How are amphibians and reptiles, known collectively as herpetofauna, impacted by fire? Some species may be particularly vulnerable to negative impacts from fire due to their relatively low dispersal abilities compared with other groups of animals. In order to effectively plan prescribed burns and prioritize mitigation for potential wildfires, ecologists and land managers must understand the responses of local flora and fauna to fire. In this presentation, we will learn from biologist Julianne Bradbury, about her pre- and post-fire research surveying herpetofauna at Pepperwood Preserve in northeastern Sonoma County. Plywood coverboards arranged in grassland and mixed oak-conifer forest habitats adjacent to seasonal ponds were surveyed for two years prior to and two years following the 2017 Tubb’s wildfire event at Pepperwood. Join us to learn about Julianne’s findings, and how this research can help better inform land stewardship practices to support a healthy population of reptiles and amphibians living with wildfire.
Speaker: Julianne Bradbury, Audubon Canyon Ranch
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Cost:$15 General, $10 Members
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