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Happy Friday, Naturalists! Enjoy this gallery of 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists!

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Each year bird lovers visit Morro Bay to see, photograph, and learn about birds at the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival. In 2018, the festival will run from Friday, Jan. 12 - Monday, Jan. 15. Located on the Pacific Flyway, over 200 species are usually sighted during the weekend. Festival organizers are once again looking for volunteers. As a volunteer, you may attend any open festival event with the registration fee being waived if you volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours. See more on this opportunity at To learn more about the festival in general, visit Popular events fill fast.

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Good news for California ecosystems: “We are seeing a substantial decline in plastic grocery bags litter on beaches, rivers and parkways,” says John Laird, California’s Secretary for Natural Resources, of the preliminary results from 2017 Coastal Cleanup Day.

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Program Updates

Have you been working to address the threat of climate change? Tell us your story! UC California Naturalist is working with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to help populate the new Climate Adaptation Clearinghouse by capturing authentic experiences of all Californians as they deal with a changing climate. Please share your story by December 8.  View full details here.

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Check out our new Partner Story Map: find a class or an organization near you! 

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. 

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


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