Researchers: Erin Toffelmeier; Richard Hedley; Mario Colon; Robert Cooper; Joseph Curti; Thomas Huggins; Sarah Ratay; Sidhaant Shah; Sarah Wenner
Summary: Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains of southern California, the UC Natural Reserve System’s UCLA Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve is uniquely positioned for the study of one of the world’ most diverse ecosystems. Because of its close proximity to urban and suburban Los Angeles, Stunt Ranch represents a unique opportunity to provide outreach and educational activities to the general public. In order to capitalize upon this intersection of biodiversity and accessibility, the UCLA Bruin Naturalist Club proposes a series of public outreach BioBlitzes to be conducted seasonally on Stunt Ranch Reserve over the course of the next year. The goals of this BioBlitz program are twofold: 1) to bring individuals with limited access to or knowledge of the outdoors into an educational environment suitable for teaching about biodiversity in general and the Santa Monica Mountains specifically and 2) to provide a comprehensive species list to Stunt Ranch for future research and outreach activities.