Where the Wildlife Roam on Jan 26, 2017
November 30, 2016
Since the release of Critical Linkages as part of the Conservation Lands Network in 2013, many efforts around the Bay Area have been launched to protect, steward, and facilitate wildlife corridors. These corridors – also called linkages – provide safe routes for the region’s fauna to access habitat. The corridors are critical if we are to protect biodiversity and maintain the wild aspects of this Biodiversity Hotspot we call home.
On January 26, 2017 the Bay Area Open Space Council will create a dynamic regional forum to discuss what is happening today on wildlife corridors. We will go beyond the cool maps and wildlife cam photographs to understand the nuts, bolts, and culverts that make wildlife corridors functional and safe for animals. This Gathering will be interactive in that you will learn, experience, and connect with 150+ colleagues from around the region. This is the wildlife corridors event you don’t want to miss.
The Gathering will begin at 9:30am with coffee in the lobby of the Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. At 10am we will move into the Brower Center’s Goldman Theater to hear from leaders in the field on four key topics. The speakers will be:
- (Invited) State Assemblyperson Marc Levine about what’s happening at the state level to fund and support the work of protecting wildlife corridors
- Amy Golden, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Caltrans, about the challenges and opportunities this large state agency faces in facilitating road crossings
- (Invited) Dr. Sarah Reed, conservation scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and lead researcher at the Applied Conservation Science Lab, about how human activity affects wildlife and how to balance public access with wildlife conservation
- Tom Robinson, Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation at the Open Space Council, about why wildlife corridors are important and the language we use within the conservation community and with a broader audience
Following their presentations, we will all move to the Gallery of the Brower Center where there will be an exhibition of projects throughout the Bay Area. Just like the wildlife we are supporting, we will roam and interact with the innovative solutions to wildlife corridors. The projects confirmed to participate include:
- Mayacamas to Berryessa
- Sonoma Valley
- Mt Tamalpais
- Highway 17
- Coyote Valley
- Pathways for Wildlife
The Gathering will be held January 26, 2017 from 9:30am – 1:00pm in the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Lunch will be served from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. We’ll be tweeting with #OSCwildlife.