2019 Small Research Grant Opportunities
Deadline: May 6, 2019
Each year, nearly 150 independent research projects are conducted within the boundaries of Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Tomales Bay. While these areas provide a natural laboratory for ecological and other scientific research, many of these projects provide key information for the conservation and informed management of natural resources. To encourage partnerships with the research community and to support National Park Service (NPS) and partner information needs, we are pleased to offer three grant competitions this year: the Neubacher Fund for Marine Science at Point Reyes, the Golden Gate Science Into Action Fund at Golden Gate, and the Tomales Bay Watershed Council Science Fund. Learn more, and find out how to apply.
New Californian CESU Collaboration Opportunities
The Californian Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) has three new members for collaborative research and stewardship: The Marine Mammal Center, Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research, and Sonoma State University.
Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research and The Marine Mammal Center are 501c3 organizations that conduct research, conservation and education on marine animals and ecosystems. The Marine Mammal Center is located in Golden Gate National Recreation Area and also has strong working relationships with coastal parks in California, including Golden Gate, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Channel Islands National Park. Sonoma State is a state academic institution with whom we already have strong collaborative working relationships.
Sarah Allen, Science Program Lead for the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region, met this month with Sonoma State. A couple of faculty there expressed an interest in training the next generation of students in the practical application of conservation at a land management agency. Their interests include, but are not limited to, subjects such as restoration ecology and wildlife management. If you are interested in working with Sonoma State by providing a place for students to assist on relevant projects that you conduct, please contact Sarah Allen.
Upcoming Science Lectures at Point Reyes National Seashore
Please join Point Reyes National Seashore staff for Science Lectures, 45 minute presentations on scientific research being performed at the Red Barn Classroom. Science Lectures are sponsored by the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center.
- Mass mortality, recruitment and genetic change in ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) associated with sea star wasting disease, Dr. Michael Dawson and Lauren Schiebelhut, UC Merced, May 16, noon–12:45 pm
Visit the Science Lectures webpage for details on these and other science lectures at Point Reyes.
Upcoming Presidio Trust Natural Resources Events
- Special Talk: Coyotes In The Presidio May 4, 10:00–11:30 am
- Nature Walk: Sand Dunes -- Magnified! May 4, 10:30 am–noon
- Prickles, Spikes, And Thorns June 8, 11:00 am–noon
- Presidio Stargazing Party July 11, 7–10 pm
Find details on these and other free events at the Presidio on the Presidio Trust event calendar.
Upcoming Park Academy Classes
- Mori Point Biodiversity Walk May 10, 10 am–noon
- One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop May 11, 1–4 pm
- Soil Health Series: Drought, Climate Change, & Soils May 14, 10 am–1 pm
- Nature Journal Club: How to Build a Journal Page May 14, 12:30–2 pm
- Wildflower Walk at Lands End May 18, 10 am–12:30 pm
- Botany Series: Introduction to Grass Identification May 21, 1–4:30 pm
- Photography Basics May 24, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
- One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop May 28, 1–4 pm
Classes are free for NPS and Conservancy staff and volunteers. For more details or to register see their website.
Upcoming Field Institute Classes
The Point Reyes National Seashore Association's Field Institute has many classes coming up, including:
- Natural History of the Point Reyes Headlands May 4, 10 am–4:30 pm
- Butterflies for Beginners May 11, 10 am–2 pm
- Secret Caves and Hidden Beaches May 12, 9 am–4:30 pm
- Reptiles of Point Reyes May 18, 9 am–4 pm
- Tomales Bay Miwok Stories that Created the Landscape May 25, 10 am–3 pm
Point Reyes staff can register for a class at no charge, and other National Park Service employees may attend Field Institute classes at the PRNSA Member discounted rate. Contact the Field Institute at 415-663-1200 x307 for more details.
Last updated: April 30, 2019