Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California
"What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote." ~Edward Abbey
The 2019-2020 Second Friday Lecture Series continues...
Friday, December 13th at 7:00pm
"Raven Danger: The Impacts of Ravens to our Desert Species"
by Allison Fedrick
The common raven is one of the smartest birds in the world. Having been called "the ape in your backyard," it is no surprise to know that this highly adaptable bird has exceptional learning capabilities. Unfortunately, they have learned the vulnerabilities of our state reptile, the California Desert Tortoise, and have become a fierce predator. No species should matter more or less than another, but with guided conservation efforts, we residents may be able to bring two conflicting species back into a better ecosystem balance. Learn more about the challenges we face in raven over-population and desert tortoise population depletion. With more knowledge, practical application, and a vigilant eye, we may be able to save the California Desert Tortoise without too much harm to our feathered friends.
Allison Fedrick is a Conservation Outreach Coordinator and Animal Care Keeper for The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Desert, CA. Allison works specifically to improve humane raven mitigation efforts while building awareness about the critical circumstances so many desert species are facing due to habitat loss, disease, and predation. While caring for animals at the zoo, Allison also travels beyond the zoo gates to share information that may affect the wildlife in one's own backyard. A graduate from UCLA and Claremont Graduate University, Allison is now strengthening her education for in situ animal conservation.
Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, December 13th at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Optional dinner with speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, reservations are limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP at 760-367-5537 before Wednesday, December 11th.
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