News from the James

Welcome to our website “blog” where we will provide information of what is happening at the James as to current articles, upcoming presentations, ongoing research, and just interesting things. So read on and we hope you enjoy learning about News from the James!  We are currently constructing this page so please be patient.

Public presentations by staff members:

  • Assistant Director Dr. John Laundré will be talking at the November 19 xxx lecture series held at the Silver Pines Lodge.  The title of his presentation will be: “What is Wild in Idyllwild”.  He will report on the findings of the many motion-sensitive cameras residents of Idyllwild have allowed us to place in their yards over this past year.  Besides many common wildlife species, there have been some interesting surprises so come on to over to see “what is wild in Idyllwild”!
  • Director Dr. Jennifer Gee will be giving two presentations in February of next year.  Both will be on her work with quail, specifically on hybridization of California and Gambel’s quail and what we can learn about the evolutionary process and its consequences to our native quail species.  The first talk will be on February 23 at the Sea and Sage Audubon Conservation lecture series at Irvine Ranch and the second will be on February 26 at the University of California Santa Barbara Sedgwick Reserve’s Public Lecgture Series at the Sedgwick Reserve.

Popular Articles

The staff at the James Reserve write monthly articles for the local newspaper, the Idyllwild Town Crier and their bi-monthly publication, Palms to Pines Magazine.  To access the most resent contributions, just click on the links below.  Topics of past contributions are listed below the headings and can be accessed by selecting the topic.

Town Crier: Journal from the James – September 10, 2015

Past contributions.

January 14, 2016: Winter has arrived on the mountain – Article on the value of snow to wildlife

December 10, 2015: What’s wild in Idyllwild? Bobcats – Continuing the report on wildlife caught on camera, this time on bobcats

November 12, 2015: What good is a dead tree? – Article on the ecological value of dead trees

September 10, 2015: Sky Islands continued – Article explaining how mountains can have local and global effects.

August 20, 2015: Sky Islands – Article on how mountains, worldwide, function much like islands in the sea.

July 16, 2015: Mixing it up… – Article on hybridization and its study at the James

June 11, 2015: The cute season – Article on young animals at the James

May 14, 2015: Spring at the James – Article on the arrival of spring to the James Reserve

April 9, 2015:  What’s wild in Idyllwild –  Article on wildlife photographed by trail cameras in backyards of Idyllwild

March 12, 2015:  How nature works – Article on role carnivores play in nature

February 12, 2015: A century of change in Idyllwild –  Article on the changes that have occurred in the forests around Idyllwild

January 15, 2015:  Song dogs –  article on coyotes

December 18, 2014: Solving the mystery of the bird family tree – Looks at the ancestors of modern birds and how birds of today came about

November 13, 2014: Shepherds of Nature – article on the ecological role of mountain lions and other large predators

November 6, 2014: Welcome to the James– kickoff article about the James

Palms to Pines Magazine: September -October 2015