THESE LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NO RESERVATION NECESSARY.
TUCSON - October through May, second Monday of the month, 7:00 pm | Season schedule
LOCATION: Amethyst Room at Pima Community College's Downtown Campus on 1255 N. Stone Ave (NW Corner of Speedway and Stone). Easy parking! See map
March 10, 2014; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Lambs or Lions? Grouse or Fox? -- The Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation
with Trica Oshant Hawkins, Education Director, Environmental Education Exchange
When conservation decisions have to be made regarding the health of a wild population, when is it appropriate to “choose” one species over another? Sage grouse or red fox? Golden eagles or antelope? Bighorn sheep or mountain lions? How do these decisions take into account the human dimension? Can we use ethics as a tool to guide conservation efforts? Trica will weigh the biological and ethical dimensions of wildlife management as she reviews several case studies that highlight the complex issues of avian and mammalian conservation, with a focus on our newly reintroduced population of bighorn sheep into the Catalina Mountains.
GREEN VALLEY - November through April, first Saturday of the month, 10:00 am
WE ARE AT NEW VENUE THIS SEASON! Green Valley Recreation's Desert Hills Social Center, 2980 S. Camino Del Sol. See map
March 1, 2014; 10:00am - 11:00am
Where the Deer and the Antelope USED to Play
with John Millican, Arizona Antelope Foundation Field/ProjectManager
How does a Pronghorn cross miles of fenced off grassland? Ask the Arizona Antelope Foundation! John will give an overview of the projects currently being managed by his organization, specifically the Southeastern Arizona Pronghorn Enhancement project. He will highlight the work that is being done to modifying existing fencing in an effort to create necessary travel corridors and promote healthy populations for Pronghorn, Black Tailed Prairie Dog and a variety of other grassland dependent species.
April 5, 2014; 10:00am - 11:00am
Celebrating the Ornaments of Life
with Dr. Theodore H. Fleming, Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of Miami
The average kilometer of tropical rainforest is teeming with life; it contains thousands of species of plants and animals. As Ted Fleming’s new book, “The Ornaments of Life” reveals, many of the most colorful and eye-catching rainforest inhabitants—toucans, monkeys, leaf-nosed bats, and hummingbirds to name a few—are an important component of the infrastructure that supports life in the forest. Join Ted as he illustrates the striking beauty of these “ornaments” of the rainforest through breathtaking slides. He will highlight the importance of these animals in the tropical ecosystem, shed light on how the relationship between these plants and animals evolved, and discuss the current conservation status of these essential species. There will be a book signing of his latest book, co-authored with W. John Kress, “The Ornaments of Life: Coevolution and Conservation in the Tropics” after the lecture.