About the ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series

All lectures are held at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.  For more information, call (760) 767-3098. Refreshments served following the program.  No charge to ABDNHA Members. For nonmembers, there is a $10.00 fee at the door, which may be applied to a new membership in ABDNHA.

ABDNHA 46TH Annual Desert Lecture Series

Nov. 24 Fri.,  7:00 p.m.  Meet the Speaker   7:30 Lecture
Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias
Author: Michael Wilken-Robertson

Anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson’s research and advocacy work with native Baja Californians has explored traditional arts, ethnobotany, history, languages, and cultural landscapes of these indigenous peoples.   For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay people of northern Baja California and southern California made their homes in the diverse landscapes of the region, interacting with native plants and continuously refining their botanical knowledge. Wilken-Robertsons new book Kumeyaay Ethnobotany,  explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias through in-depth descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds of vivid photographs.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  In the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center.  Space available on first-come-first-serve basis.  Free for ABDNHA Members, all others $10



Jan. 26 Fri.,  7:00 p.m.  Meet the Speaker   7:30 Lecture
The Reality of Climate Change
Speaker: Retired Admiral Len Hering

Currently Executive Director of the California Center for Sustainable Energy, Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. (U.S. Navy, retired), is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. When he retired from the navy in 2009 he was noted as one of the Navy’s top experts in base operations and facility support with an emphasis on sustainability and the environment, having built a team recognized throughout the Department of Defense as the best in environmental protection and sustainable innovation.  His passion in sustainability is educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to secure the nation’s energy independence and to preserve water, air quality and other resources. In the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center.  Space available on first-come-first-serve basis.  Free for ABDNHA Members, all others $10


Feb. 23 Fri., 7:00 p.m.  Meet the Speaker   7:30 Lecture
The Reptiles of San Diego County
Speaker: Jeff Lemm, San Diego Zoo Global Conservation Program

Author of Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego Region, Jeff currently manages the Griffin Reptile Conservation Center at the San Diego Zoo, where he works as a Conservation Program Specialist in Population Sustainability.  As a herpetologist, Jeff works to study and conserve native California reptiles and amphibians. He has studied the ecology and movement patterns of many species, including helping to develop the breeding and reintroduction program for the critically endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. 

His program tonight focuses on the diversity of reptiles and amphibians that are found within San Diego Coutny.. In the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center.  Space available on first-come-first-serve basis.  Free for ABDNHA Members, all others $10



Mar 23, Fri  7:00 p.m.  Meet the Speaker   7:30 Lecure
The Hummingbird and the Ocotillo
Speaker: Ecologist, Author, Researcher James Cornett

James Cornett has extensive research experience throughout the southwest deserts and is well known to ABDNHA members for his entertaining and informative lectures about the special adaptations of desert life and the interrelationships between living things.  In tonight’s lecture Jim speaks about the relationships between the hummingbird and the ocotillo.  In the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center.  Space available on first-come-first-serve basis.  Free for ABDNHA Members, all others $10



 

Apr. 13, Fri  7:00 p.m.  Meet the Speaker   7:30 Lecure
The Mighty Colorado River: From The Glaciers To The Gulf
Author: Jim Turner

Turner is an historian, author, and public speaker from Arizona, where he learned how important water is in the American West. His book describes how dependent we are upon the Colorado River, as well as the wildlife refuges, recreation areas, and cities along its length. He also takes the time to describe its natural and human history. This human history, of course, would not be complete without the description of the dams, irrigation, and flood control projects along its length.  Turner has, in fact, produced a wonderful biography of of this river, with gorgeous photography, following its flow from the headwaters to the Gulf of California, beginning with its main tributary, the Green River.  More than 50 rivers and streams from seven states feed the Colorado River, from the snow-capped peaks to the scarred red-rock deserts, while also providing water for tens of millions of people downstream.  Join Jim Turner as he tells the story of this river.  In the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center.  Space available on first-come-first-serve basis.  Free for ABDNHA Members, all others $10


 

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