The Hi-Desert Star article can be read  here. 

The benefits and costs of cooperation in societies: perspectives from a social insect specialist.
presented by Dr. Jessica Purcell, UCR

Social insects have successfully spread into most environments on earth, and exhibit a tremendous variety of lifestyles and social structures.  It is fascinating what diversity of strategies have evolved in these tiny societies, that allow these insects to exploit resources and compete successfully from Arctic to tropical latitudes. In this lecture, Dr. Purcell will share some of her research, as well as describe new research directions that are focusing on the social life and ecology of our local desert ants.

Bring your lunch, 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 - Free for Members/Sponsors - beverages will be served.
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FREE Master Composter Training

Saturday, May 13, 2017 ---9:30 a.m.  - 1:30 p.m.
Yucca Valley Senior Center
The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grasscycing, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or for more information or to RSVP. 
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