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CDFW Conservation Lecture Series

The Conservation Lecture Series is organized by CDFW’s Science Institute. The lecture series is designed to deliver the most current scientific information about conservation issues in California.

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

CDFW Monitoring of the Salton Sea
June 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Presented by Nasseer Idrisi, PhD

California Department of Fish and Wildlife monitoring of the Salton Sea has revealed concurrent declines in the tilapia population in the Sea and piscivorous birds that feed on the tilapia. Other fish surviving in the Salton Sea include desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius) and sailfin molly (Poecilia latipinna). The piscivorous birds that use the Salton Sea as feeding grounds and are impacted by the decline in the fish population include American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis), and double crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auratus).

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Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
1700 9th Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95811
Mailing: P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
(916) 653-4875

The Wildlife Society (TWS) Upcoming Events

    Videos and Past Lectures

  • New Zealand's Biodiversity Crisis: The Role of Behavioral Science to Stop the Decline (Dr. Edy MacDonald)
  • Statewide research informs regional conservation priorities for mountain lions in California (Dr. Justin Dellinger)
  • Conserving California’s Bats Through Environmental Review and Permitting (Greg Tatarian)
  • A Living Map for a Changing Landscape - fine-scale vegetation and habitat mapping in Sonoma County, CA. (Mark Tukman)
  • Areas of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) version 3: A California Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation analysis tool (Melanie Gogol-Prokurat)
  • Recent Advances in Effective Bat Mitigation in California (Dr. Dave Johnston)
  • Foothill Yellow-legged Frog: Genetics, Ecology, and Consumer Resource Interaction (Dr. Sarah Kupferberg and Ryan Peek)
  • White-nose Syndrome Surveillance Workshop (Dr. Anne Ballman)
  • Canary in the Cannabis Field (Dr. Gabriel)
  • The Tanoak Tree (Bowcutt)
  • Morgan Post-Fire Study (Bartosh and Peterson)
  • Monarch Butterfly Conservation (Jepsen and Marcum)
  • Concerns Over Phytophthora Plant Pathogen Introductions (Phytophthoras in Native Habitats Working Group)
  • Predicting Current and Future Distributions of Rare Plants (Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Gogol-Prokurat)
  • Sacramento's Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Problem (Chuck Ingles)
  • Climate Change, Nitrogen Deposition, and the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Dr. Stu Weiss)
  • Development of Multi-Threaded Wetland Channels (Dr. Cluer and Hammack)
  • Process Based Stream Restoration (Dr. Pollock)
  • San Joaquin Kit Fox (Dr. Cypher)
  • Metrics for Quantifying Ecosystem Impacts and Restoration Success (Dr. Rubin)
  • American Badgers (Dr. Jessie Quinn)
  • Design Validation Monitoring Klamath Watershed (D.J. Bandrowski, Aaron Marin, and Rocco Fior)
  • Dogs Moving Conservation Forward (Dr. Deborah (Smith) Woollett and Aimee Hurt)
  • Black Swans, Brown River (Dr. Viers)
  • White-Nose Syndrome in Bats (Wyatt)
  • Invasive Watersnakes (Dr. Todd)
  • Tricolored Blackbird (Dr. Meese)
  • Bighorn Sheep (Dr. Villepique)
  • Vegetation and Flora of a Biodiversity Hotspot (Dr. Ayres)
  • FoothillYellow-legged Frog (Dr. Kupferberg)
  • Spartina and California Clapper Rails (Dr. Strong)
  • Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (Dr. Johnston)
  • California Red-Legged Frog (Alvarez)
  • Salmon in the Yolo Bypass (Jeffres)
  • White Abalone (Dr. Aquilino)
  • Amargosa Vole (Dr. Foley)
  • Desert Tortoise (Jones)
  • Shasta Crayfish (Dr. Ellis)
  • California Tiger Salamander (Dr. Searcy)
  • Alameda Striped Racer (Dr. Swaim)
  • Cactus Wren (Dr. Preston)
  • Sierra Nevada and Sacramento Red Fox (Dr. Sacks)
  • Yellow Starthistle (Dr. DiTomaso)
  • Mountain Yellow-legged Frog (Dr. Vredenburg)
  • California's Endemic Fishes (Dr. Moyle)
  • Northern Spotted Owl (Dr. Diller)
  • Giant Gartersnake (Dr. Halstead)
  • Pacific Fisher (Dr. Gabriel)

  • 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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