ST. GEORGE – The Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service-sponsored lecture series continues throughout March 2011 and will feature an exciting line of up engaging presentations. The one-hour Brown Bag Lecture, series, which takes place at noon each Friday, provides an opportunity to learn more about the prehistory, geology, forestry, biology, and current events of the Arizona Strip and neighboring landscapes.
The noon-time lecture series is hosted at the Interagency Visitor Center, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, Utah. Admission is free, but space is limited for this popular lecture series. Participants should obtain free tickets in advance from the Interagency Information Center to reserve a seat to these popular lectures. For more information about the upcoming lectures call the Interagency Visitor Center at 435-688-3200.
March 2011 Brown Bag Programs
March 4: Ranger Grand Canyon National Park Ranger Todd Seliga presents, “Living on the Edge.” Ranger Seliga shares experiences about his time at his remote duty station, “an island of solitude and beauty,” on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Join Ranger Seliga for an arm-chair journey and look at this exotic and historic spot, a remote post that beckons to only the most adventurous spirits. Today, Ranger Seliga fills the legendary post first held by Ranger John Riffey.
March 11: Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Archeologist David Van Alfen shares stories of, “The Paiutes and Prehistory.” Van Alfen discusses just a few of the possible historic roots of the Paiute people and entertains decade-old questions such as; Are the Paiute people of today descendants of prehistoric Puebloans, or did they migrate to this area from elsewhere and displace prehistoric Puebloans? How can we tell? Examine the science and learn more of the sensitivities surrounding this discussion with Archeologist Van Alfen.
March 18: Biologist and Educator, Marshall Topham presents, “Venomous Dwellers of the Desert!” Join Topham as he answers the most pressing questions about the regions’ reptiles. Which desert dwellers pose a true potential health threat, and which ones have an undeserved reputation? You just might be surprised. Join Marshall Topham as he shares the real stories behind these ubiquitous creatures. Learn more about their behaviors, how to protect yourself while outdoors, and when to seek medical treatment in case of bites.
March 25: Volunteer and Modern Explorer, Paul Furr shares his stories of, “Jeeping Fun Places.” Furr’s method of enjoyment and appreciation of the many of the wonders of Color Country is exploring remote landscapes via four-wheel-drive vehicle. Join Furr, a BLM and D/ASIA volunteer, in a journey to the picturesque backcountry lands of Southern Utah and the Arizona Strip.