Richard Rachman: Our Native Oaks – April 5, 2021

General Meeting – April 5, 2021

Our Native Oaks

Join Richard Rachman of Cal State University Northridge to talk about oak trees in the Santa Monica mountains.

Oak trees are emblematic in the state of California, and their habitat supports hundreds of species of plants and animals. Quercus agrifolia and Q. lobata are the dominant oak species in the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles,and these oak woodlands have been suffering dieback due to drought, wildfires, and invasive species. More mapping is needed of oak populations in order to plan future conservation efforts and hopefully figure out which factors are most heavily impacting their survival

Richard Rachman in the field

Photo from CSUN Today article, linked below.

“CSUN student sheds light on campus wildlife; some species thriving during campus closure” – Daily Sundial

“A Seedling Career Blooms: Botany Student Studies Woolsey Fire’s Aftermath” – CSUN Today

For more info on Rachman, or on entering the field of science, you can follow him on Instagram @a_wandering_ecologist.
The meeting starts at 7:30.  Generally, someone will be present prior to the start time to let you in.

This meeting is via Zoom.  Look to your email for invitation.  Contact us to be added to the invitation list.

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