Wildlife need more than a patch of healthy habitat - they need connected landscapes in order to survive and thrive. Connected habitats are critical for animals to move safely across the landscape to find food, water, and shelter. They also need room to roam in order to mate and to maintain healthy, genetically diverse populations. However, many obstacles to their movement threaten their long-term survival including habitats that are fragmented by development, housing, roads and freeways, fences, and other man-made barriers.
From the Bay Area to Los Angeles, conservation groups are working hard to not only protect and enhance critical habitat for our local wildlife, but ensure that wildlife can move throughout these areas to ensure their resilience in the face of a changing climate.
Join us as three scientists from the National Wildlife Federation, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, and POST share the work they are doing in their respective regions to connect wildlife across the state. They’ll also talk about the many organizations working together on these projects including the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, POST and the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency.
Join POST and our conservation partners for an interactive panel discussion exploring the importance of habitat connections for wildlife like mountain lions, bobcats, and many other animals. Our expert panelists will discuss efforts taking place in the Bay Area and in Southern California including the Laurel Curve wildlife crossing under Highway 17, efforts in Coyote Valley and the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing at Liberty Canyon on 101 in Southern California. You don’t want to miss this interesting opportunity to learn about the habitat connectivity issues that wildlife face, and dive deep into the specific projects that conservation groups are taking on to build a more connected and healthy ecosystem in California.
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Speakers: Marian Vernon, Peninsula Open Space Trust; Beth Pratt, National Wildlife Federation; Sarah Newkirk, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
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