QUAIL RIDGE NEWSLETTERS 2008 - 2015
This is the 25th time that we have greeted you toward year's end via our annual QR Monitor. So much has taken place during this quarter-century of reporting: deadlines to meet in acquiring properies; money to raise to fund these acquisitions; difficult negotiations to structure a fair deal, many times over. These activities have led to the addition of more than 20 parcels to the Reserve which originally had been a private hunting preserve, later subdivided for private housing by a group of Napa doctors. This trajectory of development would have devastated the ecology and natural stability of our quite pristine peninsula. Each of the parcels acquired for the Reserve has its own history, but each one involved weeks and sometimes months of negotiation that some saw as unlikely to succeed, but here we are today with 2,578 acres of contiguous lands under protection. We owe a lot to you our members and supporters who have stuck with us through the years, as well as to the vision and management of the UC Natural Reserve System, which came on board in the early 1990s.
Along with all these land acquisitions, QRWC started almost from the beginning to lead interpretive walks throughout the four seasons, rain or shine, in order to share our beautiful Reserve with the general public.
There have been some harrowing moments in our history, such as [temporary} loss of state funding for the UC Reserve system during the state’s economic downturn some years back, as well as wildfires on the peninsula that, thankfully, have done little or no damage to the Reserve. The most recent big fire [the Wragg Fire last July] somehow entirely bypassed QRR. We were very fortunate.
QRWC’s Executive Director Frank Maurer, now 74, claims that he will continue until he drops under a blue oak tree [Quercus douglosii, named for the famous 19th-c. Scottish botanist David Douglas].
So, where do we stand and where are we headed? We have stood for and have practiced both education and awareness of the natural world: our walks and outreach programs have always discussed the importance of native, droughbtolerant plants and how to incorporate them into our own day-to-day lives. We have inspired more than one landowner to Convert their yard or lands partly or totally to native flora, which will save on water use and thus help our drought-stricken state.
As Shane Waddell of UCD's lohn Muir Institute writes in his report, included in this newsletter, our Reserve is one of 18 chosen in California where careful monitoring concerning climate change will be conducted over the next decade and beyond. The effects of climate change have long been emphasized in QRWC's own outreach activities, in light of the growing number of California residents dependent on the ever diminishing supply of water in the state.
A long-time supporter of the QRWC, Bill Patterson of Sacramento, has carried out Inventories of Lepidoptera on the Reserve. Between 1993 & 2006 he identified 66 species of butterfly and 590 species of moth; these invertebrates, along with many oth er species of animals on the Reserve, can be used to monitor the effects of climate change over coming decades. The continuing presence of diverse butterfly and moth species will, in itself, be an indicator of the pristine nature of our area.
The most recent edition of UC’s Natural History of the Quail Ridge Reserve is available in our Gift Boutique. lt provides an informative update on the Reserve’s history and its flora and fauna.
Matching funds: You will likely remember that David Welborn, a conservation/buyer} donor who has been supporting QRWC's land acquisition efforts for several years, gave us a matching grant of $24,000. Very recently this grant has been half·way matched by Leland Glenna and his wife Esther Prius of State College, Pennsylvania. Both Leland and Esther are faculty at Penn State, but we became acquainted with them when they lived several years ago in Davis and when Leland joined our Board of Directors. They have pledged $6,000 this year and $6,000 next year, and we want to take this opportunity to thank them heartily for their generous gift. We will have thus matched the total of $24.000. Hurrayl
A new educational fundraiser supporting QRWC: A fluorescent evening in your home [or other venue] in which we view, with the aid of a UV detector, fluorescence in earthly materials ranging from rocks to scorpions. This provides a very unusual and fascinating insight into the natural world that humans cannot see with the naked eye alone.
Please remember that drought-tolerant [xeric] plants are increasingly important for us to consider in our state and, indeed, throughout the American West. This topic was discussed at greater length in last year’s QR Monitor, but For more details, we recommend that you consult the California Native Plant Society's suggested list of such plants: http://www.cnps.org/cnps/grownative/lists.php. Many California nurseries nowadays are also knowledgable about xeric native plants and stock many species.
There is much to see on the Reserve. You always have an invitation to partake in one of our regularly scheduled walks [a schedule is on our website]. Or you may arrange a Special walk for a family or group. We await your call to have an adventure with us! Our last walk for 2015 will be on 5. December.
SOME WAYS TO ENIOY AND USE QUIAL RIDGE RESERVE
QRWC is proud to be part of the UC Natural Reserve System, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please renew your membership: you are greatly needed for the continuance of our work. Thank you!
Have a wonderful Holiday Season and New Year. And do come and enjoy the Reserve.
Frank W Maurer, Jr.
Executive Director, QRWC
530-219-4477; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.quailridge.org
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What do you get for your dollars donated to QRWC? As we consistently emphasize in our communications and publicity, we have a wonderful, nearby area protected for research and education. This is great in and of itself, but for our members and supporters there are additional benefits, all of which are on our website:
--Click Here for accessible web cameras to view the Reserve and its wildlife
Others have viewed our film "The Human and Natural History of Quail Ridge Reserve" that is available on DVD and is also available on YouTube. This film, which has striking photography, takes the viewer through the four seasons on the Reserve, with a narrated history. If you haven't yet looked at it, do give it a try.
QRWC has been in partnership with the UCD NRS since 1992 to help procure and preserve the natural habitats and wildlife diversity on Quail Ridge Reserve and to promote scientific research and educational outreach to the public. This news roundup was contributed by Shane Waddel of the UCD—NRS.