Upcoming Events and Classes
The impact of climate change on California's rangelands is predicted to be dramatic, wide-spread, and disruptive for farmers, ranchers, and landowners alike. Join our county Livestock and Range advisor, Matthew Shapero, for a thoguhtful look at the likely impacts on rainfall, forage, and more.
Past Events at the Reserve
Vector-borne disease in a changing world: Identifying ecological levers for health
with UCSB's Andy MacDonald
Presented by the Walking Ecology Lecture Series at Sedgwick Reserve
Join Andy MacDonald, a disease ecologist at UCSB, for an exciting deep-dive into the world of one of our most prolific local disease vectors and the focus of his research: ticks. Andy is a professor and researcher at UCSB's Earth Research Institute and Bren School of Environmental Science and Management whose reseach focuses on the incidence of tick-born disease in California. As humans have expanded their footprint in the wildland-urban interface, the incidence of tick-borne disease has risen dramatically--even in places like California that have typically had much lower rates of infection than, for example, the notoriously Lyme-filled Northeast. Andy's research explores what ecological "levers" we can pull to alter the prevalence of such disease and integrates cutting-edge knowledge about climate change, community health, and entomology. He's done extensive tick sampling at Sedgwick as part of this research and is deeply knowledgeable about the Santa Ynez Valley's tick-borne disease incidence. Spring is upon us and the ticks are hungry--there's no better time than now to learn from one of Sedgwick's tick experts!
This lecture is part of our popular Walking Ecology Lecture Series, which brings some of Sedgwick's most active and energized researchers to Tipton Meeting House to share their work with the public and take curious citizen scientists out into the field. Andy will lead an hour-long presentation followed by an hour-long excursion onto the Reserve to see his science in action.
Check out Andy's website for more info on his research!
12:30-1: Arrival and check-in (see below for more information)
1-2: Lecture in Sedgwick's Tipton Meeting House
2-3: Field excursion to see science in action with Andy
Pre-registration is required for this event, and attendance is capped at 75 persons.
Register here to reserve your seat!
- Check in begins at 12:30pm on the steps of the Tipton Meeting House unless noted otherwise.
- We will spend an hour indoors for Andy's lecture
- You will be asked to sign a University of California Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement;
- A suggested donation of $20.00 per person in support of the public education program is greatly appreciated (6% gift processing fee assessed per UC policy). Your donation can be made online here or on day of the class via cash or a check made out to UC REGENTS.
- Sturdy walking or hiking shoes are recommended. Tennis shoes are permitted, sandals are not.
- Long pants and long sleeves are recommended (we do have ticks!)
- Wear a hat & apply sunscreen
- Bring a reusable water to fill up before our field excursion and a trail snack
- Hikes will not take place in or following periods of rain. You will receive a cancellation notice no more than 24hr in advance if we will need to cancel due to forecasted inclement weather.
- Please leave your dog at home. They are not allowed on the trails and the parking area is not shaded.
Pre-registration for our guided, interpretive hikes at the 6,000 acre Sedgwick Reserve is required.
We are thrilled to announce another of our popular public hiking days! Our learned docent guides will lead multiple levels of hikes to accommodate a diversity of abilities while offering insights into the unique geologic history, flora, and fauna of our spectacular Reserve. The Saturday, January 12th public hike day begins at 9am; hikes last two to three hours. In addition to the hikes, there will be an opportunity to see the newly-renovated century-old historic Sedgwick barn, our pond (home to numerous rare and special-status species, including the Western pond turtle and the tricolored blackbird), and the Tipton Meeting House. Hikers who will not attend the Walking Ecology lecture are welcome to bring a lunch and enjoy it in the shade of beautiful valley oaks at our Field Station picnic area.
Hikes are by-donation; suggested donation is $20/person ($10 for students). Your support allows us to continue this offering!
In the event of rain hikes will be cancelled and registrants will be notified via email 24 hours in advance.
Check-in opens at 8:30am and hikes will depart promptly at 9am.
Three levels of intensity are offered for the March hike day:
Easy Hike: Mesa Trail. Approximately 1.5 hours and 1 mile with 400 feet of elevational gain. An easy stroll along the Mesa with a good share of interpretation and vistas. Includes a long stair climb and a short down hill stretch, about two hours total. An optional tour of the restored Ranch House and the hundred year old barn, home of our Sedgwick Barn Owl. Appropriate for children and seniors. Bring water and snacks. The easy hike is limited to the first 25 people who sign up. Register here!
Moderate Hike: Blue Schist Trail. Approximately 2.35 miles with 630 feet of elevational gain. A moderately strenuous hike with two long grades to climb. Moderate amount of interpretation by docents, beautiful vistas, wildflowers in season, the results of a dormant earthquake uplift to see, and interesting rock formations. Almost three hours. Our most popular hike. Bring water and snacks. The moderate hike is limited to the first 25 people who sign up. Register here!
Strenuous Hike: Northeast Loop. Approximately 5 miles with 1460 feet elevation change. An aerobic workout at the northern end of the Reserve. Hills to climb and wonderful vistas and wildflowers in season. Not much interpretation by docents and almost four hours long. Bring water and snacks. The moderate hike is limited to the first 25 people who sign up. Register here!
The Santa Ynez Valley Natural History society in partnership with the Sedgwick Reserve is pleased to host a lecture and book signing by Lyanda Lynne Haupt who will present her latest book, Mozart’s Starling at Sedgwick Reserves Tipton House on Saturday, February 23, 2018. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m., 3566 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez. Mozart’s Starling is the story of the composer and his pet bird that led Lyanda into the workings of the symphony, the opera, ornithological labs, the depths of music theory, the field of linguistics, and the nature of creative inspiration, and to the crazy experience of raising a starling in her own home. The book explores the spirit of the natural world and our wild animal companions. Robert Michael Pyle, author of Through a Green Lens and Mariposa Road, writes,
"A brave thing it is to write a love-song to starlings, in a conservation culture inclined not only to struggle with exotic species, but to demonize them. But Lyanda Haupt has done just that--not as apologist for wildlings in North America, but as celebrant of an utterly extraordinary, beautiful, and deeply engaging animal in and of itself. In prose as lovely as birdsong and as clear and sharp as the cool air itself, she has given starlings--hers, Mozart's, the whole species--the kind of loving and rigorous Life that every kind of creature deserves but very few get. I thought of Gerald Durrell, Konrad Lorenz, and Jane Goodall, none of whom I loved reading more. The story of Carmen, Star, and their humans is as riveting as a good novel, and I learned as much about Mozart as about birdsong and birdbrains. I enjoyed Mozart's Starling immensely, and I challenge anyone to read it and still treat starlings inhumanely. Lucky is the bird that finds its Papagena.”
Lyanda Lynne Haupt is an award-winning author, naturalist, ecophilosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. She holds a master’s degree in environmental ethics and philosophy. Her newest book is Mozart’s Starling (Little, Brown, April, 2017). Lyanda’s other books include: The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild; Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness; Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks; and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds. Many of these books will be available for sale, in addition to Mozart’s Starling.
Lyanda has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and been a seabird researcher for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Orion, Discover, Utne, LA Times, Image, Huffington Post, Wild Earth, and Conservation Biology Journal. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter, a mixed backyard chicken flock, and Carmen the starling, featured in her newest book.
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