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January 2020

Nature Journal Fieldtrip – Hawk Hill in Marin Headlands

January 26, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the Nature Journal Club for a day of nature exploration, art, and journaling. The Nature Journal Club is a wonderful group of nature lovers, artists, biologists, families, and friends that meet together to explore, wonder, and create art in the field. Every month we take a field trip together somewhere in the Greater Bay Area (other journaling clubs have regular events and trips in other areas- check out some of those links here). The field trips are open to…

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February 2020

The Forest Floor: Leaves, Roots, Moss and Fungi – Gouache Techniques Workshop with Lucy Martin

February 8, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road
Santa Rosa, California 95401
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The subject of fairy tales and scientific studies alike, the forest floor beckons with the juxtaposition of growth and decay, light and dark, the unknown and the familiar. Local botanical artist Lucy Martin will provide instruction for composing a painting of interesting things we find with closer examination of the ground in the woods. Lucy paints mainly in gouache (similar to watercolor but more opaque), with the addition of watercolor and occasionally colored pencil. She will present techniques such as…

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Charismatic Microflora: The Ecology and Management of Biological Soil Crusts

February 20, 4:00 pm - February 23, 12:00 pm

Matt Bowker, Kirsten Fisher, Brent Mishler, Tom Carlberg, and Mandy Slate. Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx, CA Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) are communities of cryptic organisms, including cyanobacteria, mosses, and lichens that typically stand less than 0.5 cm in height. Biological soil crusts have a significant impact on the world because of their extensive global distribution and their regulation of ecosystem functions. They also provide the opportunity to study amazing biological traits such as desiccation tolerance. These communities are easily damaged…

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