BROWN BAG LUNCH LECTURE - February 15, 2018
Living on the Edge, San Bernardino Kangaroo Rats
and Fire, Floods, and Development
presented by Geary Hund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat, lives in a unique and dynamic environment, the habitat which forms in river bottoms between floods. This survival strategy ensures that its habitat will be refreshed from time to time by flooding and may reduce competition from other animals, but it also means that it lives in constant risk of being flooded out of house and home.  Find out how this resilient, adaptable, animal, and the plants and animals it coexists with, are managing in an ever changing environment and what its prospects are for the future.
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  or free for Museum Members/Sponsors.  Beverages will be served.

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CNPS -Lecture
February 2, 2018
6:00 p.m.

A flora of the Bighorn Mountains Wilderness, San Bernardino County
  presented by Naomi Fraga Ph.D.  
The Bighorn Mountain Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1994 as a part of the California Desert Protection Act in part due to its transitional nature from desert to montane habitats. The Bighorn Mountain Wilderness represented a geographic gap in botanical exploration and knowledge. Surveys conducted have emphasized the distribution of non-native and special status plants to inform management efforts and stewardship of the wilderness. In this presentation, botanist Naomi Fraga will provide an overview of the flora of the Bighorn Mountain Wilderness including some of the rare plants and habitats.  
Naomi Fraga is Director of Conservation Programs at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA. Her research interests include systematics of monkeyflowers, plant geography, conservation biology, and pollination biology. She is particularly interested in the flora of the Mojave Desert and Transverse Ranges in southern California. Naomi received her Ph.D. in Botany from Claremont Graduate University and she also holds a M.S. in Botany from Claremont Graduate University and a B.S. in Botany and Biology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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