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CDFW Conservation Lecture Series

The Conservation Lecture Series is organized by CDFW’s Habitat Conservation Planning Branch. The lecture series is designed to deliver the most current scientific information about species that are of conservation concern.

Below is a list of lectures and speakers for the Conservation Lecture Series. Lectures are open to anyone who is interested in participating. Participants may attend in-person or remotely via webinar. Please be sure to register for each class. Lectures are recorded and posted for those unable to attend the day of the event. Visit the archive page to see recordings of past lectures.

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Upcoming Lectures

The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood - September 14, 1:00-3:00 pm. Presented by Frederica Bowcutt, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

People's radically different perceptions of the tanoak tree (Notholithocarpus densiflorus) have ranged from treasured food plant to cash crop to trash tree. Having studied the patterns of tanoak use and abuse for nearly twenty years, botanist Frederica Bowcutt uncovers a complex history of cultural, sociopolitical, and economic factors affecting the tree's fate and discusses hopeful changes including reintroduction of low-intensity burning to reduce conifer competition for tanoaks, emerging disease resistance in some trees, and new partnerships among tanoak defenders, including botanists, foresters, Native Americans, and plant pathologists

Location: Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium
1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, 95814


CDFW Employee enrollment

For participants outside of CDFW, please Eventbrite - Post-Morgan Fire Plant Diversity & Succession

Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-4875

The Wildlife Society (TWS) Upcoming Events

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  • Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Symposium

    Tuesday May 23, 2017 (Classroom Session 8:00am-5:00pm)

    UC Davis ARC Ballroom – La Rue Rd at Orchard Rd, Davis, CA 

    Weds-Thurs. May 24-25, 2017 (Field Methods Orientation 5:30am-

    6:00am, Optional Field Trip 6:15am-10am)

    Goodyear Slough – Lake Herman Road at Lopez Road, Benicia, CA

    The Classroom session will consist of a full day of oral presentations, followed by an expert panel for Q&A. A poster session will take place during an extended lunch break. An informal social and networking event will take place immediately following the classroom session. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Field Methods Orientation and optional Field Trip are limited enrollment and are nearly full!


    Classroom topics presented by 12+ SMHM researchers and experts will include:

    • Identification, Natural History and Taxonomy

    • Distribution and Habitat

    • Movements and Demography

    • Genetics

    • Survey Protocols

    • Permitting Authority

    • Regional Population Status 

Videos and Past Lectures

TWS Training Certification

Training hours from the Conservation Lecture Series may be used towards The Wildlife Society (TWS) Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program (up to 8 hours)

CDFW Staff Video Credit

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