​​​​UPCOMING EVENTS

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Hiking schedule for the Santa
Margarita 
Ecological Reserve
(SMER)


DISCLAIMER:  The following hikes are not sponsored not administered by the Sierra Club, which has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision, or management of such activities.  They are published only as a reader service, because they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.

Please RSVP to Beth Cobb at smerdocenthikes@gmail.com

Below are the dates for the upcoming hikes:

Sunday, December 8         Chaparral Hike
Saturday, December 14     Gorge Hike
Sunday, January 12          Highlands Hike
Saturday, January 18        Bird Walk (South Field Station)
Sunday, February 2           Gorge Hike
Saturday, February 8         Short Hike
Sunday, February 23         Chaparral Hike
Saturday, March 7             Highlands Hike
Sunday, March 15             Chaparral Hike
Saturday, March 21           Gorge Hike
Saturday, April 4               Bird Walk (North Field Station)
Saturday, April 11              Highlands Hike
Saturday, April 18              Short Hike
Saturday, May 16              Gorge Hike

Hope to see you out on the trail,

The Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve Docents

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March 12, 10:00 am

Thursday, Education and Outreach Committee

Murrieta Public Library 

1 Town Square

Murrieta CA 92562

951-304-2489

CANCELLED

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Time: March 6th, 2020, 3:30 to 5:00 PM

​(For high school and college age people only)

41685 Date St 
Murrieta CA

Online registration link and more information:

bit.ly/20YCL


This is the first area meeting of Youth Climate Activists. 
Meet others who care about our climate and our future, and organize for local climate action. This is a Climate Emergency, and we all deserve a future on a livable planet. Join us! 

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March 10 Excom Meeting - 10 am
U.S. Department of The Interior 
Bureau of Reclamation Southern 
​California Area Office (SCAO) 

27226 Via Industria, Suite A 
Parking in non-numbered spaces


CANCELLED


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March 12 General Meeting
Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Rd
Temecula CA 


CANCELLED

Doors open at 6:00 pm
Social time: 6:30
Speaker: 7:00


Deadly by Design; San Onofre's (SONGS) permanent nuclear waste dump masquerading as a temporary solution

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to hear from Nina Babiarz and Charles Langley, board members of the non-profit, Public Watchdog.  Charles is the founder of this group that exposes regulation failures at virtually every level of government.  They are investigating ongoing fraud and corruption at San Onofre.
We are honored to have speakers of this calibre, so don't miss it!


Charles Langley has been a public advocate and energy analyst in Southern California for over 20 years focusing on energy issues that impact the rights and information going out to everyday consumers.

While working for the non-profit the Utility Consumers’ Action Network UCAN, Langley built its membership 12-fold and increased UCAN’s paid newsletter circulation to 33,000 subscribers.

You probably remember and maybe even used Langley’s “Gasoline Project” which tracked local gas prices on-line. Building on the public’s need, it ultimately received up to 33,000 visits a day and spurred a California Attorney General’s investigation of gasoline price gouging.

In 2011, Langley discovered internal documents of confidential complaints that revealed financial improprieties at UCAN. After calling for a ‘full forensic audit’ that was never conducted, Langley became an internal whistleblower.

When San Onofre leaked deadly radiation in January 2012, Langley demanded that UCAN publicly intercede in the San Onofre case. Forbidden from doing so as to not jeopardize UCAN’s revenue as a CA Public Utility Commission (CPUC) paid intervenor, Langley was terminated on June 2, 2013 as a whistleblower, in part for his work on exposing wrongdoing at San Onofre

Since 2013 Langley has worked full time to expose the alleged criminal activity, regulatory fraud, and fraud upon the court that has encompassed San Onofre.

As an investigator and publicist for the law firm of Aguirre & Severson LLP, Langley was instrumental in locating and publicly exposing the secret Warsaw, Poland meeting notes of CPUC President Michal Peevey. Because those notes resulted in a San Onofre decommission settlement without a public hearing, that discovery ultimately resulted in the “early retirements” of both Peevey and a CPUC Judge.

As founder of Public Watchdogs, Langley filed for and received a non-profit tax-exempt status by the IRS and the State of California in March of 2016. Public Watchdogs continues to expose the regulatory failure of virtually every level of government and investigate the ongoing fraud and corruption at San Onofre.
 
