March 2015

Humboldt State University


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Jeffrey Kane, PhD - HSU Fire Ecologist

Jeff Kane is the incoming professor of Wildland Fire Ecology and Management at Humboldt State University starting this Fall. He has long been interested in fire and has worked in many fire-prone ecosystems throughout the US. His fire research has focused on the flammability of oak and pine litter and the understory vegetation response to fire and fuels treatments. Jeff's future research will continue on these topics but will also investigate the impacts of climate change on fire-prone ecosystems with an emphasis maintaining and promoting biodiversity.

At Bio Conf 2013, Jeff will be lighting some fires with the brush of various Northern California and Southern Oregon forests while sharing with us some of the important roles of fire. Register ASAP while space lasts.

Also, at 11am on Sunday the 6th in the Goodwyn Forum, Jeff will be giving a fire ecology presentation entitled "Good Fire, No Fire, Bad Fire: the complexities of managing fire in an era of rapid change."

To learn more, visit the 
HSU Wildland Fire Labaratory website.


Northcoast Environmental Center

Since 1971, the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC), a sponsor of Bio Conf 2013, has been reporting on environmental news in their bi-monthly publication, Econews.  NEC has also maintained active community involvement, with outreach programs Healthy Humboldt Coalition, to protect wetlands and watersheds by focusing future growth on existing communities, and Green Wheels, for healthy bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

Learn more at www.yourNEC.org


Dennis Walker, PhD (HSU Professor Emeritus)

HSU Professor Emeritus Dennis Walker PhD will be leading groups through our amazing plant collection (of which he helped acquire much of).  Thanks to Dr. Walker's efforts, HSU has the largest botany collection greenhouse in the California State University system and one of the largest collections in the whole state.

He will lead 30-40 minute tours of the plant conservatory on Sunday at 11:10, 1:10 and 3:10.  Registration is required due to limited space. Sign up now from link on home page :)

See his faculty page here.


Humboldt Wildlife Care Center (HWCC)

The Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, established in 1979, is a non-profit, permitted, volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, treatment, and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife in Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte Counties.  At Bio Conf 2013 they will be displaying some of their educational raptors (eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and more) on the HSU quad.  Their educated handlers will be sharing fun facts about the life history and ecology of these amazing animals!  

Stay tuned to the 
schedule of events for times.

Check out their webspace @


Darren Ward, PhD (HSU)

Handle and learn about preserved fish specimens, shark jaws and other fascinating fish items w/ Dr. Darren Ward in the KBR from Noon to 3pm on Saturday.

See his HSU faculty page here.


California Native Plant Society (CNPS)

The North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is a group of enthusiastic people sharing their knowledge of California's native plants, studying native plants, and speaking up for native plants in conservation issues.

Visit their website @ 


HSU Botany Club

The HSU Botany Club will have native plants on exhibit and for sale. 
Like them on facebook here.


Fungiphiles Anonymous - HSU Mycology Club

The HSU Fungiphiles will be hosting a native mushroom exhibit.
Like them on face book here.


Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS)

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (just south of Eureka, CA) plays a huge role in the protection of habitat, wildlife and plant species in our community. The Refuge is an important stop for many migrating shorebirds and offers countless hours of recreational opportunities. They also offer educational field trips, invasive species programs and volunteer opportunities.

Look for a table from the Refuge in our hands-on room this year :)

Learn more about the Humboldt Bay Refuge at www.fws.gov/humboldtbay.


HSU Natural History Museum

Through its collections, exhibits, and programs, HSU Natural History Museum inspires North Coast residents and visitors of all ages toward an understanding and appreciation of the dynamic natural world and provides a learning laboratory for Humboldt State University.

HSU Natural History Museum will host several interactive learning stations on both days of Bio Conf.
Learn more about the museum @ www.humboldt.edu/NatMus 


Native Pollinator Exhibit

HSU grad students, including Carrie Lopez, from the lab of HSU pollination ecologist Prof. Michael Mesler will have pinned native pollinator specimens and dissecting scopes.  Emphasizing bees, they will have a diverse collection with which to share their knowledge of the insects life histories, nesting requirements and more!

Also: Cool posters from Pollinator Partnership and lots of informative literature and more from Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.  See last years Bio Conf presentation, entitled "Bringing Back the Pollinators," from Xerces Society executive director Scott Black here.

Carrie's research: There is little documentation regarding bee species composition in our local mountains.  Her primary research goal is to generate a thorough taxa list of the bee fauna found in the Grouse Mountain area of Humboldt County. This summer she collected over 3,000 specimens that will be curated and stored at HSU as a reference collection to be used for further taxonomic and ecological studies.


Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)

The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is a community based, non-profit organization that works to protect and restore forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and native species in Northern California. EPIC was founded in 1977 when local residents came together to successfully end aerial applications of herbicides by industrial logging companies in Humboldt County.

For more than 30 years, EPIC has been at the forefront of environmental protection, ensuring that state and federal agencies follow their mandate to uphold environmental laws and protect endangered species. They uses an integrated, science-based approach that combines public education, citizen advocacy and strategic litigation. EPIC protects and restores areas within our bioregion by implementing strategies that will strengthen the way conservation laws are interpreted and implemented throughout the state and nation.

EPIC's work played a pivotal role in bringing the plight of the Headwaters Forest to the world’s attention during the 1990s. Three of the six groves in Headwaters Forest are now in public hands and EPIC continues to pursue actions to preserve the forests left unprotected as part of the infamous Headwaters Deal. Their work led to the permanent protection of other important areas, including an ancient redwood grove that towers above the ocean in the Sinkyone Wilderness, and Gilham Butte, an ancient forest that connects an old-growth reserve, Bureau of Land Management lands and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. More recently, EPIC's work helped lead to the federal injunction that (at least temporarily) halted Cal Trans' project to widen the road through Richardson Grove State Park.

EPIC has filed approximately 70 lawsuits on behalf of imperiled species and their habitat and many of our victories have established important legal precedents. These include two successful cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and two before the California Supreme Court. Their achievements and the group’s important role in California resource policy have been recognized by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, which named EPIC one of the most effective organizations in California. EPIC remains vigilant in their efforts to protect forests and watersheds on corporate-owned forestland, and has now expanded their scope to address risks facing other areas of Northern California. Other areas of focus include commercial timber reform, national and state forest conservation, Humboldt Bay, and biodiversity protection.

Visit the EPIC website to learn more.


Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM)

FOAM serves as the educational support for the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary, raising awareness about wetlands, wildlife, and wastewater treatment by educating the public about the ecological benefits of wastewater used in a wetlands system. FOAM supports itself through donations, membership fees, and the time and enthusiasm of volunteers. Funds go to support community and educational projects, build educational displays for the interpretive center, and provide tours and talks at the Marsh.  Check out arcatamarshfriends.org for more info.

The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary has received international recognition and numerous awards as a municipal planning design, a cost-effective public utility operation, an urban redevelopment plan, and a natural resource project. Numerous species of plants, mammals, insects, and amphibians inhabit the marsh, including Raccoons, River Otters, Gray Foxes, Bobcats, Pacific Tree Frogs, Red-legged Frogs, Rough-skinned Newts & Dragonflies.


Friends of the Dunes

Friends of the Dunes is dedicated to conserving the natural diversity of coastal environments through community supported education and stewardship programs.   They have promoted the conservation of coastal environments since 1982. As a land trust, Friends of the Dunes was able to secure 113 acres of coastal dune property and establish it as the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center.   Based in Humboldt County, California, FOD is best known for coastal ecosystem restoration, education programs and guided walks.

Learn more at www.friendsofthedunes.org.


Humboldt Baykeeper

Humboldt Baykeeper was launched in October 2004 to safeguard our coastal resources for the health, enjoyment, and economic strength of the Humboldt Bay community through education, scientific research, and enforcement of laws to fight pollution. They are a non-profit organization devoted to furthering the rights of all people to a clean, healthful, and biologically diverse environment through education and the enforcement of environmental laws.
Humboldt Bay is the second largest estuary in California. The Bay and the adjacent Pacific Ocean coastline give our community its unique character. The health of our waters both in the bay and along our coastline depend greatly on the functioning of the intertidal mudflats, salt marshes, and freshwater wetlands of Humboldt Bay which act as a natural pollution filter and flood plain. Clean water supports healthier fisheries, which in turn support bird and wildlife populations.
Humboldt Baykeeper's programs involve scientists, boaters, fishermen, birdwatchers, students, and other concerned citizens in the important work of protecting Humboldt Bay, its tributaries, and the near-shore waters of the Pacific Ocean.

At Bio Conf 2012 a represenetative of Humboldt Baykeeper will present in the Conservation Room (see schedule here).

Also, visit 
their website.


Northcoast Marine Mammal Center

The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center is located in Crescent City, CA and our mission is to promote the long-term health of marine mammals along approximately two hundred miles of remote coastline in Humboldt and Del Norte counties of Northern California. The NMMC does this through the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, or orphaned marine mammals.

Check out there table at Bio Conf 2013 and their website here.


The Sierra Club- Redwood Chapter, North Group



Ocean Conservancy