America.

Fellows are members of the Ecological Society of America who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields including, but not restricted to those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations and the broader society. Fellows are elected for life.

Congratulations Josh and Carla!
Hey mama, what a cougar! Look who's been showing up in Sedgwick's trail cameras!    lions

Female cougars begin leading their kittens to kills as early as 7 to 8 weeks. The mother also carries meat to her young from kills until weaning age (2 to 3 months), at which point the cubs weigh in at between 7 and 9 pounds.  As the kittens grow older, the mother will leave them at kills, frequently for days at a time, while she goes in search of the next prey. As the kittens grow and become stronger, the mother will range farther in search of prey.

As an adult cougar's tawny coat provides camouflage while stalking prey, a kitten's spots provide camouflage from predators. Kittens begin to lose these spots at 12 to 14 weeks, they fade rapidly but are still obvious at 8 months, less so at one year. By 15 months the markings are visible only on the hindquarters and only under certain light conditions.

From Cougar: the American Lion by Kevin Hansen 1992
New Research
  Andy McDonald
Beginning in January 2013, UCSB Graduate Student Andy McDonald launched a multi-year study Lyme disease risk and the ecology of tick-borne disease in southern California. You may have seen Andy dragging his signature white flag in one of 10 50X50 m plots, where he samples the tick communities weekly. With this collected data, Andy will construct a time series of tick abundance and density for the reserve and collected ticks will be analyzed for infection with the Lyme bacteria as well as other tick-borne pathogens. Andy has also collected tissue samples from small mammals trapped at Sedgwick to analyze for infection and begin to characterize the host communities.


Andy has promised to present his preliminary findings during the 2013-14 Walking Ecology Lecture Series, giving us all a chance to learn about Sedgwick's scariest predator, the tiny deer tick (Ixodes pacificus). |
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