Eel River Recovery Project Findings Featured in News

Findings from the Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) were recently featured on the front page of the Mendocino County Observer. The ERRP have performed yearly surveys of non-native Sacramento pikeminnow populations in the South Fork Eel River from 2016-present. Working with UC Berkeley students Phil Georgakakos, Wes Slaughter, Taylor Schobel and Sage Kurnie along with Dr. Brett Harvey of the US Forest Service Redwood Science Lab, the 2018 survey found that the 2013-2015 drought has led to an uptick in large adult pikeminnow, and management of these populations is recommended in order to protect native salmon, steelhead, and others. The full article can be viewed here: 7-12-18 Observer Please also visit the ERRP website,, to see photos and videos of the 2018 survey and learn how you can donate to the cause.

2019 Carol Baird Graduate Award for Field Research- funding opportunity

The Berkeley Natural History Field Stations invite applications for the  “The Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research.”  Awards will be granted to graduate students to support high quality research that is carried out primarily in the field, based in or around Berkeley’s Natural History Field Stations:

Angelo Coast Range Reserve

Blue Oak Ranch Reserve

Hastings Natural History Reservation

Point Reyes Field Station

Sagehen Creek Field Station

The second competition will support field research beginning in 2019.  Proposals of up to 5 pages (total), describing the project, its importance, and proposed methods and logistics, must be submitted electronically to by September 30, 2018 with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line.  

Awards of up to $22,000 will be made on the basis of merit.  Funding may be requested for a single field season or multiple field seasons, and for work at or around a single or several reserves.  Support allocations (amount per student, potential for renewal) are flexible, as long as the research is field-based, is of excellent quality, and is substantially improved by this support.  

Further guidelines for proposal preparation can be found at