May 8, 2016
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!