CNPS Yerba Buena's Virtual Speaker Programs
Please note the unique webinar link contained within for each program description which will take you to the Zoom invitation or registration page.
Video of past "virtual" speaker programs can be found on our Yerba Buena YouTube Channel
UPCOMING PROGRAMS IN 2023:
Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 7:30pm
Wild Nature and Farming
Speaker: Jo Ann Baumgartner
WILD FARM ALLIANCE (WFA) promotes healthy, viable agriculture that protects and restores wild nature. Learn about their 2050 Vision including Farmland Flyways (1 million nest boxes and perches), Farmland Wildways (hedgerows to the moon and back) and Farmland Waterways (100,000 miles of riparian habitat). WFA was established by a national group of wildlands proponents and ecological farming advocates who share a common concern for the land and its inhabitants. They have been connecting the conservation of wild nature and the sustainability of farming systems since 2000.
Jo Ann Baumgartner authored many publications on the intersection between biodiversity conservation and agriculture, including beneficial birds and the native plants they use, the conservation mandates within the National Organic Program regulations, and the co-management of food safety and conservation. Before joining WFA in 2001, she addressed crop, livestock and fiber issues, was senior research editor for a book of California's rare wildlife species, and was an organic farmer for over a decade. For her Master's research in Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University, she studied bird predation of insects in apple orchards.
Zoom Reservation Required: Link Here
Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 7:30pm
The building blocks to resilience of California’s grasslands to fire and drought
Speaker: Valerie Eviner
This talk will review recent findings on how California’s grasslands will respond to environmental changes, especially fires and droughts, and the management approaches that can enhance the resilience of these grasslands to multiple changes.
Valerie Eviner is a professor of Ecosystem Management and Restoration in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. Her work focuses on understanding the ecological mechanisms that maintain grassland composition and ecosystem function, and how to enhance these with management.