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February 2018

Native Uses and Management of Plants and Habitats

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, 4020 Pine Flat Rd at Red Winery Road
Geyserville, CA 95441 United States
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$20

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self for an introduction to some of the useful plants of the season. Youll also learn how our landscapes were shaped by reciprocal relationships between the Wappo and local plants and habitats. One important interaction was intentional burning, which generated wildflower crops and lush browse for deer and other wildlife. Well also talk about ACR Mountain Lion Project and Fire Ecology Program.

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Guided Walk at Ano Nuevo

February 24 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Ano Nuevo State Reserve, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pescadero, CA 94060 United States
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$20

Ano Nuevo State Park rich variety of natural and cultural resources draws visitors from around the world. The park Natural Preserve offers an extraordinary wilderness experience, where every year up to 10,000 elephant seals return to breed, give birth, and molt their skin amongst the scenic dunes and beaches.Groups will leave at 9:15 AM and 9:30 AM. 

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Science Saturday: Animal Athletes

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950 United States
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Free

This highest jumping, fastest flying, strongest biting Science Saturday of the year focuses on the Olympians in the animal kingdom. From falcons to mountain lions, and beetles to beavers, every athlete has a story to tell. Join us for crafts, activities, and science as we sprint, jump, and dive into the world of Animal Athletes.

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2018 Spare the Air Youth’s YES (Youth for the Environment and Sustainability) Conference

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Laney College, 900 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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Free

Bay Area middle and high school students are invited to attend the Spare the Air Youth YES Conference!!!!The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission invite you to the award-winning: Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference.Students interested in transportation and climate change issues, clean air and a healthy environment are invited to the 2018 YES Conference.Middle- and high-school students from around the nine-county Bay Area will gather to exchange ideas, participate in workshops and…

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Bay Trail Walk to Bird Overlook, Hamilton Field

February 24 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Wear comfortable shoes, bring your binoculars and bird books, and let walk to the bird overlook and see what wildlife we can discover.  Hike is approximately a 1.5-miles round trip on a fairly easy part of the Bay Trail. Rain cancels. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Hanger Road at South Hamilton Park in Novato.

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Ship Operations in the Bay

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Join Captain Craig Thomas of Agile Marine as he provides a better understanding of commercial shipping operations and movements in the Bay. The program includes the types of ships, ship construction and layout, commercial considerations, types, and locations of terminals in the Bay Area, manning requirements including careers and International, U.S. and California Regulations. A typical voyage for a tanker and container ship will be tracked from outside the bay, into a terminal, carrying out cargo operations, and departing to…

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Indicators That Fox Are in Your Area

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Don Edwards Refuge Headquarters & Visitors Center, 2 Marshlands Road
Freemont, CA 94555 United States
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Free

Do you sometimes see paw prints in mud or scat (poop) on the trails and assume that a dog left it? It could be from something else. Come along with me and I will show you how to distinguish and identify the markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights into the fox's nature and their behavior during the walk. By the time we are through, you will have a set of "tools" you can use to identify the presence…

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The Moon and Stars: Astronomy Hike & Campfire

February 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NatureBridge, 1033 Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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$15

Amazing stargazing! Using binoculars, a spotting scope, and telescopes, well study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your favorite pair! Weather may prevent us from actually seeing the moon and stars, but we will still have fun and learn about constellations, the features of the moon, and astronomical myths. This program features an Environmental Science Educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands. Our evening hikes are usually no…

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Jazz Under the Stars

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College of San Mateo, 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402 USA
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Free

Come peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible planets, star clusters, and more while we listen to CSM's very own KCSM Jazz 91 FM. Dress warmly. Free parking in Marie Curie Lot 5. Directions are available on the Maps, Directions & Parking page.

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San Francisco City Star Party

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
City Star Parties – Parade Grounds at the Presidio, 103 Montgomery St. Main Post Lawn
San Francisco, CA 94129 United States
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Free

Come join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to check the SFAA website for the latest updatesbad weather or overcast skies will cancel!

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People and Robots Seminar

February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley Room 242
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Free

Speaker: Russ Taylor, Johns Hopkins Univ.

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The Silk Road

February 26 @ 7:30 pm
Long Now Foundation, SF Jazz Center 201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Free for Members

Archaeologist, photographer, and author Michael Frachetti researches Asia ancient Silk Roads to understand Central Asian societies and their unique role in shaping ancient and modern civilization. He uses high-resolution satellite imagery, 3-D modeling, and computer simulations to help predict, discover, and document the ancient archaeology of Central Asia, while studying the relationship between societies and their impact on extreme environments like deserts, high mountains, etc.See website for non-member price.

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Elucidating the Mechanisms Driving the Formation of a Nucleus-like Bacteriophage Compartment

February 27 @ 12:05 pm - 12:55 pm
Sonoma State University – Biology Colloquium, 1801 E Cotati Ave Darwin Hall, Room 103
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 United States
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Free

Speaker: Eliza Nieweglowska, UC San Francisco

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CITRIS Research Exchange

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Sutardja Dai Hall Banatao Auditorium
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Free

Speaker: Scott Page, Univ. of Michigan

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Environmental & Energy Economics Seminar

February 28 @ 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
Giannini Hall, UC Berkeley Room 248
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Free

Speaker: Ram Fishman, Tel Aviv University

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Managing protected species across multiple scales: Blue whale foraging and migration patterns in the California Current

February 28 @ 3:30 pm
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, 3152 Paradise Drive Bay Conference Center, South Bay Room
Tiburon, CA 94920 United States
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Free

Speaker: Dr. Elliot Hazen, Environmental Research Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Leaded or Unleaded: Monitoring stress levels in the California Condor

February 28 @ 7:00 pm
Free

You may have heard of the endangered California condor, our state namesake vulture species with its impressive nine foot wingspan. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have seen a condor soaring over Pinnacles National Park or the Big Sur coastline. You may even know that frequent lead poisonings from consumption of lead-based ammunition fragments in the condor carrion diet has been a major hurdle to population recovery. But did you know that these birds are trapped from the wild twice…

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Skeptics in the Pub: Millbrae

February 28 @ 7:00 pm
Fiddler’s Green, 333 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA 94030 United States
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Free

If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. We are a group who informally discuss the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale. Sponsored by Bay Area Skeptics.WHY: Because were curious creatures.

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Exploration of Mars

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Foothill College Smithwick Theater
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 United States
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$3

Dr. Ashwin Vasavada, Project Scientist for the Curiosity Mission to Mars at JPL, will be speaking about the exploration of Mars.

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Gnashing, Gnawing, and Grinding: The Science of Teeth

February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Terra Linda High School, Room 207, 320 Albion Way
San Rafael, CA 94903 94903
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Free

Marin Science SeminarSpeaker:Tesla Monson of UC Berkeley

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