Learn about California condors, discover dinosaurs through ‘Brown Bag Lecture’ series

Inset photo is a 2011 St. George file photo showing a California condor stretching its wings. Location and date not specified. | Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources; image composite St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The “Brown Bag Lecture” series offers two remaining lectures in November, one on California condors and the other on the Dinosaur Discovery Site in St. George. 

A condor chick in the rear of the nesting cavity, date and location not specified. | Photo courtesy of The Peregrine Fund/Zion National Park, St. George News
This June 2014 file photo shows a condor chick in the rear of the nesting cavity, date and location not specified. In December 2014 biologists determined the chick had died. | Photo courtesy of The Peregrine Fund/Zion National Park, St. George News

The Bureau of Land Management and its partners host the popular one-hour lectures on Fridays beginning at noon. These offer unique opportunities for members of the public to learn more about natural resources and public lands in Southern Utah and the Arizona Strip.

The lectures are free but popular. Reserve seats one week prior to each program. Tickets are available at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George, or by telephoning 435-688-3200

Nov. 18 – California Condors with lecturer Janette Perez-Jimenez

The Nov. 18 lecture will involve what planners expect to be a fascinating discussion about endangered California condors (Gymnogyps californianus).

The lecture will be delivered by Perez-Jimenez, a Condor intern with the National Park Service who is currently working at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and previously worked at Pinnacles National Park in California and other locations in California and Oregon.

Those attending will learn about the many efforts state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations have made resulting in significant recovery numbers of this bird. 

Kimber Bringhurst and boys inspect dinosaur natural tracks casting, Dinosaur Discovery Site, St. George, Utah, Oct. 31, 2016 | Photo by and courtesy of Jim Lillywhite, St. George News
In this October 2016 file photo, Kimber Bringhurst and boys inspect dinosaur natural tracks casting at the Dinosaur Discovery Site, St. George, Utah, Oct. 31, 2016 | Photo by and courtesy of Jim Lillywhite, St. George News

Nov. 25 – Dinosaur Discovery Site with lecturer Diana Azevedo

The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm houses exceptionally well-preserved dinosaur tracks, fossil fish and plants, rare dinosaur remains, invertebrate traces and important sedimentary structures.

This site is described by many paleontologists as “one of the ten best dinosaur track sites in the world,” according to the Interagency Center’s news release, and is one of the most important discoveries in Early Jurassic paleontological history.

Azavedo, director of the Discovery Site will deliver this lecture.

Read more: Dinosaur day; unearthing ancient Lake Dixie, swimming dinosaurs.

About the Brown Bag Lecture series

Speakers include geologists, range specialists, biologists, archaeologists, rangers and other specialists who cover subjects tied to the Arizona Strip and surrounding public lands.

For those who want to learn more before venturing out or are curious about these remote and rugged landscapes, the lectures are an excellent way to bring the resources and related issues to the community’s doorstep.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, BLM, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service and is held at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George. Lectures begin at noon and last one hour. Advance seat-registration is advised and may be done at the Interagency Information Center in St. George.

Event details

  • What: Two Brown Bag Lectures, one on California Condors, the other on the Dinosaur Discovery Site.
  • When: Successive Fridays, Nov. 18 and 25.
  • Where: Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George | Telephone 435-688-3200.
  • Cost: Free but advance seat reservations are advised as space is limited.

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4 Comments

  • wilbur November 13, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I hear those condors taste just like chicken.

    • Bob November 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      well, with a name like wilbur… by chance are u a horse?

      • .... November 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm

        With a name like Bob no doubt you’re an idiot !

  • .... November 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I would love to go but I’m to busy with all my free time because I don’t have to work for a living !

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