• Chris Wemmer& Bill Wilson

  • June 18-23, 2017
  • Workshop
  • $397
  • Class Open

  • Request registration information by emailing sfsu.snfc@gmail.com. Please include the keywords "Mammals" in the subject line.

Mammals of the Sierra Nevada


The workshop will cover the classification and diagnostic features of the 6 orders and families of Sierra Nevada mammals, excluding bats, which are treated in a separate course. It will focus on comparative natural history and the adaptations that make survival possible in the climatic extremes of the Sierra Nevada. It will also address environmental change in the Sierra Nevada due to human influence, including extinctions and species recovery.


Dr. Chris Wemmer

Chris Wemmer is a retired zoologist from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park where he directed the Conservation & Research Center for 30 years. He has used camera traps in the US and in SE Asia as teaching tools, and to survey wildlife and search for endangered species. His blog is about past adventures in the field and recent camera trap surveys in the western US.

  • Honorary Fellow, California Academy of Sciences
  • Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
E. William "Bill" Wilson

Bill Wilson is a biologist with a MA in Mammalogy from CSU Chico. He is an Emeritus Community College Instructor at Modesto Junior College.  Bill has taught high school science, Renewable Energy and Computer Science for 37 years and has co-authored two books on the Wildflowers and the Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer counties.  He spent his childhood in the Sequoia-Kings Canyon part of the the Sierra Nevada.  He is currently retired and lives and camera traps in the Grass Valley/ Nevada City area of the Sierra Nevada


Plan to arrive at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus on Sunday. Introductions and orientation will take place that evening at 7:30. The class will begin at 7:30 AM on Monday. Lectures and discussions will take place in the field or in the evening. The class will end at noon on Friday.


Field gear

  • small notebook & pen/pencil
  • sturdy shoes/boots
  • binoculars
  • camera (optional)

Camping gear


Although days are generally warm, or even hot at lower elevations, be prepared for temperatures as low as freezing at night. Variable weather clothing that may be layered is best. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, warm sweater and jacket, t-shirt and shorts or skirt, tennis shoes or hiking boots, sun hat, rain gear, and a warm hat or gloves for cold weather or night activities.


  • day pack
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • sunhat
  • insect repellant
  • alarm clock
  • plastic containers for packed lunches

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