Monday, October 03, 2011

Jeff presents to OBFS

Last week, we attended the annual meeting of the Organization of Biological Field Stations held in Bodega Bay, CA where our A.R.C. Program received the Human Diversity award.

Here's a video of Jeff's presentation to the attendees on the topic of "Adapting to a Changing Mission". It explains the overarching philosophy of decision-making at Sagehen since our arrival 10 years ago.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"The Leopold Family Legacy at Sagehen Creek Field Station".

Sagehen recently began working with the Aldo Leopold Foundation to promote the Leopold legacy. This week, we are hosting a number of screenings of their new documentary, "Green Fire".

Why? What is the connection between Aldo Leopold and Sagehen Creek Field Station? Why is the Leopold legacy important?

We created this short documentary to explain.

Here's a passionate review of the video from Sagehen alum, Dwayne Spencer:
"This video captures so much of what's influenced my life it almost makes me cry. Aldo Leopold, father of Wildlife Biology and Wisconsin icon (if you have never read Sand County Almanac, rectify that); Starker Leopold, his son, who brought me to Berkeley to study martens at Sagehen Creek, Dale McCollough, who served on my thesis committee.... Nearly all the people in this video are close, personal friends: Roger Harris, Marty Raphael, Dan Airola, Pete Stine, Jeff Brown.... All the places are friends too: the "fish house," the meadows, Sagehen Creek, Independence Lake, Starkers "lean-to"....

You might all not relate, but if you are at all interested in biology, history, or family... this is good. I'm very proud and happy that my sons know most of these people and places too... They've even helped the famous fisheries biologist Peter Moyle with the long-term sampling of Sagehen Creek that is chronicled herein."

Friday, July 01, 2011

Baby squirrels

What's cuter than a pail full of baby squirrels? Nothing I can think of.

Jeremy found a nest in the air filter while servicing the snowcat today. Not too uncommon. But this time, there were four noses looking up at him.

We had to move the little varmints, so I shot this video while we were at it.

We put them in a bucket and the mother moved them to new digs this afternoon when things quieted down.

Thanks to Per Johan and Frank Ritcey for additional wildlife footage.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dual Projections

Environmental artists Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison were commissioned by the Center for Art + Environment, at the Nevada Museum of Art, to create Sierra Nevada: An Adaptation which proposes a series of long-term ecological responses to temperature increases in the Sierra Nevada. This visualization was created in collaboration with the Desert Research Institute (DRI), in Reno, Nevada, to demonstrate possible outcomes of differing forest management strategies - in this case for Independence Lake.

Learn more about the Harrison's potential project at Sagehen, in partnership with the Nevada Art Museum's Center for Art and the Environment, at Sagehen News.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Sagehen ants on National Geographic TV

We provided stock footage of Sagehen's slave-making ants for National Geographic's "When Aliens Attack!".

This segment about official protocol when encountering space aliens reminds me a lot of the brouhaha after the accidental discovery of the California wolverine by Sagehen researchers.

Much like in the program, Sagehen researcher Bill Zielinsky was presented with an official Forest Service plan for the encounter (which he himself had prepared many years before for just this eventuality, never really thinking it would happen, of course).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It's dumping!

After almost 2 months without snow, we finally got hammered with 10.5' in the upper basin.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Last Self-Reproducing Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the Truckee River Basin

The Last Self-Reproducing Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the Truckee River Basin from F. Felix on Vimeo.
August 20, 2009: For Sagehen Speaker Series #27, Gary Scoppetone of the USGS talks about the past, present & future LCT recovery program at Independence Lake.

More information about LCT research and outreach at Sagehen.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Black Bear Research in Sagehen Basin

Black Bear Research in Sagehen Basin from F. Felix on Vimeo.

When we made this, our first Sagehen documentary, free web video was still pretty restricted; you couldn't put up longer content like this, and the quality was bad. Rather than breaking it into short chunks or creating six different, buggy file resolutions and formats for PC and Mac, we decided to distribute this program via download and DVD through Amazon and Createspace.

Now you can watch it on-line for the first time.
June, 2007: CA Dept. of Fish & Game researchers in California's Sagehen Creek Basin struggle to outsmart the black bears, hoping to GPS-collar them for further behavior studies...but the bears have other ideas.

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