St. George, Utah—Every Friday, the Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Forest Service host the popular Brown Bag Lecture series. The lectures provide unique opportunities for the public to learn more about the area’s natural resources and public lands. Speakers include geologists, range specialists, biologists, archaeologists, rangers and others who delve more deeply into subjects tied to the Arizona Strip and surrounding public lands. The lectures bring the resources and public lands issues to the community’s doorstep, benefiting those who want to learn more about the region’s remote and rugged landscapes, cultures and people.
The lectures, which begin at noon and last one hour, are held at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, Utah. Admission is free, but space is limited for this popular lecture series. To obtain tickets visit the Interagency Information Center or call 435-688-3200.
April 10 Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Law Enforcement Ranger Jason Bulkley will discuss OHV regulations on the Monument and the Arizona Strip.
April 17 Mike Small, retired BLM Arizona Strip District wildlife biologist, will speak about the initial and forthcoming California condor releases held each September on the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. As of June 30, 2014, there were 71 condors in the wild in the rugged canyonlands of northern Arizona and southern Utah. The world’s total population of endangered California condors numbers 439, with more than half of them in the wild in Arizona, Utah, California, and Mexico. The wild California condor population declined to just 22 individuals in the 1980s when the condor recovery program was initiated to save the species from extinction. The recovery effort is a cooperative program by federal, state, and private partners, including The Peregrine Fund, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Strip Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, Grand Canyon and Zion national parks, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Kaibab and Dixie national forests.
April 24 Meet the board of directors for the Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (DASIA) and learn more from the board about this nonprofit organization’s mission to garner greater understanding of the Arizona Strip and Southern Utah’s history and natural resources. For more information about this organization go to https://www.d-asia.org/
Interested in what lives in Great Basin National Park? Come explore your National Park by helping ecologists identify old and new species by participating in our yearly BioBlitz program.
A Bioblitz is a short term event to learn about the biodiversity of an area. In Great Basin National Park, we are focusing on one order on invertebrates each year over a 24-48 hour period. This snapshot view helps us look at many different habitats over the same time period and helps us to look at many different habitats over the same time period and helps us to better understand what lives in the park. The next BioBlitz is scheduled for May 15-17, 2015.
Great Basin National Park will be holding a Stream Insects BioBlitz Friday through Sunday, May 15-17, 2015. Come join Dr. Boris Kondratieff from Colorado State University and other specialists in Ephemeroptera (Mayflies), Plecoptera (Stoneflies), and Trichoptera (Caddisflies).This fun-filled, family-friendly effort will help document selected insects that live in the streams in the park. The BioBlitz will include a workshop about the natural history of stream insects, evening light trap collections, guided hikes to streams with collecting and photography opportunities, and guidance identification. To be added to the mailing list for the BioBlitz and receive updates, please e-mail us or call 775-234-7541.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Nevada Naturalist Program presents Desert Tortoises: issues and solutions on February 12 at 7 p.m.
Join Jim Cornall, executive director, and Janina Little, adoption coordinator, Tortoise Group, at this free event as they discuss issues facing desert tortoises including: “backyard breeding;” why pet and wild desert tortoises don’t mix; and challenges facing tortoises that are introduced back into the wild.
The 2015 Lecture Series will be held at the Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, email or call Denise Parsons at 702-948-5906.
The Sacramento-Shasta Chapter of The Wildlife Society will be hosting a workshop about sandhill cranes in Elk Grove California with an add-on field option February 17-18th, 2015. The workshop will be taught by species researchers, California State agency personnel, and Federal agency personnel. Topics include life history, regulatory requirements and protections, research and management, and survey protocols and techniques.
The Sacramento-Shasta Chapter of TWS was first organized in July 1966. They serve members in 23 counties of California and encompass a large range of ecosystems. To learn more about this chapter of TWS visit their website and Facebook page.
Early registration rates ($175 Members, $195 Non-members, $95 Students with additional costs for the field session) are available until February 2, 2015. Afterwards, rates will increase for members and non-members. For more information and to register click here. If you have questions please contact email@example.com or Melinda Dorin Bradbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more here: http://wildlife.org/sandhill-cranes-workshop/
Join University of Nevada Cooperative Extension on Saturday, February 14 for a workshop on Gardening in Small Places: vegetables from 8 a.m. to noon. The class, taught by Dr. Angela O’Callaghan, is designed to show you how to make the most of your small space. Topics for the vegetables workshop include types of containers to use, differences in potting mixes, using artificial light, fertilizers, success with seeds and more. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.
Class space is limited and pre-registration is required. There is a $25 fee which includes class materials.
To register for the workshop held at the Lifelong Learning Center (8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev.) email or call Elaine Fagin at 702-257-5573 or register online at Eventbrite.com.
