CSUS Field Biology Group
Updated: February 17, 2020

The Field Biology Group is a student organization at California State University, Sacramento that offers students the opportunity to explore conservation and biological issues through field experience, service and contact with professionals. The group is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Contact fieldbiogroup.csus@gmail.com for details.

New: http://csusfieldbiology.wordpress.com/
old google group Field Biology Google Group (do not use this one any more)

The Field Biology Group is a member of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Joint Council of clubs (NSMJC). It is an official Sacramento State club. For information about other clubs, visit the Student Activities website.

Officers and Contact Information (Spring 2020):

For Spring 2019-2020, the officers are:

President: Anessa Forshey
Vice President:
Treasurer: Breann Benitez

Faculty advisor: Dr. Ron Coleman

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

 *requires RSVP
February 22, 2020 - Nimbus Fish Hatchery tour*
10:00am at 2001 Nimbus Road, Gold River, CA
Nimbus Hatchery raises Chinook salmon and steelhead for release to the American River. The Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center offers fun and educational activities for children and adults of all ages. FBG will be receiving an in-depth tour of the processes at Nimbus Fish Hatchery. The tour will be roughly 45 - 60 minutes long but we are able to roam the raceways and nature trails after.

February 26, 2020 - Vivarium tour*
4:30pm at CSUS Sequoia Hall 110
The CSUS vivarium houses over 30 different species of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. The animal collection is used for curriculum enrichment and outreach activities with CSUS students and children of all ages who visit campus. Depending on the amount of people interested, we might break the group into two tours that start at staggering times.

March 14, 2020 - Volunteer Wildlife Care Association*
10:00am at 5211 Patrol Road, McClellan Park, CA
Mid-March will be right at the beginning of the Wildlife Care Association's busy season so lots of last-minute things that will need to be cleaned or prepared, including bird baskets, play pens, aviaries, carriers and other supplies that we use at the facility. There is also a possibility of finishing the event with a tour of the facility so we can peek at the animals and ask any questions about wildlife rehabilitation.

March 18, 2020 - Career workshop with Leigh Sanders and Ethan Roberts
5:00pm at CSUS Eureka Hall 309
Join FBG in welcoming Leigh Sanders and Ethan Roberts as they discuss various carrier and research opportunities for Biology majors. More information will be available as time gets closer.

March 28, 2020 - Hike*
Location and time are yet to be determined. Suggestions are welcome. This activity is dependent on weather.

April 8, 2020 - CV/Resume building workshop with Dr. Coleman
5:00pm at CSUS Eureka Hall 309
The primary differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) are length, what is included, and what each is used for. While both are used in job applications, a resume and a CV are not always interchangeable. Join FBG in welcoming Dr. Ron Coleman as he advises and recommends how to construct and when to use a CV verses a resume.

April 18, 2020 - Hike*
Location and time are yet to be determined. Suggestions are welcome. This activity is dependent on weather.

April 29, 2020 - General meeting
5:00pm at CSUS Eureka Hall 309
Meeting activity is to be determined.

Volunteer with Cal Waterfowl
Late April or Early May, Location TBD
FBG is coordinating with Cal Waterfowl about banding opportunities. Possible opportunities include banding at their egg salvage facility and/or doing a wood duck box check and banding any hens we encounter.

Volunteer with American Fisheries Society
Date and Location TBD
FBG is coordinating with the American Fisheries Society about possible volunteer opportunities. These events will likely be aquatic themed.

Past Meetings and Events:

Save the Frogs Day

Camping at Pinnacles National Monument

October 28-30, 2011. ask Allison for details. Organizational Meeting for the trip will be held on Oct 20, 2011, 5pm, Hmb 124.  

Great American River Cleanup

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 9am, Alumni Grove, CSU campus. No need to RSVP. Help clean up the local stretch of the American River.

Mexican Free-tail bat trip

September 20, 2011, 5:00pm, Davis.  The Field Biology Group has scheduled a talk and tour at the Yolo Basin Foundation on the Mexican Free-tail bats living in California. There presentation will begin at 5:00pm with the group heading out together to the viewing site after. We will have the opportunity to view one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats in California as it emerges to hunt insects at sunset. We meet at the Foundations headquarters building at 45211 County
Road 32B, Davis, CA 95618. RSVP to Allison.

