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History and Nature Classes

 

Big Cats! Mountain Lions and Other Wild Cats in Western North America

 

Mountain lions continue to capture the attention of the California public. Due to recent sightings of these big cats in residential vicinities and instances of attacks on domestic livestock and pets, we find ourselves more curious about and connected to them. The last of the large predatory mammals in our region, mountain lions out-survived the grizzly bear and grey wolf. Their elusive behavior and finely-honed hunting skills contribute to their survival.

This one-day workshop presents an overview of the lion, but also the other feline species present in the Western portion of North America as significant factors in the ecology of our Western fauna. Bruce will discuss Bobcat, Lynx, Jaguar, Ocelot, as well as some now-extinct relatives that inhabited California and other portions of Western North America in earlier times.

Sat., Sept. 24 CLASS CANCELLED
1 - 4 pm
Room: 405

Register by Sept. 12: $28
Register after Sept. 12: $32

Bruce Elliott - see bio below

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The Aztec Civilization of Old Mexico

 

Nowhere near Santa Cruz county can one find a greater spectrum of wildlife species than in the Grasslands District of the Western San Joaquin Valley. A chain of Federal and State Wildlife refuges hosts a great assemblage of waterfowl, waders, birds of prey and a sizable population of sandhill cranes. During the day we should find a minimum of 50 bird species and among the highlights would be the preliminary courtship dancing of huge Sandhill Cranes and the good possibility of observing owls in streamside thickets. Some of the flocks of snow and cackling geese number in the thousands. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy views of tule elk, the largest of the mature deer in California, while we review the process of elk herd reintroduction and the management challenges presented by these large, powerful herd animals.

Sat., Nov. 5
1 - 4 pm
Room: 454

Register by Sept. 12: $28
Register after Sept. 12: $32


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Bruce Elliott - see bio below

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Winter Wildlife of the Central Valley

 

Nowhere near Santa Cruz county can one find a greater spectrum of wildlife species than in the Grasslands District of the Western San Joaquin Valley. A chain of Federal and State Wildlife refuges hosts a great assemblage of waterfowl, waders, birds of prey and a sizable population of sandhill cranes. During the day we should find a minimum of 50 bird species and among the highlights would be the preliminary courtship dancing of huge Sandhill Cranes and the good possibility of observing owls in streamside thickets. Some of the flocks of snow and cackling geese number in the thousands. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy views of tule elk, the largest of the mature deer in California, while we review the process of elk herd reintroduction and the management challenges presented by these large, powerful herd animals.

Bring a bag lunch, beverage and binoculars.

Students will receive a detailed map and informational letter from the instructor upon registration.

Sat., Dec. 3
9 am - 4 pm
Offsite in Los Banos
Register by Sept. 12: $64
Register after Sept. 12: $72


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Bruce Elliott is a retired senior Biologist Supervisor for the California Dept. of Fish and Game. Bruce has conducted dozens of natural history themed presentations at Cabrillo College over the last 30 years.

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Backyard Astronomer

 

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Learn how to identify the stars and constellations seen in our local skies in this fun hands-on workshop. Using the Cabrillo planetarium and observatory you will see the wonders of the universe and learn about astronomy history, methods, equipment, and recent discoveries. Get a sense of distances to planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about Black holes, dark matter and the expanding universe.

Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. In case of rain or fog, class will assemble in the planetarium.

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 to adult.

2 Fri., Nov. 11 & 18
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Sept. 12: $58
Register after Sept. 12: $65

 

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Karl von Ahnen has been an amateur astronomer and telescope user since age 12. He served as lab instructor-assistant in the Cabrillo Astronomy Department for many years, and is the Director of the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College, one of the largest school planetariums in the country.

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Bee-Friendly Garden - How to Create a Bee Sanctuary in Your Backyard

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Would you like to create a beautiful garden and also do your part to save the bees, all in one? A huge part of keeping honey bees healthy is to ensure they have the plants they need to survive available to them year round. Join Emily for this one-day workshop on bee-friendly gardening by starting the day at Cabrillo for a discussion and presentation on native plants, drought tolerant plants, perennial and annual flowering plants and basic bee-friendly landscape design. We’ll then break for lunch and make our way to Native Revival Nursery, just a few minutes from campus, where we will walk the grounds to see, smell and touch some recommended plants for your very own Bee Friendly Garden. This class helps us all save the bees and make our gardens more beautiful at the same time!

Students go home with a small bee-friendly garden starter kit from Native Revival Nursery, a plant list that breaks down the best bee plants by size, annual blooming schedule, place of origin and water needs.

Sat., Sept. 17
10 am - 2 pm
Room: 1605

Register by Sept. 12: $58
Register after Sept. 12: $65

plus $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor - see bio below

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Beekeeper Hive and Parasite Management

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If you have an existing knowledge of beekeeping, and have a working hive, this class is perfect for you! Join Emily for this intermediate, 1-day class where she discusses keeping bees locally, starting new hives (package versus nucleus hive) and some of the different options for foundation. The class covers IPM approaches, options for tacking parasitic Varroa mites, and seasonal hive management techniques.

This class is open to students who have active beehives and a strong base knowledge of honeybees.

Please bring a lunch for the half hour lunch break.

New Date and time: 1 Sat., Oct. 1
10 am - 2:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001

Register by Sept. 12: $68
Register after Sept. 12: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

Emily Bondor - see bio below

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Beekeeping Basics and Honeybee Biology

 

Whether you are interested in learning sustainable backyard beekeeping practices or just want a better understanding of how these delicate, intricate creatures benefit us and our planet, you will leave this class a-buzz with new energy!

This course covers hive structure, colony dynamics and delve into basic honeybee biology. We will discuss the history of beekeeping, from honey production to pollination contracts, and discuss current trends (and rifts) in colony management practices. Weather permitting, there will be a field trip to Emily's Apiary in Santa Cruz for a real-life "hive dive".

By the end of the course, students who are interested in obtaining their own hive will have a good working understanding of equipment, tools, management practices, bee biology, and how we can work together to support these very vital pollinators.

This class is appropriate for adults with little to no experience in keeping bees.

4 Sat., Oct. 15 - Nov. 5
10:00 - 11:30 am
Room: 1605

Register by Sept. 12: $68
Register after Sept. 12: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor is a bay area Beekeeper and Educator. Her expertise is in promoting responsible honeybee genetics and breeding queens from locally adapted genetic stock. She works in Napa Valley managing bee-hives and is currently pursuing Master Beekeeping Classes through the Honeybee Lab at UC Davis.

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Sea Otters: History, Habitat and Species Conservation

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Join Kim for an eye-opening photographic journey through sea otter history and habitat that reveals as much about humans as it does about the behaviors and antics of these fascinating creatures. Kim’s vibrant photographs combined with his dedicated research make for an informative and enlightening visual experience. Discover how human threats to sea otters have evolved over time, and what we can do at this critical point to improve the chances this threatened species will recover to sustainable numbers. The story will help us understand how our efforts to manage the ocean can sometimes have unintended consequences.

Sat., Oct. 29
10 am - 12 noon
Room: 2502
Register by Sept. 12: $25
Register after Sept. 12: $28


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Kim Steinhardt, JD, is a former Administrative Law Judge who photographs and studies sea otters, presents popular illustrated talks, and regularly writes a column called The Sea Otter File, dealing with all things otter.  He also teaches law classes on legislative advocacy in the public interest, and leads natural and cultural history walks along the coast of Monterey Bay with a focus on ocean conservation issues and sea otters.

 

 

 

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