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Language of the Land: Vernal Pools of the Santa Rosa Plain
Vernal pools are a type of temporary wetlands that are surrounded by grasslands and host many unique and endangered species of plants and animals. Join us on May 25 for a presentation by Kandis Gilmore, entomologist, and Victoria Brunal, amphibian specialist. We’ll learn about vernal pools on the Santa Rosa Plain and the unique plants, insects, and amphibians that call them home.

Lenguaje de la tierra: Las pozas vernales de la llanura de Santa Rosa

Las pozas vernales son un tipo de humedales temporales que están rodeadas de praderas y albergan muchas especies de plantas y animales únicas y en peligro de extinción. Acompáñanos el 25 de mayo en una presentación de Kandis Gilmore, entomóloga, y Victoria Brunal, especialista en anfibios. Aprenderemos sobre las pozas vernales de la llanura de Santa Rosa y las plantas, insectos y anfibios únicos que allí tienen su hogar.

May 25, 2022 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Kandis Gilmore
Kandis Gilmore, M.S., studied flower-visiting insects that frequent the endangered vernal pool plants Sonoma Sunshine, Sebastopol Meadowfoam, and Burke's Goldfields for her master's thesis. She currently works as a lab technician at Sonoma State University and volunteers in the community doing outreach on topics such as habitat gardening, native plants as hosts for insects, and outdoor education. She is past president of the Pacific Coast Entomological Society and serves as the secretary on the board of directors for a local environmental non-profit, Conservation Works.
Victoria Brunal
Victoria Brunal, M.S. candidate at Sonoma State University, is studying the movement patterns of California tiger salamanders during their annual breeding migration on the Santa Rosa Plain. She has been the lead researcher at a local CA tiger salamander preserve in Santa Rosa for the last two years, and a participant there for the last four years. While working on her research she also works for Swaim Biological Inc., a small woman-owned environmental consulting company based in the San Francisco bay area. She is the current graduate assistant for Sonoma State University’s naturalist program at Fairfield Osborn Preserve, and the assistant curator at SSU’s vertebrate museum. She has a wide array of experience working with CA native herpetofauna using various trapping techniques, visual surveys, telemetry, and pool sampling.