Speaker Series

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




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.

Zoom Reservation Required: Link Here


We're pleased to share video links of  Susan Karasoff's (CNPS-YB Outreach chair) popular gardening series with the San Francisco Public Library

Colorful Year Around Gardening with San Francisco Native Plants

Shrubberies, Wind Screens and Ground Covers

Succulent Gardening with Kipp McMichael

Children’s Gardens with San Francisco Native Plants

Gardening for Biodiversity in San Francisco, October, 24, 2020

Shade Gardening with California Native Plants, September 26, 2020

Gardening for San Francisco’s Butterflies and Pollinators, August 22, 2020

Edible Native Fruits & Vegetables of San Francisco, July 25, 2020