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A Sense of Place ...

Bioregion

How does one measure home? What does the word mean to you? The question has been asked by others and answered in many different ways. Some think of
parents, others of food, cherished experiences or a house in a suburb where they raised a family. Does anyone think of a landscape? Very often it’s the oaks of the
south, the mountains of the west or the beaches of the east coast that people miss when they move, and which they mention when asked. Answering this question
helps us describe the nature of a bioregion.

To aid further understanding of bioregions we might consider where and how Native Americans lived. Chumash villages, their trading trails and seasonal
movements were related to climate and watersheds. Imagine how you might live if there were no utilities, if there wasn’t a grocery store on the corner, a cable company,
or a gas station. What would life be like and what would your relationship to the landscape be? Would the Santa Ynez Valley or San Rafael Mountains hold the same meaning for you as they do today—some distant ridgeline glanced at while driving by?

What is a Bioregion?

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A bioregion is a life place, the area we call home. Defined by natural features, vegetation types, mountains and watersheds, most people love the landscapes these produce without understanding why, or fully
appreciating their complexity ...

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What is Natural History?

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Natural history is less mathematical than ecology, but no less scientific. Leaning toward observation of plants
and animals, it looks at categories of natural organisms, using a broad outlook in a world full of many
narrowly focused disciplines ...

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What is Biodiversity?

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In one sense, bioregions are the units that house the earth's biodiversity. Our region has been declared a Biodiversity Hotspot. "Big deal!" you say. "I've heard the word, but so what?"
What does it mean and why is biodiversity important ...

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Why Connect to these?

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We can connect to bioregions through our pursuits and activities, but also as we learn about the wildlife and plants that share these landscapes with us. These connections produce care,
but studies have also shown that
they improve human wellbeing ...

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