Santa Cruz Conserves presents Dr. Yiwei Wang!

TITLE: Turning tweeters into birders: advancing bird conservation in the SF Bay Area

EVENT: Santa Cruz Conserves Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Yiwei Wang

TIME: 12:30 PM, February 26, 2016 (Members meeting at 1:30 PM)

PLACE: Interdisciplinary Sciences Building room 221, University of California Santa Cruz

Join SCSCB in welcoming Dr. Yiwei Wang, director of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) for our second Santa Cruz Conserves seminar! Yiwei is a former banana slug (PhD 2014) and went on to prestigious postdoctoral appointments in conservation with DataOne and Save The Elephants. She will tell us about SFBBO’s conservation actions in the bay area, and ways for SCSCB members to get involved! As always, the event is free, and open to the public. Come early or stay late to check out the Norris Center too!

About Yiwei’s talk:
“In 1981, two San Jose State University Professors and their students founded the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) in an effort to protect and better understand local birds, Since then, SFBBO has evolved into a well respected research organization dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats through science and outreach. Yiwei will discuss some of their long term projects, such as their Colonial Waterbirds monitoring program and Bird Banding station, as well as some of their new habitat restoration and outreach programs. Her hope is to build stronger collaborative ties between the Santa Cruz SCB community and SFBBO to discover new ways to use their existing data and leverage their resources and connections to advance bird conservation.”

Following the talk we will have a member’s meeting (1:30pm), so be prepared to share your input on SCSCB’s goals and plans in 2016!

SCSCB Film Series shows “The End of The Line” Feb 5!

Please join us for the inaugural film screening of the 2016 SCSCB film series! After the film, we will discuss the film and what we can do to move forward.

at the Ken Norris Center for Natural History on UCSC Campus

Friday, February 5th at 1:30pm

SCSCB Member Survey – Join a Committee!

Are you interested in becoming a member of SCSCB? Would you like to get involved in local conservation partnerships and solutions? Please fill out our member survey so we can get the ball rolling on our exciting new projects in the community! You can let us know if you would like to be a member of SCSCB, and if you want to participate in our efforts to bring conservation speakers to UCSC, provide scientific support to local conservation groups, organize volunteer and service events, or contribute to our online presence.

Update: SURVEY CLOSED. Find our updated membership form here!

Santa Cruz Conserves Seminar Series kicks off with Dr. Asha de Vos

EVENT: Santa Cruz Conserves Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Asha de Vos

TIME: 4 PM, November 19, 2015 (Members meeting at 3 PM)

PLACE: Norris Center, Natural Sciences II, University of California Santa Cruz

Join SCSCB in hosting conservation biologist Dr. Asha de Vos for the first talk of the Santa Cruz Conserves Seminar Series! She will share her research, and personal experience making conservation impact, particularly for the Blue Whales of Sri Lanka. Her research has been featured by National Geographic, TED, Wired and many other media outlets. She has been a passionate advocate for whales and marine issues making substantial impacts. We’re really lucky to have her speak on campus, and highly encourage people from all backgrounds to attend.

From the TED website:
Why you should listen:
Asha de Vos is a marine biologist and TED Fellow who specializes in researching and working with marine mammals. She has degrees from the Universities of St. Andrews and Oxford, and her PhD from the University of Western Australia. She oversees the Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project, the first long-term study on blue whales within the northern Indian Ocean.

A Duke University Global Fellow in Marine Conservation, de Vos previously worked at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature while she has also consulted with the National Aquatic Research Agency. She was a panelist at the Rio+20 summit in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.

What others say:
“The unique Sri Lankan blue whales live in busy shipping waters. Marine biologist Asha de Vos is using mathematical models to put them out of harm’s way.” — New Scientist

For more information on Asha’s impressive research, and conservation activities check out:

The Society for Conservation Biology has come to Santa Cruz!

Welcome to the website for the brand new Santa Cruz chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology! We are an organization dedicated to bridging conservation science and practice by initiating partnerships across the Santa Cruz conservation community. Just like this Santa Cruz puma kitten (photo by Tom McElroy), we are young but ready to take on the world! Please follow us for updates on events to get involved with local conservation projects. Also, please like us on Facebook to learn about conservation stories in your backyard: