Archive for November, 2009

OC CNPS General Meeting November 19, 2009

November 14, 2009

Please join us this Thursday night, November 19th for two special presentations at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (see http://occnps.org/ for directions):

6:45 PM-  Doors Open

7:15 PM-  Planting Natives feature: Dan Songster–Tips for success during the planting season

7:30 PM- Main Program: Dr. Jutta Burger–Preserving the natural treasures of the historic Irvine Ranch

Orange County CNPS is dedicated to helping preserve and protect our native ecosystems. To help us understand and celebrate the treasures we have in Orange County we’ve embarked on an exploration of our special places through programs and newsletter articles. Our goal is to present a comprehensive and interesting view of the open spaces, habitats, parks and preserves in Orange County. Take the time to come to the entire series and you too will know the real wealth of Orange County.

For the first program in our Orange County is Special series, Dr. Jutta Burger will present “Preserving the Natural Treasures of the Historic Irvine Ranch”. She will describe the habitats, their regional importance, the vision and approach to managing them, and the various projects that are currently in progress. Highlights will include some observations from recent grassland and sensitive species surveys, some choice photos from wildlife camera operations, and plans for restoration and enhancement of some of our more invaded landscapes. Limestone_March2003

Limestone Canyon, Photo credit: Stephen Francis Photography

Jutta Burger co-manages the science and stewardship team of IRC. Her expertise is invasive species control, developing local genetically representative native seed for restoration, and using passive restoration to improve habitat. She also leads the volunteer land stewardship program, which assists with restoration and invasive species control. Prior to joining IRC, Jutta completed a post-doctoral research program at the University of Georgia, studying associations between cultivated and wild plants. She has a Ph.D. in plant biology and invasive plant evolution and ecology from the UC Riverside, an MS in biology from the University of Nebraska studying plant-insect interactions, and a BS in biology from Washington State. Jutta has published broadly in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is a member of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Ecological Society of America, and the Botanical Society of America. She has extensive experience with and technical expertise in southern Californian Mediterranean ecosystems.

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Chocolate Lily, Photo credit: Stephen Francis Photography

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