Dodeball 2011 tournament

Once again, the Field Biology Group was represented at the annual Dodgeball throwdown (September 6, 2011). While we may have failed to advance past the first round, we fought long and hard (okay, not very long). Nonetheless, we had a lot of fun. Where else do you get to throw a ball at a Professor???

Mono Lake

Saturday/Sunday April 16/17 Mono Lake trip. Cost is $50 and we will be updating google groups on the fee due date as well as final accommodations. We would like to have a spaghetti pot luck on the evening of the 16 th. So break out that camping gear and have a great weekend learning about Mono Lake!

Dry Creek Environmental Assessment Project

The Dry Creek Environmental Assessment Project continues....

Save the Frogs Day

April 26, Tuesday, 5-7pm. Save the frogs day! Located in Hinde Auditorium on campus. Bring friends and family, the auditorium seats 150 people so we want to fill it up. Ask your biology professors if they are interested in offering extra credit to their students for attending. If they are interested, let Kiel or Natalie know and they will give you a flier to give to your instructor.  

Pine Hills Preserve Flower Walk

Saturday, March 12, Pine Hill Preserve- Docent guided walk and bird watching. Bring a bag lunch and binoculars. Carpool may still be available, contact Allison.

GPS Scavenger Hunt and BBQ

Sunday, February 20, 9:00am to noon.Ancil Hoffman Park

Save the Frogs talk

Thurs, February 24, 4:30pm Hmb 124

Orienteering Workshop with G.O. Graening

November 10, 2010; 7:00pm, Hmb 124.  

Turkey Bowl

November 18, 2010; 7:30pm, Hmb 124

Lily Douglas speaking

October 28 , 2010; 4:30pm, Hmb 124.  Recent graduate, former Field Biology Group member, and current BLM
wildlife biologist Lily Douglas returns to her roots to share her recent experiences landing a gig with the feds. 
Learn about the Bureau of Land Management; Gain some insight into the life of a practicing wildlife biologist; Get some essential knowledge about how to prepare for ANY job with the federal government; and better understand the complex path to federal employment.


Aquatic Plant Workshop
Saturday, October 2, Rancho Seco

The Field Biology Group had a highly successful workshop on aquatic plants, led by Angela De Palma-Dow. We snorkeled the waters of Rancho Seco and collected samples of aquatic plants as well as water parameters (pH, dissolved oxygen, etc). The Saturday event was preceeded by a dry workshop on Thur Sept 31 in which Angela led us through identifying aquatic plants, and Dr. Tim Horner trained us on the use of various meters for recording water characteristics.

Plastic Vortex Talk
Wednesday, April 21, 6-7pm, SQU 301

Margy Gassel spoke to a full house about the enormous vortex of plastic adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Here is a pdf copy of the flyer.

Plastic Vortex talk
Whale Watching
Rescheduled: Saturday April 10

Unfortunately the waves were too high on Feb 13 for us to go whale watching. The trip is now officially rescheduled for April 10. Email Angela for details.

Caving Trip with Tracy Audisio and GO Groening
March 27

Tracy Audisio and Geo Groening led an expedition into the center of the earth... or at least partway there.

Bat Research and Methods with Dr. Winston Lancaster
March 23, 4-5pm, Hmb 124

Dr. Lancaster gave us a presentation on his exciting work on Bats!

March 11, 6-8pm, SQU 105

The Field Biology Group was well represented at this event which allowed club members to meet other students and faculty from the college.

Campus Restoration Weekend

Feb 27 and 28

Please RSVP to this event, remember we have both days available to work, Sat 27th and Sun 28th from 9:30 - 12:30 in the morning. We will meet at the arboretum entrance across from the parking lot that is adjacent to the student health center. We are going to be trail building, restoring, planting and weeding the riparian corridor around the north west bend of campus as well as maintenancing the CSUS arboretum. We have different duties for both days, from 9:30 - 12:30 sat and sunday, so students can work one or both days. This activity will be led by Professor Baad of the Department of Biological Sciences. This activity is a great way to positively effect campus and learn about native vegetation, please mark your calenders and come get down and dirty with the Field Biology Group! Contact Angela for details.

