Angelo Reserve Participates in Berkeley’s Big Give

Berkeley Donations 2016As part of the University of California, Berkeley, Angelo Reserve is participating in the Big Give.  We are encouraging you to make a donate (tiny, small, medium, yuge) – of any size to help contribute to continuing world class research in our natural areas.  

What is it?
Big Give is an online fundraising event taking place during Big Game week, giving you and the entire Cal community — alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends — the chance to come together to support your favorite schools and programs, and help those schools and programs win prize money. This is our third annual Big Give event.

When is it?
9 p.m. PST on Wednesday, November 16 to 9 p.m. PST on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Hauling batteries and hanging from trees: Angelo gets a wireless upgrade

Out with the old, in with the new.  Reserve Steward, Peter, CZO members, Collin and

Wireless relay in a redwood on top of a ridge.

Wireless relay in a redwood on top of a ridge.

Chris, have been working with our locally owned service provider, 101Netlink, to replace the aging network infrastructure.  Our equipment of choice is telecom-grade Ubiquiti wireless radios (UBNT Rocket M2, NanoBeam M2, and NanoStation M2).

The reserve’s rugged topography and tall trees make it extremely challenging to get internet connectivity.  With over 700 realtime sensors deployed, this is a critical component to the research infrastructure.

We use trees as towers and power our equipment with solar systems.   This can provide challenges, such as lugging two 70lbs deep cycle solar batteries up a mountainside.  It also is a great excuse to climb a redwood!

 

 

National Academy of Sciences Report on Field Stations

Last July, the National Academy of Sciences released this report on Field Stations:

Schubel, J. R., Conrad, C. C., Debinski, D., Kareiva, P. M., Matsumoto, G. I., McKnight, D. M., Parmeson, C., Plowes, R., Power, A.G., Power, M.E., Stromberg, M.R.  (2014). Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century. Report of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, pp. 1–84.

This entire report can be downloaded at http://dels.nas.edu/Report/Enhancing-Value-Sustainability/18806.  It describes the critical importance of field stations in the 21st century, but also charges those who use and care for them with being more entrepreneurial in order to sustain them through an era of declining federal grant support for science in the United States.

Here, you can also view a film that features four different Angelo sequences:

http://dels.nas.edu/Materials/Videos/Field-Stations?bname=

Field Station book