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Blue Oak Ranch Reserve as a Wireless Hotspot

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Surveying the University’s new, 3,260-acre Blue Oak Ranch Reserve near San Jose, California, faculty director Todd Dawson, professor of environmental science, policy and management, and reserve director Mike Hamilton envision a network of wireless sensors that will stream real-time data on everything from soil moisture and temperature to the humidity in the tree canopies. The network would include webcams to monitor daytime and nighttime wildlife movement, the leafing-out of trees, and even the contents of nests and bat boxes. The reserve is home to mature gnarled blue oaks, valley oaks, and two species of live oak, as well as endangered California tiger salamanders, foothill yellowlegged frogs, native trout, and river otters.

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