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Congratulations Erika Zavaleta and Hal Mooney and 150 contributing authors including CalNat Director Adina Merenlender on the California Book Award for Ecosystems of California -- check out all the resources related to this amazing resource for UC California Naturalists at This adds to the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics it received earlier this year and the Environmental Sciences award from the Association of American Publishers.

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Last week, CalNat attended the Citizen Science Association meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. CalNat Instructor Melissa Eitzel (left, Lindsay Wildlife Experience) and Hilary Holt (middle, Catalina Island Conservancy) attended too! While we co-authored a poster about CalNat with our friends from the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, and AD Sabrina Drill organized a panel about citizen science for biodiversity conservation in LA including her program working with anglers, we were really excited to learn about what others are doing. Some highlights included TheSmartfin program, a board fin that collects data about ocean conditions while you surf; the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, a community effort to collect info about water quality and hazards to drive stream improvements in low income neighborhoods; and Stall Catchers, involving those touched by Alzheimer's to help review an overwhelming number of medical images through a video game.

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Watch the final episode in the University of California Climate Series on Vox. While scientists are a part of the conversation on climate change, they aren't the only voices. Hear from messengers in the fight against climate change including the pope, a Tea Party conservative, and an Oakland-based artist. It highlights the need for a diversity of many voices to deliver messages about climate change and in ways that speak to their communities. You are a messenger too!

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Program Updates

CalNat Celebrates our 100th class! How did we get here and where shall we venture together? Read more in the UC Green Blog.

UC Green Blog: Enjoy Nature but don't love it to death. A peer-reviewed summary of recreation impacts on wildlife by contributing author and CalNat Director Adina Merenlender. 

Hot off the press: “Evaluating environmental education, citizen science, and stewardship through naturalist programs” in the Conservation Biology journal volume 30, issue 6 examines data from California and Virginia naturalist programs to understand participant motivations, barriers, and perspectives as well as the actions they take to advance science, stewardship, and community engagement. 

New California Agriculture article on CalNat Director Adina Merenlender: Building a new mode of extension for biodiversity conservation

Time's Flaming Arrow: Read about journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal's CalNat immersion experience in the HuffPost Green Blog.


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