February 13, 2010
Whale Watching (to be continued)

A determined group of FBGers headed to Half Moon Bay to go whale watching. Unfortunately, we experienced some of the largest waves this coast has seen in a while. In fact, the Mavericks surfing competition, which ONLY occurs when the surf is particularly gnarly was called to take place that day! (It didn't even happen last year because the waves weren't big enough). We got to experience just a taste of those waves. As our boat edged past the breakwater at Pillar Point marina, the captain (rightly so) decided that the waves were just too much for us to continue safely. We will be back! .

Whale watching February 2010Tasty waves at Mavericks

November 19, 2009
Turkey Bowl

Once again, Field Biology Group put in a strong showing at the Annual NSM/EJC Turkey Bowl. A great time was had by all

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June 21, 2008
Weed Warriers

Ron, Portia and Deniz participated in the Weed Warriers attack on Red Sesbania (Sesbania punicea), a non-native, invasive weed now found in the American River Parkway. Removal of Red Sesbania is an environmental stewardship project of the California Native Plant Society (Sacramento Valley Chapter). If you are interested in getting involved in this project, contact Frank Wallace (Project Director), Sacramento Weed Warriors. Email: frankw2@pacbell.net

Red Sesbania removalRed Sesbania

February 6, 2008

Once again the Field Biology Group took to the arena to combat other teams at the Rec Sports Dodgeball tournament. Sadly, we did not fare well but there is always next year! Everyone had a great time.

December 17, 2007
Toys for Tots
Give a toy -- bring some joy! Once again, Field Biology Group is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. There is a collection box in the Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes Lab, Hmb 119. Collection continues until December 14, 2007.

December 11, 2007
Election of Officers

At the meeting on Tues night, coinciding with a SAFE WALKS event, the new officers were elected. Portia Cox and Deb Lytle will be serving as Co-Presidents, while Jon Medina is Treasurer and Anthony Barley will be Secretary. Anthony also volunteered to the "sports" contact for Field Biology Group this coming semester.

Past President: James Phillips
Past Vice President: Geoff Teigen
Past Treasurer: DJ Eichenberger
Past Secretary: Elif Fehm-Sullivan

November 29, 2007
EJC and NSMJC Second Annual Turkey Bowl

Once again the Field Biology Group came out to make the pins fly at the Turkey Bowl. We entered two teams this year. Both teams made it past the first round and FBG Team 1 (James, Geoff, Ron, Chris and Colin) made it to the final four, finishing in second. Once again, the NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) took first place. Everyone had a fantastic time!


The covetted Turkey Bowl Trophy


Big crowd at the Turkey Bowl
The pins go down!
Ron gets a strike
Chris and Colin
Field Biology Group shirt
Field Biology Group spirit
November 18, 2007
Whale Watching at the Farallones Islands
This was a great trip! Not only did we see some fantastic scenery -- the Farallones Islands are about 26 miles due west out of San Francisco -- we saw whales! Lots of 'em! In fact, we saw over 15 humpback whales and well over 100 dolphins (including Pacific White-sided, Northern Right Whale Dolphin, and Harbor Porpoise).

Humpback whale tail


Field Biology Group Basketball Team
Farallones Islands
Farallones Islands
James is just a little excited about going
Field Biology Group at the Farallones
Humpback whale
November 16, 2007

Field Biology once again took the courts, this time in the Rec Sports badminton tournament. Merrill, Anthony, Chris and James battled the birdie.

Badminton team

November 15, 2007

If you missed out, you are going to be sorry. This year's t-shirt is awesome. It was designed by Selina Guiterrez.



Field Biology Group Basketball Team
Farallones Islands

October 26, 2007

In the Rec Sports bowling tournament, Merrill and Anthony represented the Field Biology Group.

September 18 and 25, October 9 and 16, 2007
Indoor Soccer

The Field Biology Group is fielding a team in co-ed indoor soccer. This is a 6 on 6 tournament starting the week of September 17th. Games are Tues at 7 or 7:50 pm. Anyone interested, contact James.


