Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
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Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

Sierra Foothill REC Blog

Forage Production Data: A look at our year so far

SFREC’s Beef Cattle Research Assistant, Clint Tipton collects forage production samples.

This growing season the first germination at SFREC occurred on October 14, 2016, slightly earlier than the average germination date October 21. While the germination date was close to average, the germination in pounds of forage per acre for December...

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:30 AM
  • Author: Dustin Flavell
Tags: Forage Production (11), Germination (1), SFREC (53)

Research Spotlight: Foothills irrigation creates wetlands and sustains them in drought, benefitting birds

An unintentional wetland created by irrigation runoff at SFREC (left) and an intentionally created irrigated wetland on Spenceville SWA (right).

After five years, the northern Sierra Nevadas have finally been moved out of the “severe drought” category by the US Drought monitor following a promisingly rainy start to the 2017 water year. This is not only good news for our agricultural...

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:42 AM
  • Author: Nathan Van Schmidt
Tags: Birds (1), Black Rail (1), Drought (14), Irrigation (6), Wetlands (1)

Researcher Spotlight: Creating New Technology to Study the Path of Water

The synthetic DNA tracer concept.

The way rainfall is translated to runoff and streamflow in rivers depends on many complex, interconnected processes in the landscape. Rain falling onto hillslopes, meadows, or forests is either infiltrating into soils or flowing as runoff on the surface...

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 1:21 PM
  • Author: Helen Dahlke
Tags: DNA (1), Research (16), Research Spotlight (3), SFREC (53), Tracer (1), Water (5), Water Quality (1), Watersheds (2)

Students Deepen their Understanding of the Salmon Life Cycle at SFREC

Students build a fake redd to hold their eggs. To make sure their eggs would be able to safely hatch they thought about how to build a redd that would protect their eggs.

In mid November, SFREC partnered with Grass Valley Charter School and Twin Ridges Home Study by bringing students to the center to catch a glimpse of salmon spawning in the Lower Yuba River. The opportunity to observe salmon spawn is a way for...

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11:10 AM
Tags: education (28), Field Day (1), Nature Trail (2), Salmon (1), SFREC (53), Spawn (1), Yuba River (7)

Teachers go back to School to buff up on Science

Teachers practice one of Project WET's lessons. This kind of hands-on experience makes them more likely to use a lesson in their own classroom.

Last month, teachers and educators from around Northern California came together for a weekend to learn about best practices for science education with a Forestry Institute for Teachers+ (FIT+) workshop. FIT+ is a new professional development program...

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM
Tags: Education (28), FIT+ (1), Outdoor Recreation (5), Outreach (29), Project WET (2), SFREC (53), Teacher training (2), UCANR (40)

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