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New Exhibit
January 5 - March 9, 2019
Through a display of more than 45 landscape photographs by Bay Area-based photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter, this traveling exhibition is a visual survey of California’s diverse and delicately-balanced ecosystems that reveals the effects of global warming and other human impacts on our native plants. A large, colorful map of the state’s diverse botanical regions and a description of each was co-created with the California Native Plant Society.Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been capturing the essence of the human spirit and the transcendent beauty of the natural world in images for over 30 years as  WinterBadger Fine Art . Their work has been featured in numerous galleries and publications including the British Museum of Natural History, American Photo, New York Times, Sunset and Washington Post, among others.
California Wildflowers and Climate Change” will continue on a statewide tour through 2019 organized by Exhibit Envoy.
Brown Bag Lecture
January 17, 2019 - noon
The Changing Wildlife and Environment of Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert
Lori Hargrove, PhD, Research Ecologist,
San Diego Natural History Museum
Joseph Grinnell and his colleagues at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, documented the fauna of Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve through site exploration primarily during the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Since 2016, the Department of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum has been resurveying these same sites, using the historic surveys as a standard for gauging more recent changes. Join Dr. Lori Hargrove for this very informative lecture and see which species of birds and mammals are moving in and which have left the Morongo Basin.
Bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series once a month. Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $ 5 or free for Museum Members/Sponsors. Beverages will be served.
We need to change the name...
of the Brown Bag Lecture.
In 2018 the Hi-Desert Nature Museum took the Pledge of Excellence with the American Alliance of Museums. Part of the pledge is a commitment to Collections Stewardship Standards.
After years of monitoring destructive insect habits and starting a successful pest eradication program the museum will eliminate all food from its galleries. This means that as of January 2019 we will not serve or allow food during the lectures.
We need your help to re-name the Brown Bag Lecture Series to something that will not involve food.
Please submit your ideas for a new lecture name here.

This lecture will be held in the CHOLLA ROOM at the Yucca Valley Community Center.
MBHS presents:
2nd Wednesday Lecture
The Folklore and Legend of Giant Rock
with Barbara Harris
as presented at
Contact in the Desert
For more information on the lecture click here .
The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s 2 nd Wednesday Lecture Series is held at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, 57090 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley.
Lecture begins at 5:30. Donation is $5.00.
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