September 11, 2007

The Field Biology Group got to the semi-finals in co-ed Dodgeball tournament. Hundreds of players on dozens of teams showed up. Students on opposing teams took particular pleasure in being able to throw projectiles at a professor with no grade penalty!


Dodgeball team

May 31, 2007
2006-2007 Awards

The Field Biology Group was very active this past year and we recieved a number of awards for our accomplishments.


NSMJC Club of the Year Award
Essential Pieces Award
Outstanding Performance Award
You Make a Difference Award


April 9, 2007

Our strategy of lulling our opponents into a sense of victory worked very well... they were victorious! Next time we might try a new strategy... Most importantly, everyone had a great time.


Volleyball team

March 24, 2007

A gang of brave people ventured down to the center of the Earth... blatantly ignoring the TONS AND TONS of rock above their heads...



March 20, 2007
Science Club Showcase
The Field Biology Group put on a great display in the Science Club Showcase. We showed off animals, equipment and pictures.

NSM Club Showcase

March 16, 2007
Flag Football
The first ever Field Biology Group flag football team gave it a shot. They started strong by winning the most important contest, namely who gets initial possession. But, it kind of went downhill from there... We'll get 'em next year!!

Flag Football

Flag Football

March 2, 2007
Food Drive
The Field Biology Group participated in the NSMJC food drive from March 2 to March 22. Together, we collected a total of 559 items!!!!

Food Drive

February 20, 2007
Field Biology Group dominate at the hoop!

James slams the ball


Field Biology Group Basketball Team
Team strategy
Nothing but net
Competition was fierce
February 3, 2007
Tree Planting at Goethe Park
Meet at Goethe Park, upper parking lot. This park is at the end of Rod Beaudry Drive off of Folsom Blvd. From downtown, take US 50 to Bradshaw. Go left on Bradshaw to Folsom and turn right. Go to Rod Beaudry Drive (second light) and turn left. Go to the park entrance and turn right into the upper parking lot. Wear a hat, long pants and boots or sturdy tennis shoes.
February 8, 2007
Safe Rides
For those of you not familiar with Safe Rides, here's what this is about. Our group provides 5-6 volunteers to provide rides to random inebriated CSUS students who call the Safe Rides hotline. We only need to have 3 cars (our own) out of the 5-6 volunteers. The other person rides along for support. The school reimburses for gas. Help out your fellow students and make the roads safer. Safe Rides provides pizza and soft drinks for the volunteers along with a cozy room to hang out in. Contact Geoff Teigen gteigen76@gmail.com
January 27, 2007
Muir Woods Earth Day
January 20, 2007
Snowshoeing Trip
January 6 and 15, 2007
Tree Planting
Planting cottonwood, California box elder and Oregon ash at Discovery Park.
December 18, 2006
Toys for Tots
Give a toy -- bring some joy! Thanks to generous donors, the Field Biology Group collected dozens of toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

December 14, 2006
Safe Rides
December 8, 2006
Rec Bowling
Lots of fun was had by all at the Rec & Leisure Bowling tournament at Country Club Lanes. The competition was tough!

November 30, 2006
2006 EJC & NSMJC Turkey Bowl
The crowds cheered and pins flew at Thursday night's Turkey Bowl, held at Country Club Lanes. The Field Biology Group team (James Phillips, Beth Lesar, Geoff Teigen, Colin Contino, Kevin Aceituno) captured second place in the tournament, defeating rival clubs from SALS, Geology etc. The Field Biology team started slow squeaking through the first elimination round finishing last of the teams eligible to advance. But then in the second round, the team found its pace and turned in a stellar performance far ahead of all others, allowing them to advance to the final eight. Unfortunately, the team peaked just a little early and couldn't quite catch the first place team. A great time was had by all. The Field Biology team had by far the most spirited supporters, all sporting their new Field Biology t-shirts!

November 15, 2006

November 19, 2006
Nimbus Fish Hatchery
November 11, 2006
Safe Rides
October 29, 2006
Monterey Bay Aquarium
We visited the aquarium and as a bonus, got a behind-the-scenes tour of jellyfish culturing facilities
October 7 and November 4, 2006
Weed Warriers
September 25, 2006
CSUS Aquatic Center
The trip to the CSUS Aquatic Center was a great success!