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Earth Day Events at the Bernard Field Station!

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The BFS 2017 Earth Day events have concluded. Please check back later to see BFS Earth Day events for 2018.

For your information, a list and description of the 2017 tour options is below. We do expect that tours will fill up quickly, so please reserve your spot as soon as you can. Numbers for each tour are limited to make sure that participants are provided a wonderful experience. Just use the links below each tour to access the appropriate registration form.

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. We recommend that everyone 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 – 8:00 to 10:00 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. Native Plant Tour – 9:00 to 11:00 AM:
    Professor Susan Schenk from Keck Science will be leading a native plant tour. The heavy rains have provided unique opportunities for viewing native shrubs in their glory and many 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 Native Plant Tour
  3. Family Science Tour – 3:00 to 5:00 PM:
    This tour will lead groups to a variety of stations:
    1. Robotics for Bio-monitoring, where professor Chris Clark from Harvey Mudd College will describe the equipment and let people operate robots that are used to monitor biota in aquatic systems.
    2. Bird Ecology, where Professor Elise Feree from Keck Science will teach people to identify local bird species and focus on aspects hummingbird ecology.
    3. Invertebrates, where BFS Director Wallace Meyer will introduce you to some of the invertebrates at the field station.
    People of all ages are welcome, but the focus of this event is for K-12 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
  4. Night Tour for Families – 7:45 to 9:00 PM:
    This tour will lead groups to two 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. Bat Surveys and Night-time Mammals, Professor Paul Stapp from Cal State Fullerton will teach participants how to survey for and identify different bat and other nocturnal mammal species.
    People of all ages are welcome, but the focus of this event is for K-12 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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