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2016 Earth Day Events at the Bernard Field Station!

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On April 23, 2016, the BFS hosted a variety of tours for the Claremont Community in celebration of Earth Day 2016. (Click here or on the image at the right to download a PDF poster.)

A list and description of the different tour options is below. Numbers for each tour are limited to make sure that participants are provided a wonderful experience, and pre-registration is required for all tours – just use the links below to access the appropriate registration form. We do expect the tours to fill quickly, so please make your reservation soon!

Once registered, it is critical that all participants arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes early. Everyone will need to sign a waiver of liability. Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Please prepare yourself for the conditions. Everyone should wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat. Sunscreen and water are also recommended and critical if it is hot. Specific equipment for each tour is listed under the description.

List of Tours:

  1. Bird Watching Tour – 7:00 to 9:00 AM:
    Prof. Catherine McFadden from Harvey Mudd College will be leading a bird-watching tour. For a list of birds that you may see while at the BFS refer to the BFS list of bird species. Records of birds observed during the monthly surveys at the BFS can also be explored on eBird. People of all ages are welcome, but everyone must be in good enough shape to hike for ~ 2 hours.
    • Please bring your own binoculars. We do have a few for people who don’t have any, but please indicate on your registration form if you require binoculars.
    • Water, closed toed shoes, and sun protection required.
    • Click HERE to register for the Bird-Watching Tour
  2. General Tour of the BFS – 8:00 to 9:30 AM:
    Wallace Meyer, Director of the Bernard Field Station (BFS) will lead a short tour of the BFS. The tour will focus on the different habitat types at the BFS and highlight research efforts. People of all ages are welcome, but everyone must be in good enough shape to hike for ~ 1 hour.
    • Water, closed-toed shoes, and sun protection required.
    • Click HERE to register for the General Tour of the BFS
  3. Wildflower Tour – 9:00 to 11:00 AM:
    Botanist Dr. Susan Schenk will be leading a wildflower tour. Botanist Dr. Susan Schenk will lead a tour for viewing spring wildflowers. People of all ages are welcome, but everyone must be in good enough shape to hike for ~ 2 hours.
    • Water, closed-toed shoes, and sun protection required.
    • Click HERE to register for the Wildflower Tour
  4. Family Science Tour – 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon:
    This tour will lead groups to a variety of stations:
    1. Lizard Diversity & Ecology, where Prof. Steve Adolph from Harvey Mudd College will introduce you to various lizard species found at the BFS.
    2. Bird Ecology, where a Pomona College senior will teach people to identify local bird species and discuss aspects of their ecology.
    3. Plant Ecology, where Pomona College senior, Vian Zada will introduce participants toem some native plants and wildflowers and discuss their ecology.
    4. Mammal Diversity and Ecology, where Prof. Paul Stapp from Cal State Fullerton, will be introducing participants to mammals found at the Bernard Field Station.
    People of all ages are welcome, but the focus of this event is for students interested in science. Everyone must be in good enough shape to hike for ~ 2 hours.
    • Water, closed-toed shoes, and sun protection required.
    • Click HERE to register for the Family Science Tour
  5. Night Tour for Families – 7:30 to 9:00 PM:
    This tour will lead groups to a variety of stations in the evening:
    1. Night Sky, where participants, led by professor Prof. Naftilan from Keck Science, will examine aspects of the night sky using the Keck Science telescope
    2. Insects of the Night, where Prof. Jonathan Wright from Pomona College will teach participants about various insects active at night
    People of all ages are welcome, but the focus of this event is for students interested in science. Everyone must be in good enough shape to hike for ~ 1.5 hours.
    • Please bring a flashlight with you.
    • Water and closed-toed shoes required.
    • Click HERE to register for the Night Family Tour

If you have any questions, please contact the BFS Director, Wallace Meyer, at wallace.meyer@pomona.edu.


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