News and Dates for Friends of Sedgwick Reserve                   Summer 2017, No. 17        
Sedgwick Reserve News
and upcoming events.....
Research News...
Research projects 
initiated in 2017

Measuring Moisture Gradients across Woody Vegetation in Semi-Arid Landscapes with Image Data
Marc Mayes
  UC Santa Barbara
Conservation and Management of Western Monarchs: Implications of Breeding Phenology
Stephanie McKnight
Xerces Society
Developing Genomic Resources for the Conservation of the Tricolored Blackbird
Kelly Barr
UC Los Angeles
Christy Wyckoff
Santa Lucia Conservancy 
 Climate Change Impacts on Vegetation Throughout California Chaparral Systems
Laurel Fox
UC Santa Cruz

The Role of Local Adaptation in Predicting the Response of California Poppies to Climate Change
Elizabeth Ryan | Elsa Cleland
UC San Diego

Stable Isotope Analysis of Food Habits of California Grizzly Bears
Peter Alagona | Scott Cooper
UC Santa Barbara

Population Differentiation in Phenology in Goldfields
(Lathenia californica)
Rachael Olliff Yang
UC Berkeley

Pollinator Macrosystems
Christopher Clark | Erin Rankin 
University of California, Riverside

Tent cabins were added in 2015 for researchers conducting 
 multi-day studies.

Live SY Valley 
Fire Weather 
In June, Santa Barbara County Fire installed a   RAWS  (Remote Automatic Weather Station) 
on the Reserve's Western Ridge Fire Road to collect fire weather data in eastern Santa Ynez Valley. 

Weather data is transmitted hourly to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho and used by the fire department to for the purpose of warning local residents of fire threats. This weather data issue red flag warnings within 24 hours of an impending critical fire weather event.

Click HERE or more information on red flag warnings 

Click HERE To view live weather data from the RAWS site

Live Pond Camera

1. Copy and paste this address  into your web browser:

2. if it asks for a user name
and password use these:

login: root
password: 201406ucsbSNR

TriColored Blackbird
Save the Date

Friday, June 23 
Rob Siverd, Los Cumbres Observatory

Saturday, June 24 
10:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday, Nov 4
3pm - dark

Stay tuned for other upcoming events

Contact Us



If you've traveled Brinkerhoff recently to its northern extent, you've seen that the UC Sedgwick Natural Reserve continues to blossom as a vibrant, safe, environmentally sustainable and nationally recognized research station.
This letter is to keep you abreast on news regarding projects and upcoming events; and offer opportunities for engagement as we further the UC Natural Reserve System's mission of research, teaching, stewardship and outreach. 

By the Numbers
UC Riverside researcher studying hummingbirds
If scientific publications were the currency by which a research station is measured, Sedgwick's bank account would have filled in the 2016-17 academic year. During the year,   researchers logged 2,441 days of use, which culminated in 27  publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. A whopping 452 university  students received field studies training on the 5,800 acre reserve and contributed 1,534 days of use towards our academic mission. 

Docent Gary Nett
Behind the scenes, the Reserve's trained cadre of  doc ents and volunteers  contributed 716 days of service this  ye ar working on citizen  scie nce and stewardship efforts. Their contributions included recording plant phenology; monitoring  amphibian, bird and wildlife populations; controlling invasive species, maintaining trails and caring for native plant gardens and oak restoration sites.

Community outreach programs  provided 2300 visitors access to interpretive tours, meeting facilities and community events.  We look forward to leveraging the opportunities provided by the new La Kretz Research Center to bring even more science to our community focused programming. 

UCLA students learning how to set up an insect trap

Good News!

UC Santa Barbara alumni Linda Duttenhaver and her father, Morton La Kretz, established a $6M endowment to create the  La Kretz Research Center at Sedgwick Reserve. The LaKretz Center is a conservation driven research initiative that will provide scientists and graduate students opportunities to study California's Mediterranean ecosystems. 


The Center will be housed in the recently renovated Sedgwick Ranch House, which is now an American Disability Act (ADA) compliant, energy efficient and comfortable base of operations for researchers. Now, more than ever, the ecosystems at Sedgwick continue to be a key component for our researchers and conservationists who use the Reserve to better understand and sustainably steward the environment of our beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. 

Sedgwick neighbors Herb and Denise Marino-Paaren established the   Single Step Fellowship in Land Ethics  to support graduate students in UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and other related academic disciplines at UCSB engaged at Sedgwick Reserve. The inaugural recipients of the SingleStep fellowship is a year-long Bren School graduate capstone project titled,   From mountains to grasslands: Conservation and land management in the UC Natural Reserves.  

To ensure that Sedgwick only becomes better and not busier, we will be developing a  5-year  strategic plan in the upcoming year. The goal of this effort will be to balance research, education, stewardship and public uses to serve the core mission of the Natural Reserve System and phase out uses that do not. 
Sustainability and conservation continue to be top priorities in our operational and construction endeavors. We continue to institute water conservation measures, solar energy, composting and alternative energy vehicles into our management of the reserve and its facilities.

The University was recently awarded a state bond grant to make the last of the field station's infrastructure Improvements. This include the conversion of two garages into office/lab space and a bunkhouse. These relatively small projects should be completed in 2018.  
A small band of cows will soon be calling Sedgwick home. To fulfill our county agricultural easement, and to help control fire prone vegetation on the Reserve, we are entering into an annually renewable license agreement with the Te Amo Cattle Company to graze 40 head of cattle in the eastern pastures of the Reserve. 
Public hikes and lectures are on hiatus until Fall, but mark Saturday November 4th on your calendar for the Sedgwick Barn Dance, an annual event welcoming the arrival of fall and celebrating the reserve's rich cultural heritage. 
How YOU can help
If you are interested in becoming a Sedgwick docent or volunteer and can contribute 40 hours of service annually, please email us. Docent training classes and  volunteer opportunities will start back up again in October 2017. 

A reminder that the Reserve is not intended for recreational uses such as horseback riding, dog walking, mountain bike riding or hiking. We take the safety of those who come onto the Reserve seriously, as well as the ecosystem impacts posed by Reserve use. Entering the Reserve without permission is not only potentially dangerous, but is also considered trespassing by the University.  Requests for docent led tours, or for volunteer applications to assist with reserve functions can be made online after contacting the Reserve Manager at  for authorization. 
For more information on non-academic access, rules of the Reserve and other information about our programs, please contact the reserve or visit our website

Please keep Sedgwick in mind when choosing your philanthropies to support. You can make a gift on line through our website or drop a check in the mail at the address below. Every dollar makes a difference to researchers, graduate students and their support system at Sedgwick. 

Thank you and happy trails this summer!

Kate McCurdy , Reserve Manager |
3566 Brinkerhoff Road
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 686-1941