Education & Outreach Programs

Potluck & Presentations: Living Gently on the Land

Back by popular demand!

Potluck and Presentations are back!

Living Gently on the Land

Clear blue sky, open spaces, wildlife at your doorstep – all great reasons to move to Arizona and build your dream home!  However, as the human population of Arizona grows, habitat for wildlife is being degraded and destroyed. The Southwest is quite different from other parts of the U.S., and cultural practices that work elsewhere may cause long lasting or permanent negative impacts on the land and its inhabitants.  By respecting the needs and nature of native plants and animals, we can lessen the negative impacts, and at the same time enrich our lives immeasurably.

If you want to conserve native wildlife and habitat, “Living Gently on the Land” will help you understand and protect the plants, animals and landscapes of the Southwest. This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, through Audubon-At-Home.

We are so happy to announce that our Living Gently on the Land series will continue begining Friday January 13, 2023. Be sure to keep an eye on our website and your email for more information on this seasons speakers. We're really excited to have you all back out.

Friday January 13, 2023      John Palting, PhD entomologist     "Flight to Light - why nocturnal insects are attracted to lights"

Friday February 10, 2023   Jeff Sorensen, Invertebrate Wildlife Program Manager AZGFD     "Get to Know Your Slimy Neighbors - Desert Snails in Arizona" 

Most folks would never have guessed, but Arizona has a rich diversity of native mollusks--about 200 species across the state! From tiny springsnails to quarter-sized talussnails, our mollusk species are found from low desert hills and canyons up into the forested highlands and sky islands. Most of our snail populations are relics of the last ice age, or perhaps even longer. Jeff Sorensen--"the Snail Guy" with Arizona Game and Fish Department--will provide an introduction to our smallest neighbors and discuss their life history, habitat, threats, and conservation needs.

Friday March 10, 2023    Save The Date

Friday April  14, 2023     Geology

Friday May  5, 2023       NAU Souther Lab - Save the Date

RSVP required. Events begin at 5pm, chow line opens at 5:30 and presentations to immediately follow around 6:30. Please bring a dish to share, we will provide tea, coffee and table settings. 

Contact swilcox@audubon.org 

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