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Wednesday, 01/10/18
  • The secret life of elephant seals: Insights into the at-sea behavior of a mesopelagic predatorElephant seals are one of the few conservation success stories. They were hunted nearly to the point of extinction, such that by 1900 there were less than 20 individuals left on Guadalupe Island. Fortunately, the Mexican government protected them and today there are well over 200,000 individuals and the population ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Dark Energy, Getting to Mars and Protecting Coral ReefsHow to Get (More of Us) To Mars?We are going to Mars - but how? More importantly, who gets to go?We will take a look at the usual suspects (Musk, Bezos, NASA), but will also consider less conventional ways humans can get their Mars on. Above all, we will argue ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $7 advance, $10 at door
  • Pairings: Bivalves at After Dark
    "The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star."  Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout, 1825Seafood lovers, take note: bivalves, the organisms including mussels, clams, oysters, and scallops, are at risk. Oyster reefs are one of the most endangered habitats on Earth.  They've declined an ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free for After Dark members- website for details
Thursday, 01/11/18
  • Today's Largest Galaxies: Examining the growth of local brightest cluster galaxies using IFU kinematics and stellar populationsSpeaker: Louise Edwards, Cal Poly SLO
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: Measuring Green
    Before you can trim your carbon footprint, you need to measure it.Every decision you make - what you eat, what you wear, how you travel - has a quantifiable environmental impact. The methodology to measure it is called life-cycle assessment. It’s messy. For example, the environmental impact of burning natural ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Fungus Among Us NightLifeMagic Mycology  (African Hall)7:30pm, Enter the wonderful world of mushroom foraging with Debbie Viess of the Bay Area Mycological Society - and learn how and where to find fungi, why it’s important to study them, and why they’ve kept her fascinated for so long.  8:30pm, Discover the power of psilocybin, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Is Silicon Valley As Green As It Claims?Tech companies are cleaning up their data centers and building shiny new buildings that sip water and energy. But are these companies really as green as they claim to be? How do we know they aren’t just greenwashing? Many tech and industrial companies have issued statements in support of the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members, $7 Students
  • Neuroscience and the Great Questions
    Neuroscience has built a case for addressing many of the Great Questions (You & Me, Animals & People, Free Will & Determinism, Nature & Nurture, Art & Science, Life & Death) as interdependent feedback loops. In this presentation, Dr. Stephens will discard the old left brain as accountant / right ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Friday, 01/12/18
  • Fern FridayMeet the ferny sporophytes of nine local fern species on an excursion along Pine Flat Road with ACR Education Specialist Dave Self. We’ll also take a short hike (two miles) to visit the ridgeline serpentine of Red Hill to find our tenth and last species and to see if we ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
  • Conservation Efforts and the Building of the Nature State: A Colombian CaseA swath of tropical forest on Colombia´s Caribbean coast, along with the felines and people who inhabit it, are manifestations of what we can call the nature state. This novel concept refers to the set of institutions, practices, and policies by which the state claims that caring for nature, and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Green Friday - 'Project Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming'In this DVD lecture by preeminent environmentalist and thinker Paul Hawken we learn of the strategies put  forth in his book, Drawdown, a comprehensive list of one hundred ways to approach and solve the crisis of global warming.  Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $3 donation requested
  • Free Public StargazingView Moon, bright planet " Venus, red planet " Mars, Pleiades (Seven sisters or Subaru), Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula , Crab Nebula , Double cluster in Perseus, star cluster Hyades, Pleiades, “Owl” cluster, Beehive cluster, bright stars Rigel, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Aldebaran and many more objects.Facility has an 8 inch refractor ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • The History of the Reflecting TelescopeThe reflecting telescope was invented by Sir Isaac Newton, and proposed by a few others in the late 17th Century in an effort to solve the problem of chromatic aberration that was plaguing refractors of the time. These early reflectors used metal mirrors made from a highly reflective metal alloy ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
Saturday, 01/13/18
  • FAMILY PROGRAM: Trees and Birds
    Visit the botanical art exhibit "Celebrating Trees", take a walk to discover the trees of the UC Botanical Garden, particularly those that are nesting sites, and learn about the winter birds of the Garden. We'll also talk about nest materials and see some real bird nests up close! Make a ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Hike the Mallard Slough Trail
    Look for birds, mammals, and animal tracks as we explore along the water’s edge on this 3.7-mile nature walk. Bring binoculars and your favorite field guide to help enjoy the views. Have at least one liter of water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels hike. Led by Steve Stolper. RESERVATIONS ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Salt Marsh WalkTake a walk with docent Gregg Aronson around the wetlands of the wildlife refuge and learn about their history. See examples of salt collection ponds and learn what is being done to convert them back to their original, natural salt marsh state. Hear how wildlife is affected by the two types of habitat, and why it ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Fixit Clinic CCXLVI (246) Oakland CAFixit Clinic CCXLVI (246) Oakland CAFixit Coaches will be training in residence at the Oakland Public Library, Dimond Branch and available for consultation on your broken items.Celebrating repair by conveying basic troubleshooting skills, Fixit Clinics are do-it-together hands-on STEM-oriented fix-n-learn community-based exploration and discovery workshops staffed by volunteer Fixit Coaches ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Twilight Marsh WalkExperience the salt marsh at twilight on an easy stroll along Tidelands (1 1/3 mile) Trail. At the setting of the sun we will observe the beginning of nature’s night shift. Come discover the sights, sounds, and smells of the refuge as night descends. Not suitable for young children. RESERVATIONS ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
Sunday, 01/14/18
  • Documenting Wildlife on the MayacamasSpend the morning learning about some of the wildlife that inhabits the Preserves with Ginny Fifield, Wildlilfe Camera Specialist, ACR Mountain Lion Project Team, and Modini Mayacamas Preserves Volunteer. We’ll learn about identifying field signs of mountain lions, bobcat, coyotes and more. Based on what we find, we'll guess what ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • Marine Science Sunday: Animals of the Arctic
    This month we celebrate the animals that are the champions of the cold: Animals of the Arctic. We recommend teaming our free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience.Program SummaryFREE Classroom Programs: Animals of the Arctic- 12 PM and ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Bay Area FrogWatch training to monitor local species at CuriOdyssey
    CuriOdyssey is home to the Bay Area FrogWatch chapter.  Since 2011, the Bay Area chapter has been monitoring our six local species: the Pacific treefrog, the red-legged frog, foothill yellow-legged frog, the western toad, the western spadefoot toad, and the bullfrog.FrogWatch USA was established in 1998 and adopted by the ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  
Tuesday, 01/16/18
  • Two KIPAC Tea TalksSolving a puzzle about halo assembly biasSpeaker: Yao-Yuan Mao, University of PittsburghPrecision cosmology with 21cm intensity mapping in the post-reionization eraSpeaker: Francisco Villaescusa-Navarro, Flatiron CCA
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Symmetries of TimeAstroPhysics/Physics ColloquiumSpeaker: Frank Wilczek, MIT
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • An Evening with the San Francisco Amateur AstronomersJoin us in our 66th year for a special evening with SFAA. Enjoy extra time for snacks and meet & greet, as we share our experiences with you in a more informal setting.Hear short talks on what is in the future for amateur astronomy, discover how to share your dark ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
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