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January 2021

The beauty and complexity of evolution: A focus on Arctostaphylos and its relatives

Saturday, January 23 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom

January’s program brings the eminent Dr. Tom Parker to begin our 2021 life sciences series to discuss manzanitas and their relatives with an emphasis on evolution. The talk involves several quite different processes such as fire, drought, animals, and hybridization, among others. According to Dr. Parker, differences among species have a great deal to do with the climates they live in, how they respond to fire, and their interactions with animals and not with the shape or color of the flowers.

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December 2020

Habitat, Ecology, and Life Cycles of Fungi: “What is a Mushroom, Anyway?” – Zoom Webinar Presentation

December 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom

December’s program is for all those folks interested in fungi and mushrooms. These fruiting bodies pop up out of the ground during the fall and winter, and J.R. Blair from San Francisco State University will help us better understand what they are and what they do. Do not miss this fascinating and informative program.

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November 2020

Deep Forest Owls of the Pacific Northwest: A conservation dilemma – Zoom Webinar Presentation

November 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom

In this talk, Dr. John Dumbacher will discuss the natural history and conservation concerns for Spotted Owls and Barred Owls , and discuss research and potential actions that are being considered by different management agencies.

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October 2020

Corky Quirk and Her Live Bats – Zoom Webinar Presentation

October 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom

Mary Jean “Corky” Quirk is a favorite presenter at the Friends of San Pedro Valley Park lecture series with both children and adults. Yearly she gives us a talk and this time around, due to the pandemic, she will be coming to us live from Yolo County. Don’t miss this remarkable presentation which will give you a chance to see these cute little bats up close and to learn all about them. A program not to be missed!

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September 2020

Solving the Coral Reef Crisis– Zoom Webinar Presentation

September 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom

Healthy coral reefs are a beautiful sight to behold and we shall have the opportunity to view some wonderful undersea photographs taken by Dr. Luiz Rocha. Regretfully the wonderfully productive ecosystems coral reefs create are under attack, being severely damaged, and declining. Join us for an illuminating talk on the reefs with a world renowned scientist and an elite deep water scuba diver.

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August 2020

Living with Mountain Lions – Zoom Webinar Presentation

August 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom

Biologist and entrepreneur, Zara McDonald heads Felidae and The Bay Area Puma Project research programs. She will talk about mountain lions in the Bay Area, their biology and the recent changes our study has uncovered about these shy and elusive animals living at the urban edge.

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June 2020

Wildlife Corridors — Zoom Webinar Presentation

June 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom

Join us for Dr. Tiffany Yap’s lecture on the importance of wildlife corridors and habitat connectivity for native animals.

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Peninsula Watershed – Zoom Webinar Presentation

June 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom

Join us for Dr. Ellen Natesan’s lecture on our water supply system, the natural resources found in the Peninsula Watershed, and how global warming is affecting this very important system.

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February 2020

Creepy Critters for Kids Returns…

February 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
San Pedro Valley Park Visitor’s Center,
600 Oddstad Blvd
Pacifica, 94044 United States
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Thanks to the S.M. Co. Parks Foundation, we were able to secure this great Wildmind program on large reptiles: The Mojave tortoise, an awesome monitor lizard, a not-tiny alligator, a boa constrictor, and a bonus tarantula.

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Morgan Stickrod: Farallone Ecosystems

February 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
San Pedro Valley Park Visitor’s Center,
600 Oddstad Blvd
Pacifica, 94044 United States
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Join us at 3pm on Saturday, February 15, for Morgan Stickrod’s program on the ecosystems of these craggy islands. In his own words: “A mere 30 miles offshore from the bustling metropolis of San Francisco, the Farallon Islands can seem more wild and remote than some of North America’s most geographically isolated wilderness areas.

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