A Botanist Comes Full Circle:
From Studying to Defending California’s Native Plants
Thursday October 17th 4:30pm
La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Home to over 6,500 native plants, California is the most botanically diverse U.S. state. More than 30% of the state’s plants are considered endemic and are found nowhere else in the world. Yet, many plants and habitats in California are seriously threatened. Remarkably, more than a third of the state’s flora is considered rare and is included in the California Native Plant Society’s (CNPS) Rare Plant Inventory. With a rapidly increasing human population, the native plants of California and their habitats will come under increasing pressure from urbanization, climate change and a host of other threats in the 21st century.

Drawing upon his nearly 20 years of experience as a professional botanist and more recently as the lead conservation staff person in Southern California for CNPS, Dr. Nick Jensen will lead us on a tour of some of the most spectacular ecosystems in the region. He will then focus on two places where large-scale development projects threaten irreplaceable habitats. These projects (and others) serve as bellwethers for how our flora will fare in the coming decades. This period will mark a turning point for the state’s biodiversity. Nick will guide us on a path through which California continues to be a conservation leader while growing gracefully. This event is free but seating is limited--please RSVP. The Botanical Garden is open from 8am-5pm this day. Come early to explore the collection.


The Healing Forest:
Plant Medicine, Isolated Tribes, & Climate Change
Tuesday October 22nd  4:30pm 
UCLA Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) Auditorium 

Ethnobotanists are scientists who study the relationship between people and plants, often with a special focus on traditional healers and their botanical medicines. As rainforests disappear, however, many of these plant species face extinction. At the same time, due to acculturation, much of this indigenous knowledge is disappearing as well, often much faster than the plants themselves. And climate change—particularly changing rainfall patterns—is placing added stress on rainforest animals, plants and peoples.

For well over two decades, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) has played a pioneering role in biocultural conservation, working to protect both rainforest ecosystems and tribal cultures. To date, ACT has partnered with over 50 South American tribes to not only map tens of millions of acres but also to carry out projects in ethnoeducation, shamanic knowledge intergenerational transmission, sustainable livelihoods, and women’s empowerment. Noted ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin and senior manager of mapping and program support Brian Hettler of the Amazon Conservation Team detail those efforts. This event is free but seating is limited--please RSVP.

This talk is a part of the Plant Worlds Ethnobotany Seminar Series Co-presented by UCLA HumanitiesUCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, and The Huntington. The kingdom of plants exhibit their influence at all levels of human survival, society, and culture. This collection of seminars weaves together our scientific understanding of plants with their inextricable roles in our lives--from food and medicine to literature, religion, and the arts. Join us to explore botanical humanities throughout time and the world.

Special thanks to UCLA Life SciencesSemel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLATraditional Medicinals, and the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions for their support of this seminar series.


Wildlife in the Garden

The Botanical Garden provides habitat for many animals. Learn more about the 275+ species of animals that have been documented here and add your own observations to our iNaturalist project: Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden Fauna. Enjoy your visit by looking for some of the birds that can be commonly seen here year-round. Please respect wildlife by giving them space and not touching them or their nests. [Photo by Nurit Katz]

Bruin Birding Club Fall Migration Garden Walks
Thursdays through 11/14 • 8 - 9am
La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Fall is here, and birds across California and the Northern Hemisphere are migrating south. Many rely on greenspaces in urban areas to rest and refuel for the next leg of the journey south. Join the Bruin Birding Club this fall to watch for migrating warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes and more each Thursday in the UCLA Botanical Garden. The first walk will be Thursday, 9/26. Everyone from UCLA and the broader community is welcome to join--bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the La Kretz Garden Pavilion, no RSVP or ticket is required.

The Bruin Birding Club is a group of birders comprised of undergrads and graduate students, postdocs and staff. These walks will be led by Samuel Bressler, a third year master's student studying the microbiome and nesting patterns of Dark-eyed Juncos, and Andy Kleinhesselink, a postdoc studying community ecology. To learn more about the Bruin Birding Club, contact Samuel at: [Photo by Nurit Katz]

Support the Botanical Garden

Each day, the UCLA Botanical Garden is free for the public to relax, reconnect with nature, and explore the incredible world of plants. Philanthropic support allows us to maintain collections, pursue plant conservation projects, and provide free educational programs. Membership, naming opportunities and planned gifts ensure a sustainable future for this urban oasis. For more information, check out our website or contact:
Nina Devries, Assistant Director of Development for UCLA College Life Sciences: 310-912-8972

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