Community Science and Stewardship: The Big Picture and an Exciting Santa Barbara/Ventura Opportunity
WhenStart: April 26, 2021 @ 7PM PT
End: April 26, 2021 @ 9PM PT
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0TMyyNPxRzuE-sfBefMqXg
Date/time: Monday, April 26 at 7PM - 9PM PT
Presenter: Dr. John Gallo, Conservation Biology Institute, Dr. Josie Lesage, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Description: We are in the sixth mass extinction event of the planet, this one caused by one species. For instance, about half of Earth’s wild animals have been lost since 1970, and the trend continues. There are many strategies to halting this biodiversity crisis, including engaged conservation planning and management. A key component of this is community science and stewardship. This empowers the people of a place to participate more in determining its fate. All of this and more will be defined in the introduction to the webinar. Then the Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint, an instance of this approach, will be introduced, as well as its aspects that can be applied anywhere, such as online data mapping and sharing via databasin.org. Then we will get into one of the many exciting flagship partnerships: the Community Science Fire Resilience Project with Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (SBBG) and Conservation Biology Institute. Community scientists and experts are mapping the locations of mudslide risk, invasive plants, rare plants, trail conditions and more for the fire scars of the Thomas and Whittier Fires. All the SBBG Volunteer positions for this project are full, so tonight we unveil a second and more casual approach for you to engage in gathering important information for this project. All you will need is a smartphone and the desire to go for a hike! If you live too far away, the technique, based on iNaturalist, can be applied to your local challenges.
This presentation will end at approximately 7:45 PM, leaving time for questions, answers, and discussion.
At approximately 8 PM Dr. Josie Lesage from the SBBG will give a slide-based training on how to best identify the 12 key invasive species of this project.