Green Friday programs continue through fall as chapter seeks volunteer program coordinator


By Elizabeth Dodge

The Green Friday speaker series streams directly into your home via Zoom! Join us virtually the second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. for presentations on some of the most interesting and important environmental issues of our time. Learn more and register (for free) via the calendar listings on our activities and events calendar or by using the links below, and we will send you instructions to register via Zoom. Catch up on past Green Friday programs on our YouTube channel.

September 10 – Tales and Trails of the California Mountains

Prepare to be inspired by outdoor writer Matt Johanson’s presentation of “Tales and Trails of California’s Mountains,” a motivational tour of the adventures of Golden State. Matt will share the photography, history and personal experiences of his guides, especially his latest book, California Summits. Expect plenty of beginner-friendly excursion suggestions and tips to enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors, especially rock climbing.

Matt Johanson writes about the outdoors for many Californian newspapers and magazines. Matt’s outdoor books include Yosemite Epics, Yosemite Adventures, and Sierra Summits. His latest work, California Summits, guides climbers of all skill levels to the top of 50 achievable mountains throughout the Golden State.

October 8 – Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore

Julie Phillips will share her expertise in nature-based education with a focus on the rare moose, found only in California and at the center of a controversial plan to bring them down in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Julie is studying the current locations of tulated elk (and compares these locations to home range data established 30 years ago) to better understand the natural history of tulated elk and the impacts of land use patterns and human disturbance. on the long-range recovery of the historic tulated elk interval.

Julie Phillips holds a master’s degree in biological sciences from San Jose State University with a specialization in wildlife management. She spent seven years studying habitat use and acclimatization of reintroduced tule elk in areas across California, including the Mount Hamilton area of ​​the Diablo Range, the Gabilan Range, the Temblor Range and in the Carrizo plains. Julie published A Citizen’s Guide to Tule Elk in 2013.

November 12 – How human impacts amplify tree diseases in California

Matteo Garbelotto will discuss how the intersection of climate change, human pressure and emerging diseases is a major threat to trees in California. His presentation will explore four types of tree pathogens: invasive alien pathogens recently introduced to California from other parts of the world; long-standing invasive exotic and non-exotic pathogens in California that have recently moved into forests from agricultural or horticultural settings; indigenous pathogens whose impact has increased exponentially due to modern forest management practices; and latent pathogens that are triggered to become aggressive and deadly pathogens by climate change. Together, these four types of pathogens are able to reshape the distribution, composition and structure of California’s forests in a single human generation.

Matteo Garbelotto is a cooperative extension specialist and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and director of the forest pathology and mycology laboratory.

Section looking for a new volunteer coordinator for the Green Friday program!

Are you interested in getting more involved in chapter activities? You can help organize our educational lecture series, Green Fridays, which takes place on the second Friday of each month! The position requires approximately three hours of work per month find speakers, coordinate with chapter staff and set up meetings (on Zoom for now), as well as attend the monthly two-hour presentations.

If you would like to help provide interesting and informative speakers for our members, please contact Joanne Drabek at [email protected] We would like to warmly thank Elizabeth Dodge for all of her hard work as a Program Coordinator over the past few years! If you have any questions about the position, you can contact her at [email protected]

Photo credit: Elk Tule Mother and Calf at Point Reyes by AdititheStargazer via Flickr Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).


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