Blue Oak Ranch Reserve

UC Berkeley Natural Reserve System

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May 29, 2016

The World of GIS has arrived to Blue Oak Ranch Reserve

16 International scholars and 5 instructors have gathered at BORR on May 25 for a  month of hands on training in the use of Geographic Information Systems for conservation. These courses are provided jointly by Society for Conservation GIS, Juniper GIS, ESRI, UC Davis Information Center for the Environment, and UC Berkeley Blue Oak Ranch Reserve. The Scholarship Program currently targets its support primarily at the regions where SCGIS international chapters and informal conservation GIS communities affiliated with SCGIS are growing or emerging, in an effort to promote further growth of these chapters and communities.  For the past 20 years, SCGIS and the ESRI Conservation GIS Program have encouraged our international chapters to extend their outreach beyond their formal country borders, and to embrace colleagues from neighbor regions or even from far away.

The instructors and organizers for this year's program are:

Charles Convis, Sasha Yumakaev, John Schaeffer, Leslie Backus, Carlos De Angelo, Miriam Schmidts

Canserina Kurnia, Mike Hamilton

Andina Anastasia Krey, USAID Lestari, Indonesia

Caterina Dimitriadis Pampin, Por La Pesca Artesanal, Uruguay

Cintia Gisele Tellaeche, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias – Andean Cat Alliance, Argentina

Francoise Cabada Blanco, Laboratorio de Conservación Marino-Costera, Departamento de Estudios Ambientales, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela

Iurii Strus, State Museum of Natural History, Ukraine

Jacob Kimagl, Wildlife Conservation Society, Papua New Guinea

Jean Claude Kalemba, African Wildlife Foundation, DR Congo

Jean Luc Ramahavelo, Blue Ventures, Madagascar

Maholy Ravaloharimanitra, The Aspinall Foundation, Madagascar

Marlon Prestes, Instituto de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental – SPVS, Brazil

Olga Ilina, Northern Environmental Coalition, Russia

Phien Sayon, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia

Ricardo Sandí Sagot, Organization for tropical studies, Costa Rica

Sergei Rusetski, Institute of experimental botany, Belarus

Tomomi Kudo, EnVision Conservation Office, Japan

Zouh Tem Isabella, Cameroon National REDD+, Cameroon

2016 International Scholars at Blue Oak Ranch Reserve


GIS Instructor Leslie Backus teaching "Working with ArcGIS for Environmental Analysis,"  a curriculum developed by Juniper GIS.

July 3, 2016

A new study of early human cultures at Blue Oak Ranch Reserve

The 2016 U.C. Davis Archaeological Field School is currently excavating a prehistoric Late Period (A.D. 1000-Contact) archaeological site that resides to the south of the Cedar Barn at Blue Oak Ranch Reserve.

Ethnohistorically, the Paleños of the Costanoan language group inhabited this mountainous area before they were drove out by the Spanish and baptized at Mission Santa Clara during the late 18th century. The focus of this field school is to teach students archaeological excavation methods while also to learn more about the Costanoan groups that once resided in this region. 

Graduate student Roshanne Bakhtiary and her students arrived on June 21st and will be conducting their dig until July 8th. So far the group have documented hundreds of stone tool fragments, including obsidian flakes, tiny hand carved shell beads, mortor stones, and human skeletal remains.