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 December 2020 Newsletter: Reflections on a Challenging Year We've been deeply gratified, heartened, and encouraged by the response from our community of naturalists, our partner organizations and our CalNat team. It is worth taking a few moments to reflect on this last trip around the sun.

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 Recordings: CONES: California Online Naturalist Event Series. Enjoy our latest CONES presentation Smokey the Beaver: Can Beavers Prevent Wildfires? with Dr. Emily Fairfax. In addition to learning about beavers and Dr. Fairfax's research, you can practice finding signs of beaver both in the field and in satellite images.

Blog: 2020 Service Pin Update. For many, staying home this year took its toll on volunteer hours. California Naturalists & Climate Stewards that log 15 hours from Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020 qualify for the 2020 service pin. Deadline to log hours in the VMS is Feb. 17, 2021.

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Course Update: Climate Change and UC Climate Stewards. There is power within all of us to tackle some of the immediate effects of climate change. The UC Climate Stewards (UCCS) course is a new certification course offered through the UC California Naturalist program. UCCS prepares individuals to communicate and engage in local solutions to advance community and ecosystem resilience. Read our new FAQ, about our recent instructor training launch and the significance of our new course emblem.

Resources: Online Nature Education In response to recent "shelter in place" orders and an increasing demand for online and hybrid delivery courses in general, we curated a list of our favorite online resources for quality California-focused natural history education

Meet the Naturalists: Check Out Our New California Naturalist Story Map. In pictures and words, we seek to share the inspiring stories of California Naturalists from around the state.


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Community: Share Your California Naturalist Story! We all came to be a California Naturalist through different avenues and motivations. We all have different life experience, perspective, and talents we bring to the Californian Naturalist community. And yet we all have a keen interest in nature in common. We want to share your unique story.

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