UCSC KRAW LECTURE: WHAT SEALS CAN TEACH US ABOUT RISK AND REWARD IN THE OPEN OCEAN, JAN 19, 5:30PM

Marine mammals undertake some of the most extraordinary migrations on the planet to eat and avoid being eaten. They make behavioral decisions based on the ecology of their prey and predators, all while keeping within the confines of their physiological limits. By attaching electronic instruments to seals, Assistant Professor Roxanne Beltran explores predator-prey interactions in the open ocean, and their implications for ocean health. Register HERE for the virtual event.

SC MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: FAMILY FUN WITH HONEY BEES, JAN 22, 10 – 11 AM

Connect with the fascinating world of honey bees during this family friendly event outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We’ll explore a hive, learn how honey bees live, and come to understand the importance of pollinators before making take home crafts out of beeswax! This program will be led by Emily Bondor of Santa Cruz Bee Company. Emily mentors new beekeepers, provides full-service hive management services, and manages her own hives throughout Santa Cruz county. She sells honey and hive products locally. Emily has been teaching beekeeping courses through Cabrillo College since 2016 and has been helping run the Santa Cruz Beekeepers Guild since 2017. We will meet in the amphitheater behind the Museum. Please wear a mask!” Register HERE.

SAVE OUR SHORES: SAN LORENZO RIVER CLEANUP, JAN 29, 10 AM – NOON

“Join Save Our Shores for a cleanup along the San Lorenzo River! There will be limited roadside parking available, so please plan accordingly. Due to public health and safety concerns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are limiting participation in our cleanup events. Every participant must complete THREE waivers, including the volunteer waiver, a Covid-19 waiver and a City of Santa Cruz waiver.  Please print, fill out and bring these with you. Meet us in the Mimi de Marta Park parking lot – on the east side of river off Broadway. Registration is required HERE.”

SC MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: LAURA HECOX DAY, JAN 29, 10 AM – 2 PM

“Laura Hecox was keeper of the original Santa Cruz lighthouse from 1883 to 1916, as well as a naturalist who shared her profound love of the environment and marine life with the world through her curated exhibits. Before passing away in 1916, Hecox donated her collections to the City of Santa Cruz, where they became the foundation of Santa Cruz’s first public museum. Take a trip to the 19th Century during this free and festive celebration in honor of the founder of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Laura Hecox! Tour historical collections, create Victorian-era inspired crafts, play games, and more!” Tyrrell Park, 1305 E. Cliff Dr. More INFO.

BIKE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: HELLO 2022 COMMUNITY RIDE! JAN 29, 1 PM

“Please join us on January 29 for a community ride – we would love to connect with you! ! We will start in the parking lot of East Cliff Village Shopping Center (21511East Cliff Drive) @ 1PM. We will ride through our community ending at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (402 Ingalls Street #27) around 3:30 PM. Hang out, get some free schwag, talk to friends, drink a beer, and share your reflections and thoughts with us. We can’t wait to see YOU! For more information or RSVP, send an email to director@bikesantacruzcounty.org

KENNETH NORRIS CENTER FOR NATURAL HISTORY, UCSC: ENVISIONING THE CONVERGENCE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS, JAN 31, 5:30 – 7 PM

“Author and wildlife biologist Dr. J. Drew Lanham will speak to the UC Santa Cruz natural history community about the convergence of the environmental and social justice movements. In many ways, we at UC Santa Cruz are a developing example of the convergence of what these two movements look like at the university level. For example, we have two of our themed residential colleges named after luminaries in both movements: Rachel Carson College and our recently named John Lewis College. With this background in mind, we have asked Dr. Lanham to speak to us about this and other related ideas in his recent essay “A Convergent Imagining”. Register HERE for this free virtual event.”

AMAH MUTSUN LAND TRUST: TENDING TO THE AMAH MUTSUN GARDEN AT THE PIE RANCH, FEB 19, 1 – 4 PM

“Volunteers have been an essential part of our repair and regeneration efforts after the CZU August Lightning Complex fire burned through Pie Ranch. Designed by tribal member, Matthew Lopez, the Native Garden is shaped like a pie with pathways representing the four directions. Each “pie slice” represents different ethnobotanical native plants featuring grassland foods, fibers and basketry plants, nuts and berries, and personal care. Volunteers help with planting, weeding, harvests, culling and mulching. There is also maintenance work to be done. Volunteer work days at  Pie Ranch are on the third Saturday of each month. Pie Ranch, 2080 Hwy 1, Pescadero.” To RSVP go HERE  or email: aarganbright@amahmutsun.org

SANTA CRUZ PERMACULTURE: WORK THAT RECONNECTS, APRIL 9 & 10

Join Santa Cruz Permaculture this April for a transformational group process that builds motivation, connection, solidarity and vision, renewing the courage to act for the healing of our world. Through a series of creative and experiential exercises, The Work that Reconnects opens space for radical truth-speaking and personal and collective empowerment. Info and registration HERE.