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31 05, 2019

Save Mount Diablo May Stewardship Update

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

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’ [...]

8 04, 2019

Take the City Nature Challenge!

2019-03-28T19:58:33-07:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Community Conservation, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Happy spring! Gather your family, friends, and CalNat cohort and contribute your iNaturalist observation skills to your local community organizations and help collect data for science! April 26-29 City Nature Challenge: The City Nature Challenge began as a nature-observation competition between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County in 2016, organized around simple charge: “which city can find the most nature?” Since then, the competition has expanded rapidly, and this year more [...]

28 01, 2019

An Integrated Approach to Understanding Behavioral Responses of Free-Living Mammals to Human-Induced Rapid Change

2019-01-28T13:25:35-07:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Jennifer E. Smith and her students received a grant from Save Mount Diablo's Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program in 2018. The grant, "An integrated approach to understanding behavioral responses of free-living mammals to human-induced rapid change," supported research addressing an an important issue in ecology, the ability for wildlife to cope with human-induced rapid environmental change. A team of five undergraduates quantified variation in behavioral responses of a [...]

28 01, 2019

Marsh Creek Volcanics

2019-01-28T13:19:53-07:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |

Ryan Fay and Ray Sullivan received a Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program grant in 2018. Ryan Fay, Geologist at Albion Partners, presented their research on Marsh Creek volcanics at Save Mount Diablo's Mary Bowerman Science and Research Colloquium in December 2018. This research was an investigation about the intrusive history of volcanic units in the Marsh Creek and northern Diablo area. The purpose was to explain volcanic presence including time [...]

28 01, 2019

Predatory Behavior and Cyanide Resistance of Millipede-Hunting Beetles (Promecognathus) in the Diablo Range

2019-01-28T13:30:34-07:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |

Brandt Weary, Entomologist, received a 2018 grant from Save Mount Diablo's Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program and presented his research at Save Mount Diablo's 5th Annual Mary Bowerman Science &  Research Colloquium in December 2018. Weary summarized his results as follows: Promecognathus ground beetles from the Diablo range specialize on hunting millipedes that are chemically defended with cyanide. These beetles utilize a unique hunting behavior to subdue their toxic [...]