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Lots of useful BFS bird data are available on eBird, a public repository of bird records sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. The BFS has been designated as an eBird “Hotspot”, and you can go directly to the Bernard Field Station Hotspot page, which shows the full list of […]

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Updates to the BFS Bird List

We’ve recently made some substatial updates to the online BFS Bird List. Here they are (with a sampling of photos of BFS bird life: Two new species have been added added to the list: Brewer’s Sparrow White-faced Ibis The taxonomy has been updated to current usage according to the latest AOU Checklist of North and […]

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The Bee Lab drone checks out the burn!

The day after the 2017 Foothill Fire, a small group was allowed into the field station to assess damage. Among the group were members of Prof. Matina Donaldson-Matasci‘s Bee Lab at Harvey Mudd Collge, whose bee hives narrowly escaped the fire thanks to the work of the firefighters. The Bee Lab group included HMC student […]

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Fire at the BFS!

Late in the afternoon of May 18, a fire started inside the BFS fence along College Avenue. Although the fire was thought to have been quickly extinguished, the wind came up and blew embers east so that the fire quickly spread to pHake Lake and along the south shore of the lake. The fire eventually […]

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Scenes from Earth Day 2017

Here are some scenes from this year’s Bernard Field Station Earth Day Celebration for the Claremont Community: One of the most popular events was the Family Science tour. At the Invertebrate Station, BFS Director Marty Meyer introduced families to some of the invertebrates at the field station, including millipedes, centipedes, beetles, and snails. Families got […]

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BFS Celebrates Earth Day 2017 on April 15

On April 15, 2017, the BFS is hosting a variety of tours for the Claremont Community in celebration of Earth Day 2017, and we hope you can join us! (Click here or on the image at the right to download a PDF poster.) A list and description of the different tour options is below. We […]

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Volunteer workdays for Spring 2017 will resume Saturday, February 4. We had originally planned to start January 21, but a number of faculty, staff, and volunteers requested the day off to attend the Women’s March. You can check out the volunteer schedule here.

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Last volunteer workday for the fall

For the last workday of the fall semester, volunteers removed a number of invasive woody plants, including: Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) This South American native was introduced to California about 100 years as a landscape plant. It produces the poisonous alkaloid anabasine and is very toxic to both humans and wildlife. Tree Tobacco is drought […]

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Planting and clearing

On this Thanksgiving, we at the BFS give thanks for all our wonderful volunteers! The BFS is so much better because of your efforts! For November, the BFS volunteers were planting and clearing…. November 5 – Planting: Back last January, Antonio Sanchez, the Nursery Production Manager, at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), helped […]

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Volunteer workdays continued on October 1, when a terrific crew of stalwart volunteers cleared cattails, bulrushes, and reeds from the northeast corner of pHake Lake. The little island there is a prime spot for viewing waterfowl and other wildlife at the lake, but the view had been completely blocked by the cattails and bulrushes. The […]

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