California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
Monday July 10
Keying Club 5:00 pm
Presentation 7:30 pm

UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz


Fred McPherson
Natural History Video Documentation in the Study of Local Native Plants

Join local videographer Fred McPherson as he shares his insightful and entertaining documentary, "Getting to Know Our Watershed: Fall Creek", co-authored by his wife, Roberta McPherson, and funded by an educational grant from the San Lorenzo Valley Water District. Fred will also be sharing Roberta's mystery short feature presented for the first time anywhere, called "A Decade of Seasons in the San Lorenzo Valley."

Biologist Fred McPherson has been actively working on conservation efforts of the San Lorenzo River and its watershed for over forty years. Throughout this time, he has taught numerous classes at UCSC and in the San Lorenzo Valley about the ecology and natural history of the Santa Cruz Mountains as well as the San Lorenzo River and its watershed. Fred has expanded his passion for teaching about the fascinating worlds of biology, geology, and natural history to making video documentaries in order to share his extensive knowledge with a broader audience. Fred received his PhD in 1976 focusing on the differences between how people perceived and used the upper San Lorenzo River compared with the lower river. He has served as President for the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. As a writer and editor, Roberta McPherson loves weaving together the many fantastic video images Fred shoots to tell an engaging story.

Together, Fred and Roberta have produced numerous videos including the following:
- A Fish Tale for Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitor Center
- The Wonders of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
- Introduction to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge
- Eye of the Flycatcher

Their videos have been shown in the Santa Cruz Film Festival, the Henry Cowell Natural History Film Festival, and to the docents at Henry Cowell and Natural Bridges State Parks, at public meetings of the California Native Plant Society, and the Watershed Conference of the Valley Women's Club.

More of Fred and Roberta's videos are available at their Santa Cruz Mountains Natural History Youtube channel at