2021 Youth Environmentalist of the Year: Skyler Meinholz

SYRCL is happy to announce Skyler Meinholz, a Nevada Union High School Senior, as the 2021 recipient of the Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship. This scholarship, administered by SYRCL, is offered annually to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to the environment.  An outdoor enthusiast and activist, Skyler, has volunteered with SYRCL over the years during read more >>

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SYRCL’s Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO) is Back!

We are still recruiting 10th-12th graders and graduating seniors interested in this FREE five-day summer science expedition. This year students will install aspen enclosures at Loney Meadow, conduct biological studies, collect data, take beautiful hikes, and learn about the importance of healthy meadows and meadow fringe aspen ecosystems. Details

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Earth Weekend Backyard BioBlitz 2021: Report Out

On Earth Day last year, SYRCL called on our community to get outside and explore nature within their own backyards for a BioBlitz. We had such an overwhelming response that we brought it back again this year for the weekend following Earth Day. Details

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Superhero Lizards Keep Lyme Disease at Bay

Now that warmer weather is upon us, outdoor enthusiasts have to grapple with tick season. Ticks are well known for spreading a number of zoonotic diseases (or diseases that can be transmitted from humans to animals), namely Lyme Disease. However, California is armed with an unlikely defense against the spread of Lyme Disease: western fence lizards. Details

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Celebrate Earth Day with a BioBlitz

BioBlitzes are powerful citizen science tools that can add a wealth of knowledge to what we already know about our ecosystems. By using a large group of people to record observations, more data can be collected at once than would be during a traditional biological survey. Scientists can then use this data to learn more about the species in the area surveyed, such as the abundance of a certain animal, or how many invasive species are present. Details

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Trivia Buffs Help Raise Funds for Student Scholarships: Quiz Night 2021 Wrap Up

SYRCL’s annual scholarship fundraiser, Quiz Night, looked a little different different this year but we were still able to reunite virtually to tackle brain-scratching trivia thanks to the all-too-familiar Zoom. With your help, we raised funds for the Youth Environmentalist of the Year scholarship. Details

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Quiz Night is Back – Join us Thursday!

We have been hard at work developing brain-scratching trivia to stump even the best trivia buffs and would love to reunite with you and the rest of our SYRCL community for this evening of ‘virtual’ fun. We hope to see you there! Details

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How to Safely Spot the Sierra Newt

Sierra Newts begin migrating to breeding streams in January and can be seen near streams and creeks until about May. If you are interested in newts and want to find this colorful creature in its own habitat, now is the time. Details

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National Environmental Education Foundation Grant Helps Engage Local Students in Meadow Restoration

Through this Biodiversity Conservation Grant, SYRCL will be able to provide hands-on meadow restoration experience to high schoolers. Students will help in restoration efforts while learning about field monitoring techniques, aspen ecology, and current threats. Details

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Four Years Later: A Profile on 2017 Environmentalist of the Year Junet Bedayn

The Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship, administered by SYRCL, is awarded annually to a local graduating high school senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the environment. This March, we caught up with 2017 scholarship awardee, Junet Bedayn, to see how this award has supported her educational journey in the environmental field. Details

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