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4 11, 2019

Exploring Insect Biodiversity in the Diablo Range: When Creeks Dry Up, What Happens?

2019-11-04T14:18:12-08:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , |

Even tiny streams that only have water for a few months out of the year can be home to dozens of species of aquatic insects with fascinating adaptations and life cycles. Dr. Matthew Cover and his students study aquatic ecology, with a focus on the biodiversity of aquatic insects in streams of Central California. He hopes that this work contributes to the conservation of aquatic habitats, because there is so much [...]

21 10, 2019

Research Finds Mount Diablo Has a High Diversity of Bats

2019-11-04T14:09:28-08:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , |

Bats Help People, So People Need to Help Bats Did you know that 20 percent of the world’s mammals are bats? It’s true! The 1,408 species of bats currently known to science around the world represent about 20 percent of mammalian diversity. Bats include important pollinators and seed dispersers, and are an amazingly diverse group of mammals. In most of the US, bats mainly eat insects. They provide important pest [...]

17 10, 2019

Save Mount Diablo Sponsors Research on How to Keep Creeks Free of Invasive Snails

2019-11-04T14:22:06-08:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , , |

Keeping out invasive species is important, but it can be hard. Many species are very expensive to manage or can damage local ecosystems and biodiversity. Emily King, a PhD candidate and a recipient of a Mary Bowerman Science and Research grant from Save Mount Diablo, is studying the invasive New Zealand mud snail in Mount Diablo Creek as well as two other Bay Area streams. Tiny, Voracious, Armored Snails Steal [...]

7 10, 2019

The Biggest Concentration of Golden Eagles on the Planet Is in the Vicinity of Mount Diablo

2019-11-04T14:26:45-08:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , , |

Each year, Save Mount Diablo gives small grants as part of its Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program to researchers who study the ecology and geography of Mount Diablo and its watersheds. Over the past several years, Save Mount Diablo contributed to research conducted by the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center and its partners on golden eagles in our region. Exciting Results: Biggest Concentration of Golden Eagles on [...]

31 05, 2019

Save Mount Diablo May Stewardship Update

2019-06-05T15:25:17-07:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Stewardship, Science & Research|

Here's an overview of some of the stewardship activities we were up to during the previous month. Volunteers Make BioBlitz Successful at Mangini Ranch, Lime Ridge, and Arroyo Del Cerro Save Mount Diablo held its annual BioBlitz on May 3 and 4 this year. In preparation, volunteers were indispensable in cutting the grass at our check-in headquarters, gathering and transporting all the equipment and supplies needed to create a big [...]

6 05, 2019

Save Mount Diablo Grantee Featured on KQED Science

2019-06-20T12:29:10-07:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Science & Research|Tags: , |

Research funded in part by one of the Save Mount Diablo Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program's grants has now been featured in an article by KQED. The grant helped researcher Brandt Weary study "chemical warfare between bugs," specifically how a species of beetle can withstand cyanide emitted by a species of millipede. "The beetles, known as Promecognathus crassus, love to eat millipedes, even though they are only one-fifth the millipedes’ [...]