Where have all the Monarch Butterflies gone?
Kimberley Young, June 5th, 2021:
On Saturday, June 5 th at 4 pm, the Friends of San Pedro Valley Park welcomed Kim Young, a Xerces Society Ambassador who discussed the Western Monarch butterflies, their migratory route and breeding habits. She discussed the severe decline in butterfly populations that has occurred in the last two decades and the various causes that have contributed to the collapse of the once large and healthy populations that were visible in their over-wintering clusters in forested groves in California.
The Return of the Wolf
Amaroq Weiss, April 17th, 2021:
On April 17 th at 4 pm, the Friends of San Pedro Valley Park welcome Senior West Coast Wolf Advocate Amaroq Weiss from the Center of Biological Diversity as she relates the current situation with wolves in California and the West Coast. With California as the latest frontier for wolf reestablishment, Weiss will discuss these remarkable animals and the politics, laws, social issues and science of wolf protection and recovery, and how you can get involved. Join us for a fascinating lecture.
The Botany of Spring
Dr. Nathalie Nagalingum, February 27th, 2021:
Spring is the time to look at and enjoy flowers. Dr. Nagalingum from the California Academy of Sciences takes a closer look at flowers. Different pollinators benefit from variations in flower parts and we’ll discover how and why. We will even discover how flowers in the Victorian age were used in the language of sending discrete messages in the eternal quest for love. Join us for this most illuminating program on form and structure of flowers.
The beauty and complexity of evolution: A focus on Arctostaphylos and its relatives
Dr. Tom Parker, January 23rd, 2021: 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.
Habitat, Ecology, and Life Cycles of Fungi: “What is a Mushroom, Anyway?”
J.R. Blair, December 12th, 2020 – 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.
Deep Forest Owls of the Pacific Northwest: A conservation dilemma
Dr. John Dumbacher, November 14th, 2020 – In this talk, Dr. John Dumbacher discusses the natural history and conservation concerns for Spotted Owls and Barred Owls, and research and potential actions that are being considered by different management agencies.
Solving the Coral Reef Crisis
Dr. Luiz Rocha, September 12th, 2020 – It’s no secret that corals and the ecosystems they build are declining worldwide. These beautiful and highly diverse habitats exist in a delicate balance between thousands of species, from tiny algae to giant fishes. Lose one link in the chain and you can throw the entire system out of balance. And this is what is happening today, as many human activities are negatively affecting coral reefs more than ever before. But is there hope for reefs? Dr. Luiz Rocha thinks so, and he explained why in this talk that took attendees on a tour of the most spectacular reefs in the world, shallow and deep.
Living With Mountain Lions
Zara McDonald, August 15th, 2020 – a 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.
Dr. Tiffany Yap, June 27th, 2020 – a lecture on the importance of wildlife corridors and habitat connectivity for native animals.