Tuesday, January 23 – 7:00 pm
Zoom Doors will open at 6:30 pm
“Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary: A Southern California Treasure”
Presented by Sandy DeSimone, Director of Research, Education, and Land Management
Plants and birds are a passion for Sandy DeSimone, who did her doctoral research on the globally endangered coastal sage scrub. Sandy’s land management and education programs at the 4000-acre Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in southeast Orange County reflect her passion and studies. Since 1999, after several years of research on the biology and nonchemical control of the highest priority nonnative on Starr Ranch, the Sanctuary has used an experimentally based method that has reduced artichoke thistle cover by 95% in a work site after one season of nonchemical treatment. This work is done by the Starr Ranch field crew, comprised of a full-time field supervisor and four seasonal field assistants.
Land managers from Ventura to San Diego Counties have visited Starr Ranch to learn about the research-based, sustainable land management practice and visit the restoration sites.
Local and regional partnerships focusing on Southern California conservation issues are also critical to Sandy’s work. She works closely with academic and agency partners on tree pests, fire prevention, mountain lions, bird monitoring, and rare riparian fish and macroinvertebrates.
Join us to learn about beautiful Starr Ranch’s natural habitats and wildlife and
how they are being protected.
Advance registration is required for this event.
Click on the button below and after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining this lecture. The program begins promptly at 7:00 pm.