San Joaquin Valley Chapter: Conferences

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2017 Natural Communities Conference

The 2017 Natural Communities Conference was a big success! We heard 21 talks from 18 excellent speakers covering a variety of plant and animal taxa and topics ranging from status updates, rangeland management, climate change, and techniques in restoration and mitigation.  Through generous donations made by conference attendees the silent auction was also very successful, raising over $1600!  Those funds will be donated to the California Living Museum (CALM) to aid their efforts treating San Joaquin kit foxes affected by sarcoptic mange.  Attendees also donated a full car’s worth of blankets and towels, which will also be donated to CALM.  A big thank you for all who participated in this year’s event and for your generosity! Photos are available here.

The following day, the Chapter hosted a botany tour of the Carrizo Plain, guided by expert botanists Ellen Cypher and Chris Winchell.  Ellen and Chris taught participants about species ecology and defining morphological characteristics. The valley was alive with color and numerous rare and special-status plant species were blooming including San Joaquin woollythreads (Monolopia congdonii), California jewelflower (Caulanthus californicus), pale-yellow layia (Layia heterotricha), and many more. Photos are available here.

2017 Program and Abstracts

Past Conferences

Natural Communities Conference: 17 March 2016

The conference abstracts can be downloaded here.

Natural Communities Conference: 26 March 2015

The Natural Communities Conference was a major success!  The conference abstracts can be downloaded here.