Wild Coachella Lecture Series
6 p.m. May 20: Coachella Valley — A Pit of Snakes!
Coachella Valley: A Pit of Snakes! will discuss the role snakes play in local ecosystems and why that matters to local residents, and how to spot and safely observe snakes, as well as introduce viewers to many of the local species that can be found in the Coachella Valley. There will also be some snake trivia (just for fun) at the end!
About the speaker: Paisley Ramstead is a lifelong Palm Springs resident, a College of the Desert student, field biologist for UCR Center for Conservation Biology, and a (mostly) self-taught hobby herpetologist. She has spent countless hours learning about and observing Coachella Valley’s native reptiles, and in 2020 she created the Palm Springs Reptile Appreciation page on Facebook as a community resource to help Coachella Valley residents safely identify and coexist with our scaly neighbors.
6 p.m. June 9: Conserving cougars and corridors in urbanizing Southern California
Don't miss this look at wildlife corridors in Southern California and the conservation of cougars.
About the speaker: After he documented that young cougars find and use habitat corridors to maintain gene flow among mountain ranges in urban Southern California, Paul Beier has worked for over 30 years to design and conserve wildlife corridors. Much of that time has been spent as Regents’ Professor of Conservation Biology at NAU. As trail steward for a half mile of the Sinclair Wash Trail, Beier maintains the trail, the wash, and the adjacent Flagstaff Labyrinth, and kills scotch thistle rim to rim. An avid contra dancer, gardener, and trail runner, he has taken 28 annual backpack trips with his daughter, Celia, and 26 trips with his daughter, Michele.