33rd Annual Field Ecology Weekend

Malibu Creek State Park field with flowers.  Photo by Steve Winston

Malibu Creek State Park field with flowers. Photo by Steve Winston

On April 9-10, the Topanga Canyon Docents hosted the 33rd annual Field Ecology Weekend. The event had a surprise guest: rain! Welcoming the rain, the participants abandoned the idea of camping and moved indoors with only a slight schedule change thanks to quick thinking by FEW coordinator, Wakako Rollinger and assistance from TCD President, Lucinda Mittleman.

 

2016 FEW Presenters

Mary Contini Gordon, Ph.D., author of “Native Culture and Conservation—The Collaborative Leadership of Charlie Cooke”

Dennis Garcia, Chumash Elder

Jan Timbrook, Ph.D., Curator of Ethnography, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and author of “Chumash Indian Plant Knowledge”

Tori Kuykendall, NPS Ranger (Mountian Lion Research)

Crystal Anderson, Vegetation Project Manager, Mountains Restoration Trust, (California Phenology Project)

Mary and Nick Freeman, LA Audubon (Southern California Owls) Scott Logan, Wild Wings Backyard Nature Store (Bird Walk)

Jim Hogue, Ph.D, (Insect Life in Aquatic Environments) Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks (Our Wild Neighbors)

Peter Rice, Topanga Canyon Docent and culture of the chaparral specialist (Interpreting the Chaparral)

Dean Arnold, Malibu Creek Docent (Welcome to Malibu Creek)

Doug Allan, Botanist and Topanga Canyon Docent (The Secret Life of Flowers)

 

FEW 2016 could not have been possible without the generosity of California State Parks and the staff at Malibu Creek State Park, who we for the use of the conference room at the last minute. We also thank Dean Arnold of the Malibu Creek Docents for the guided walk in Malibu Creek State Park.

Save the Date for our annual Field Ecology Weekend April 29-30, 2017!

Malibu Creek State Park, Hills with Clouds.  Photo by Steve Winston

Malibu Creek State Park, Hills with Clouds. Photo by Steve Winston

Dennis Garcia demonstrating a Chumash blessing.  Photo by Roy Jansen

Dennis Garcia demonstrating a Chumash blessing. Photo by Roy Jansen

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks.  Photo by Steve Winston

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks. Photo by Steve Winston

Nature of Wildworks, Kestrel.  Photo by Steve Winston

Nature of Wildworks, Kestrel. Photo by Steve Winston

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Great Horned Owl.  Photo by Steve Winston

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Great Horned Owl. Photo by Steve Winston

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Barn Owl.  Photo by Steve Winston

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Barn Owl. Photo by Steve Winston

Nature of Wildworks, Barn Owl.  Photo by Steve Winston

Nature of Wildworks, Barn Owl. Photo by Steve Winston

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Kestrel.  Photo by Read Howarth

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Kestrel. Photo by Read Howarth

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Gopher Snake.  Photo by Read Howarth

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Gopher Snake. Photo by Read Howarth

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Opossum.  Photo by Steve Winston

Mollie Hogan, Nature of Wildworks, Opossum. Photo by Steve Winston

Nature of Wildworks, Prairie Dog.  Photo by Steve Winston

Nature of Wildworks, Prairie Dog. Photo by Steve Winston

Dean Arnold, Malibu Creek Docent, leading a hike in Malibu Creek State Park.  Photo by Lucinda Mittleman

Dean Arnold, Malibu Creek Docent, leading a hike in Malibu Creek State Park. Photo by Read Howarth

Dean Arnold, Malibu Creek State Park Docent, leads a hike for Field Ecology Weekend.  Photo by Lucinda Mittleman

Dean Arnold, Malibu Creek State Park Docent, leads a hike for Field Ecology Weekend. Photo by Read Howarth

Dean Arnold, Malibu Creek Docent, leading a hike in Malibu Creek State Park, Mule Deer.  Photo by Read Howarth

Dean Arnold, Malibu Creek Docent, leading a hike in Malibu Creek State Park, Mule Deer. Photo by Read Howarth

NPS Mountain Lion Research, Tori Kuykendall.  Photo by Wakako Rollinger

NPS Mountain Lion Research, Tori Kuykendall. Photo by Wakako Rollinger

NPS Mountain Lion Research, Tori Kuykendall.  Photo by Wakako Rollinger

NPS Mountain Lion Research, Tori Kuykendall. Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Topanga Canyon Docents Julie Watson and Peter Rice.  Photo by Lucinda Mittleman.

Topanga Canyon Docents Julie Watson and Peter Rice. Photo by Lucinda Mittleman.

Peter Rice, Interpreting the Chaparral.  Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Peter Rice, Interpreting the Chaparral. Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Peter Rice, Interpreting the Chaparral.  Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Peter Rice, Interpreting the Chaparral. Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Peter Rice, Interpreting the Chaparral.  Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Peter Rice, Interpreting the Chaparral. Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Chumash Indian Plant Knowledge by Jan Timbrook.  Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Chumash Indian Plant Knowledge by Jan Timbrook. Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers.  Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers. Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers.  Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers. Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers, flowers poster.  Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers, flowers poster. Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers.  Topanga Canyon Docent Read Howarth using a hand lens.  Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers. Topanga Canyon Docent Read Howarth using a hand lens. Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers.  Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers. Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers.  Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers. Photo by Wakako Rollinger

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers, seeds of a flower.  Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers, seeds of a flower. Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers, flower examples.  Photo by Julie Watson

Doug Allan, The Secret Life of Flowers, flower examples. Photo by Julie Watson

Spotted Towhee, Bird Walk by Scott Logan.  Photo by Read Howarth

Spotted Towhee, Bird Walk by Scott Logan. Photo by Read Howarth