A change of schedule for 2016

Happy new year, Cafenistas!

We have now been at Peeve’s Public House for two years! After years of wandering around town from venue to venue, it has been nice to have a stable long-term home for our Café with such a welcoming and generous host as Craig Scharton. It is hard to think of another such place in town where the establishment’s vision of providing a genuine public house dovetails so nicely with our own goal of bringing science to the public discourse.

While it is nice to continue that spatial stability in the new year, we’re afraid we have to do a temporal shift in our scheduling. Recently, owing to the realities of conducting business on the Fulton Mall, Mr. Scharton has had to rethink his business hours. The Pub will therefore move to a new schedule starting January 1st, remaining closed on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of being open all seven days of the week. He generously offered to open up the pub on the First Mondays just for us, but that seems like an unfair burden to place on such a supportive business. Therefore it makes more sense for us to move our Café meetings to another day.

Given that no day of the week is ideal in terms of being able to accommodate everyone, it seems like we have two potential choices to work with the new Peeve’s schedule:

  • Wednesday (first of the month) evening at 7PM.
  • Sunday evening at 5PM or 6 PM.

For January 2016, we’ve scheduled the event on Wednesday, the 6th, at 7 PM. Let us know in the comments if you think this works or not, or if you prefer Sunday evenings for future events. There will also be a poll on our Facebook and twitter feeds to see if there is a strong preference either way.

We thank you for your continued participation in the cafe, and hope to see you again every month in 2016.

Happy sciencing!

11. Birds in the City


Science: A Candle In The Dark
Episode 11: Birds in the City: social and ecological drivers of urban biodiversity
22 December
Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti
Guests: Pedro Garcia

Topic:  Cities have become the primary habitat for most of humanity. They are also habitat for many other species even as we continue to fragment and destroy and disrupt natural ecosystems across the planet. How well other species manage to survive or not in our cities depends on how we manage the urban landscape, whether mindful of its impacts on wildlife or caring only for human development. Pedro Garcia, currently working with the California Conservation Corps, recently completed a masters thesis project studying the effects of human activities on bird species diversity and distribution in the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area in California’s Central Valley. Here he speaks about how he found a connection with nature while growing up as an immigrant child in a California town, what he has learned about urban reconciliation ecology, and how it relates to his Native American heritage and his current work in conservation.

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Birds in the City

Lights at dusk

Cities are dynamic ecosystems where social and ecological factors interact to influence the amount and distribution of urban biodiversity. This January, Pedro Garcia will present insights from his analysis of data from the Fresno Bird Count (a citizen science project) to help understand what shapes bird species diversity at residential and city-wide scales in the Fresno-Clovis Metro Area.

Join us for an evening of conversation about how the study of social-ecological interactions helps us understand and manage urban ecosystems better, especially in times of stress like the drought now affecting California.

Speaker: Pedro Garcia, California Conservation Corps

When: Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 7:00 PM

Where: Peeve’s Public House
, 1243 Fulton Mall, Fresno, CA 93721.

Contact: 559-278-2460 (cafe inquiries) / 559-573-5735 (Pub’s number).

Here’s the full poster for this event – please feel free to download, print, and/or share with your friends and family: