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Cascade-Siskiyou monument research symposium set

Students and scientists will talk about their research projects during the fifth annual Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Research Symposium, set for 7 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Southern Oregon University Science Building Auditorium, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Charles Schelz, an ecologist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, will host the free symposium, sponsored by Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Emily Burke, SOU ornithology student, will present her research findings on the habitats of native and invasive owls.

University of Oregon geology students Kieran McCann and Martin Harris and SOU student Kendra Madaras-Kelly will discuss their work mapping geological faults, contacts between the Western and High Cascades, and geohydrology of the Jenny Creek area.

BLM biologist Chris Volpe will give the status of the Jenny Creek sucker, an isolated population in the eastern part of the monument.

Scot Loring will give a brief summary of Friends 2016 Bioblitz, and Michael Parker, chairman of the SOU Biology Department, will update attendees on how the expansion increases research opportunities for students and professionals.

For information, a printable parking map, and to obtain a free parking pass, see www.cascadesiskiyou.org. Cars without a parking pass may be ticketed.