Upcoming Gardening in Small Places workshop dates are March 14, composting, April 4, irrigation, May 9, what’s bugging your garden and June 13, organic gardening.
Celebrate the third annual Geologic Map Day! On October 17, as a part of the Earth Science Week 2014 activities, join leading geoscience organizations in promoting awareness of the importance of geologic mapping to society.
Geologic maps are vital to education, science, business, and public policy concerns. Geologic Map Day will focus the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the study, uses, and significance of these tools, by engaging audiences through educational activities, print materials, online resources, and public outreach opportunities.
Be sure to check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in this year’s Earth Science Week Toolkit. The poster and other materials in the kit show how geologic maps can be used to understand natural hazards as well as providing step-by-step instructions for a related classroom activity focusing on the Grand Canyon. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the Geologic Map Day web page.
Geologic Map Day partners include the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, and Esri.
To learn more, please visit www.earthsciweek.org/. To order your Toolkits, please visit www.earthsciweek.org/materials/. You may also call AGI Publications to place your order at 703-379-2480.
For more information, go to: http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologicmap/
The Nevada Recycles program has partnered with Las Vegas Sands Corp. to support a statewide recycled art contest to increase Nevadans’ awareness and interest in recycling. Entrants must be Nevada residents and projects must be composed of used recyclable materials. Submission of entry form and photos of artwork are due by October 31, 2014.
In addition to a $200 prize to the first place class project, Las Vegas Sands Corp. will provide first, second and third ($250, $100, and $50 respectively) prizes in four categories: Kindergarten-grade 5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12 and Adult.
Materials that can be used include, but are not limited to: tires, electronics, appliances, plastic bags, bottles, batteries and aluminum cans. Fastening materials may include tape, glue and/or string.
In 2013, Nevada’s recycling rate was 25%. Based on residential and commercial sector data, Nevadans (including the influence of the tourist population) throw away about 5.7 pounds of trash, per person, per day. That’s approximately three million tons of trash that goes to a landfill every year.
“Recycling is the easiest thing we can do to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs,” said Rene Braña, Sustainability Manager for Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Global Sustainability Strategy, Eco 360˚.
Winners will be announced prior to America Recycles Day, November 15. More information about the contest and submission guidelines is available at NevadaRecycles.nv.gov.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension invites residents to attend the first-ever Nevada Naturalist Statewide Conference being held at the Clark County Wetlands Park. The conference is scheduled from September 18 to September 20.
The event is being held at the new Wetlands Park Nature Center located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, Las Vegas, Nev. and includes various breakout sessions and workshops highlighting Nevada’s 150 year cultural and environmental history.
Mark Hall-Patton, Museums Administrator for Clark County Museum System and a “Rock-Star Museum Curator” of the History Channel Show, "Pawn Stars," will be a featured speaker discussing “Nevada’s Sesquicentennial: But Not Ours!"
Keynote speaker, Dr. Scott Abella, Director and Ecologist of the Natural Resources Conservation LLC, will present a 30-year assessment of climate change and vegetation shifts in Lake Mead National Recreation Area and changes to vegetation and soil associated with continued recession of Lake Mead.
Breakout sessions will be presented by notable historians and speakers from around the state. Topics include: "Mustangs: Symbol of the Wild West"; key conservation successes and projects of the Nature Conservancy in Nevada; hiking with your ears; tackling tough issues through a facilitated dialogue; Best Practices for Environmental Education Mini Workshop: Cultural Resources in Nevada; Nevada Tribes: Native Plant Uses in Basketry; and more.
In addition, there will be morning yoga, a silent auction, a night hike and a chance to chat with volunteer coordinators from various local agencies.
Full conference registration is $150.00.
Learn more here: http://www.unce.unr.edu/news/article.asp?ID=1973
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is sponsoring a two-day introduction to fly fishing clinic starting on Thursday, August 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continuing on Saturday August 16, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. This clinic is designed for entry-level fly anglers and is free to all participants. The class is limited to the first 10 who sign up. Participants must attend both days of this clinic.
What - Class is geared for entry-level fly anglers. We will cover equipment, knot tying, and demonstrate techniques for fly fishing still water. Additional information will be on float tube safety and entomology.
When - Thursday, August 14, 2014, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Saturday August 16, 2014, starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m.
Where - Thursday – Elko City Park Saturday- Angel Lake, class will be meeting at NDOW Office at 7 a.m.
Sign-up - For registration and more information call the Department of Wildlife at 775-777-2305.
Ages - Minimum 12 years of age. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring - Participants are requested to provide their own tackle. A limited number of rods are available for use by those who do not have their own fishing equipment. Float tubes and waders are also available for loan.
Note: A fishing license is required for those 12 years of age and older.
Cost - Free
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