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October 2014 – March 2015

Oct
25
Sat
2014
Boo at the Zoo
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy frightfully delightful family fun and discover the world of bats, spiders, snakes and more with exciting games and activities. Plus, animal encounters and costume parade.

Activities included with general zoo admission; members join the fun for free!

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Nov
12
Wed
2014
Free Conservation Lecture
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Farmers and Fish: Restoration of the Salt River Ecosystem”  by M. Doreen Hansen, Humboldt County Resource Conservation District

 

Near the town of Ferndale, dairy farmers have joined with a host of public and private partners to restore fish habitat and function to the Salt River. Over 100 years ago, the Salt River provided spawning and rearing conditions for thousands of salmonids and was large enough to support a small steam ship industry

In 2013, the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project started work on the first phase of an historic effort to restore the watershed. Two miles of river channel near the Eel River Estuary were enhanced and 300 acres of dairy pasture converted back into a functioning tidal marsh system. Within six months of the restoration, federally endangered Coho juveniles and Tidewater Goby were found throughout the site, along with Chinook and other marine species. In 2014 another 1.5 miles of river channel and associated riparian flood plain is being restored toward the ultimate goal of restoring 5 miles of channel.between Ferndale and San Francisco. The river channel slowly filled with sediment that now blocks fish passage to 15 miles of tributary habitat and causes dairy pastures to flood.

As the project progresses, project partners will be monitoring the evolution of the site and report on their findings. This talk will specifically address the results of the first year’s fish monitoring effort in the restored tidal marsh.

 

For more on conservation events happening at Sequoia Park Zoo, visit our Conservation Events page.

Dec
7
Sun
2014
Zoo Crew Orientation
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Want to work more closely with the animals? This year-round program offers individuals the opportunity to take part in some of the zoo’s day-to-day activities, like feeding, observing and handling animals and cleaning exhibits. There are also opportunities for giving demonstrations and helping out at our special events. This position is for a volunteer interested in a longer commitment and requires training.

All Zoo Crew members must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete the required application, orientation and training
  • Pass a TB and background check
  • Commit to a minimum of two shifts per month for at least 6 months
  • Be able to follow directions precisely and work independently
  • Be in good physical shape—able to lift 25 pounds, walk, stoop, reach overhead and traverse uneven surfaces.

Please be aware that the Zoo Crew application process can take several weeks, and volunteer orientation only occurs every 3 months. You will be contacted about your status once your application has been processed.

Interested persons must be approved by the Volunteer Coordinator to attend any Zoo Crew orientations. Call (707) 441-4205 or e-mail ten.o1412930905ozkra1412930905paiou1412930905qes@r1412930905eetnu1412930905lov1412930905. Click here for more volunteering opportunities.

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Free Conservation Lecture
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Managing Nemo: Conservation and Conflict in the Marine Aquarium Trade”  by Brian Tissot, HSU Marine Lab, Director & Biology Professor

 

The waters off the Hawaiian islands are home to a half-million brightly-colored tropical fish that are scooped up into nets each year and flown across the globe into home aquaria. Although scientific studies have shown that the aquarium fishery off the Big Island of Hawaii is among the best managed in the world, it has nevertheless become the focus of intense conflict, and activists have launched a campaign to shut down the selling of fish for aquariums, saying the practice is destroying coral reefs.

This talk will describe 20 years of research conducted by Dr. Brian Tissot, focused on promoting the conservation of live-caught aquarium fish along the Kona coast of Hawaii, using community-based management within a network of Marine Protected Areas. His collaborative conservation program involves multiple agencies, including state resource agencies, university faculty and students, large and small NGOs, and a variety of local community groups.  He has studied the reefs and the fisheries to achieve a balance between community interests, the coral reef dive tourism industry, and a sustainable aquarium fishery.

 

For more on conservation events happening at Sequoia Park Zoo, visit our Conservation Events page.

Dec
13
Sat
2014
Holiday Hoorah! Member Party
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Zoo members can kick off the holiday season at the zoo with yummy eats and holiday treats! Plus, visit with Santa and meet zoo animals in up-close encounters. Refreshments and activities free for zoo members.

Jan
14
Wed
2015
Free Conservation Lecture
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Rat Poisons and their Impacts on Wildlife: what we know, don’t know, and alternatives”  by Dr. Mourad Gabriel, Ph.D, Integral Ecology Research Center, Ecologist & Director

 

Pesticides are used extensively within urban and agricultural settings with the goal of reducing damage to human and domestic animal food supplies or the spread of disease.  However, non-target species including sensitive wildlife have unfortunately been exposed or poisoned through legal and illegal uses of these toxicants. One type of pesticide, rodenticide, has contributed to world-wide exposure and poisonings of numerous non-target wildlife species.  Locally, in Humboldt County, the misuse of rodenticides has been associated with trespass marijuana cultivation on forested public and tribal community lands. These habitats are home to several species of conservation concern, and the use of toxicants have both individual and population level effects on many of these wildlife species.  In addition, due to the inherent purpose of these compounds, the affected prey populations within these sites are thus influencing the fitness of species dependent on them.

This lecture will focus on the current data that has been collected by Dr. Gabriel on wildlife exposures and deaths attributed to these toxicants in Humboldt County. It will also discuss the difficulties of collecting the effects of these toxicants, as well as alternatives that people could incorporate at home and within legal use settings that are not as toxic.

 

For more on conservation events happening at Sequoia Park Zoo, visit our Conservation Events page.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Free Conservation Lecture
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Imperiled Fishers in the Pacific Northwest”  by Sean Matthews, Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation Society, Klamath Landscape Coordinator

 

The fisher, known to science as Pekania pennanti, is considered one of the most adept and elusive carnivores in our western forests; capable of regularly preying on well-fortified porcupines and rarely spotted by even the most regular of forest visitors. Despite their tenacity and elusive nature, these house-cat-sized weasels were unable to elude the pressures of unregulated trapping for furs and the loss of forested habitats associated with logging over the last century. It is suspected that logging continues to threaten fisher populations by means of habitat fragmentation, reductions in habitat size, and changes in forest structure rendering it unsuitable for fishers. As a result of population declines, range contractions, and existing threats, the fisher is a candidate for federal endangered species protection.

Join conservation scientist Dr. Sean Matthews as he shares his decade of research and conservation experience on fishers throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. Through photographs and videos, Sean will share stories of fisher biology, conservation concerns, research and conservation efforts, and what it takes to raise an orphaned fisher kit, from rescue to release.

 

For more on conservation events happening at Sequoia Park Zoo, visit our Conservation Events page.

Mar
11
Wed
2015
Free Conservation Lecture
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Frogs and Chytrid in Coffee, Oh My!”  by Jennifer Brown, Graduate Student, HSU Wildlife, and SPZF Grant Recipient

 

Detailed information coming soon.

 

For more on conservation events happening at Sequoia Park Zoo, visit our Conservation Events page.

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Open Today from 10am to 5pm

Adults: $5.75

Children (3-12): $3.75

Seniors (60+): $4.75

Children under 3: Free

Zoo Members: Free

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Oct
25
Sat
2014
12:00 pm Boo at the Zoo
Boo at the Zoo
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Boo at the Zoo
Enjoy frightfully delightful family fun and discover the world of bats, spiders, snakes and more with exciting games and activities. Plus, animal encounters and costume [...]
Nov
12
Wed
2014
7:00 pm Free Conservation Lecture
Free Conservation Lecture
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Conservation Lecture
“Farmers and Fish: Restoration of the Salt River Ecosystem”  by M. Doreen Hansen, Humboldt County Resource Conservation District   Near the town of Ferndale, dairy [...]

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