Nina Babiarz

A winner of the San Diego Business Journal’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ award in the area of transportation, Nina Babiarz began her career in Pittsburgh as an engineering and construction news reporter for McGraw-Hill during the Three-Mile Island melt down. A government reporter, she learned how to track government money and translate bureaucratic gibberish into plain English. Nina moved to CA in ‘84 to report on the Southern California construction boom, where she quickly became involved in the marketing of alternative energy and advanced transportation technologies, including the automated highway demo for driverless cars, Schwarzenegger’s Hydrogen Highway, and developing training programs for alternative-fuel and electric vehicle repair .

She became engaged in the nuclear waste issue two years ago when she realized that a radiation leak at San Onofre could shut down I-5 and the LOSSAN rail corridor, resulting in devastating economic losses for the entire region.

Nina joined the Board of Public Watchdogs because she firmly believes that a greater public awareness and informed industry leaders are critical to averting an economic nuclear disaster at San Onofre.

 
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Hike to Maiden Hair Falls Saturday 
March 14th  9:00 am


CANCELLED


Hike to Maiden Hair Falls Saturday  March 14th 0900
Join me on a 5.5-6 mile moderately difficult hike with 900' of elevation gain/loss.  From the desert landscape at the trailhead we will travel past Sycamores, cottonwoods then Palms to Maidenhair Falls a true oasis in the desert.  At the falls there is a shallow pool surrounded by layers of Maidenhair fern along with mosses.   


The Falls are seasonal. On my visit it was only dripping, but still worth the effort to get there.   Hikers will have to scramble over or around some large boulders and throned cacti abound.   


Hikers should bring 3 liters of water, lunch and snacks.  Please wear comfortable hiking shoes with soles that don't slip.  Dress in layers, wear a hat, long pants are a good idea and do not forget the sunscreen. 


Directions:  From Temecula, take 79 south (Temecula Pkwy) to Warner Springs.  Turn left onto San Filipe Rd/S2.  Travel about 4 or 5 miles then turn left on S22 (Montezuma Valley Rd.) heading to Borrego Springs.  Continue on S22 for about 17 miles.  The trail head is on the left .7 miles  from the stop sign at Palm Canyon Rd.  If you missed the trail head turn around at the stop sign.  The trail head is on the right .7 miles up the hill. 


To register or if you have questions contact Gary Marsalone email hikesie@gmail.com, rain cancels.  
 

Rain cancels.  No passes or permits are required.

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March 14 - Saturday, 9:30 am to 4 pm

Western Science Center, Teen Earth Optimism 2020 Changing the Climate Conversation


CANCELLED


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March 26 Outreach Committee

Earth Day Fair Team Meeting 12:30 pm

Vail Headquarters

32115 Temecula Pkwy
Temecula, CA 92592


CANCELLED


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March 16-19, 2020

30th Annual International Conference

on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air

Double Tree Mission Valley, San Diego, California
Preliminary Program
Achievement Awards 2020
Conference Evaluation Form

CONFERENCE LOCATION: 

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON MISSION VALLEY
7450 Hazard Center Drive

San Diego, CA 92108


CANCELLED

March 2020 will mark the thirtieth annual gathering of environmental professionals to the Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. For the past twenty-nine years, this annual conference has helped to bring the environmental science community closer together by providing a forum to facilitate the exchange of information of technological advances, new scientific achievements, and the effectiveness of standing environmental regulation programs. The International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air and AEHS Foundation Semi-Annual Meeting offers attendees an opportunity to exchange findings, ideas, and recommendations in a professional setting. The strong and diverse technical program is customized each year to meet the changing needs of the environmental field.

Platform and poster sessions feature research, case studies, and the presentation of new programs. Exhibitions augment the conference program and bring applied technology to attendees. Focused workshops provide attendees with practical information for immediate application. Daily socials provide networking opportunities and discussion.


Exhibit Hall Hours for 2020:
Tuesday, March 17th, 9:00am - 7:00pm (5-7pm social)
Wednesday, March 18th, 9:00am - 7:00pm (5-7pm social) 
Thursday, March 19th, 9:00am – 12:00pm

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Thursday, April 2  - Earth Day Outreach Committee - Murrieta Pubic Library 10 am

1 Town Square
Murrieta CA 92562
951-304-2489


CANCELLED


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April 4 EARTH DAY FAIR


CANCELLED

11 am to 4 pm

Vail Headquarters

32115 Temecula Parkway 
Temecula, CA 92592


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April 16 - Thursday ExCom Meeting - 10 am


​Meeting through ZOOM


U.S. Department of The Interior 
Bureau of Reclamation Southern 
​California Area Office (SCAO) 

27226 Via Industria, Suite A 
Parking in non-numbered spacesExcom


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April 9 General Meeting  - CANCELLED

Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Rd
Temecula CA 

Doors open at 6:00 pm
Social time: 6:30
Speaker: 7:00

subject:  Vipers


For your information, our scheduled speaker for this cancelled meeting has provided information about himself and his research.  Please read about this outstanding scholar, Dr. Jesus Sigala.**

**We hope we can have him reschedule!**

SUBJECT:  VIPERS


Bachelor in Biology from Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (UAA) and Ph. D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. Full professor at UAA, Co-Chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Viper Specialist Group (VSG) and Member (Candidate) of the National System of Researchers in Mexico. Academic interests include macroecological patterns, natural history and conservation of viperid snakes. Has taught 36 different courses at UA of Aguascalientes, UA of Zacatecas and Cornell University, given 66 professional presentations, published 43 works, and contributed with 85 congress’ abstracts. Has been Vicepresident and President of the Mexican Zoological Society and is a visiting sabbatical profesor in Rulon Clark´s lab at San Diego State University.

My talk was titled, "Mexican vipers with restricted distribution areas: knowledge gaps and conservation" and I was going focus on some projects we have carried out with some vipers endemic to Mexico (mostly non-rattlesnakes) that range from distribution, climate change, diet, conservation and some morphological peculiarities, but I wanted to take advantage of a project that I just started with Rulon, Pablo and Jamie at Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and would end with a list and photos of the amphibians and reptiles present in the reserve. Maybe in a couple of months I would have more material for this last project and could focus on it as I think that it would be more interesting locally.

With best wishes,

Jesus


Dr. J. Jesús Sigala Rodríguez
-Profesor Investigador y Responsable de la Colección Zoológica de la Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (CZUAA), http://www.uaa.mx/centros/ccb/deptos/biologia/index.html
-Co-Chair, IUCN's Viper Specialist Group, www.viperspecialistgroup.org























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April 23  - THURSDAY - Outreach Committee

Vail Headquarters

32115 Temecula Pkwy
Temecula, CA 92592


             through ZOOM

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April 23, Thursday,

14th Annual Soboba Earth Day


CANCELLED


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April 25 - Saturday, Lake Skinner Earth Day Event - Charity Hagen CANCELLED

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April 25 - Saturday, Extreme Clean Lake Elsinore


CANCELLED

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May 21 THURSDAY -  ExCom Meeting - 10 am

U.S. Department of The Interior 
Bureau of Reclamation Southern 
​California Area Office (SCAO) 

27226 Via Industria, Suite A 
Parking in non-numbered spacesExcom


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May 14 General Meeting


CANCELLED

Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Rd
Temecula CA 

Doors open at 6:00 pm
Social time: 6:30
Speaker: 7:00


Swiss Researcher - SMER Swiss Researcher Native Plants and Insects


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May 28 Outreach Committee

Vail Headquarters

​32115 Temecula Pkwy
​Temecula, CA 92592


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June 18 ExCom Meeting - 10 am

U.S. Department of The Interior 
Bureau of Reclamation Southern 
​California Area Office (SCAO) 

27226 Via Industria, Suite A 
Parking in non-numbered spacesExcom


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June 11 General Meeting


CANCELLED

Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Rd
Temecula CA 

Doors open at 6:00 pm
Social time: 6:30
Speaker: 7:00


Mountain Lions

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June 14 Sierra Sunday Annual Picnic - Primal Pastures


​CANCELLED


Sierra Club pays Primal Pastures $150 for the location and tour; People attending $10/person; includes lunch and tour.


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Hiking schedule for the Santa Margarita
Ecological Reserve (SMER)

​11:00 Tour

Please RSVP to Beth Cobb at smerdocenthikes@gmail.com

Below are the dates for the upcoming hikes:

Sunday, October 27          Gorge Hike
Saturday, November 2       Highlands Hike
Saturday, November 16     Bird Walk (South Field Station)
Saturday, November 23     Short Hike
Sunday, December 8         Chaparral Hike
Saturday, December 14     Gorge Hike
Sunday, January 12          Highlands Hike
Saturday, January 18        Bird Walk (South Field Station)
Sunday, February 2           Gorge Hike
Saturday, February 8         Short Hike
Sunday, February 23         Chaparral Hike
Saturday, March 7             Highlands Hike
Sunday, March 15             Chaparral Hike
Saturday, March 21           Gorge Hike
Saturday, April 4               Bird Walk (North Field Station)
Saturday, April 11              Highlands Hike
Saturday, April 18              Short Hike
Saturday, May 16              Gorge Hike

Hope to see you out on the trail,

The Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve Docents