MBHS presents – February 10, 2016

“Reptiles of the Morongo Basin”

Herpetologist, Robert Black will speak about habitats, range, and how to identify reptiles in the Morongo Basin.

He will discuss how reptiles have adapted to the extremes of our high desert ecosystem. Bring your questions about lizards, snakes and desert tortoises. *

Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society’s 2nd Wednesday Lecture Series which is held at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Yucca Valley 57116 29 Palms Hwy. Lecture begins at 5:30. Donation is $5.00.

*As a follow up, on April 9 Robert is leading a trip to locate and identify reptiles in the field.

Contact Claudia to sign up: cj61464@gmail.com or 760-366-7896.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – February 18, 2016

The Secret World of Bats

presented by Dustin Brewton, Neuroscience PhD Candidate UC Riverside

It is no surprise that bats are among the most misunderstood groups of animals in the animal kingdom. They live out of view during the daytime, only emerging at night to forage. Even then, they pass overhead imperceptibly. However, bats are also among the most important groups of animals to their ecosystems. Understanding their role in the environment that they live in is hugely important. Here in the American Southwestern desert ecosystem, bats play a key part in pest control and even pollination. This talk will focus on the many species of bats native to the American Southwest. Within this region, there are many bat species that fill a variety of ecological niches, diversifying themselves in their roosting behaviors, overwintering strategies, and foraging methods. Particular attention will be given to how scientists and conservationists study bats in their natural environment to learn this information and to keep track of the status of each bat species.

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 -  beverages will be served.