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Happy Earth Day 2021 from the MVPGR!

Happy Earth Day! Did you know that the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve (MVPGR) represents some of the largest remaining intact vernal pools and grassland ecosystems around? For this reason, the MVPGR attracts researchers and educators from around the UC system and beyond visiting the Reserve to explore vernal pool ecology, biodiversity, and more. The MVPGR typically hosts a variety of educational activities, from university-level course field trip trips, K-12 groups, public education naturalist events, and public service events, which makes every day Earth Day out on the Reserve!

Joy Baccei joins the team as the new MVPGR Director!

Joy Baccei has joined us as the new Director of the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve. As Director, Joy will oversee activities on the reserve related to the research, education, and public service mission of the UC Natural Reserve System. She will also work with our Tulare County Office of Education partners to help expand our activities at the new SCICON Field Station in Springville, CA. Joy has extensive wetland ecology and management expertise, and we are excited that she has joined the UC Merced and Natural Reserve System teams.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Please join our 4rd Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve on Thursday, January 2, 2020 (7am-3pm).  As part of the nation’s longest-running community science bird project (started in the year 1899!), the Audubon Society will be conducting bird counts between December 14, 2019 through January 5, 2020.  Thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many other countries in the western Hemisphere will be heading outside and tallying every bird that they see or hear.  On the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve, John Harris


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