Mar. 6, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Lecture: Plant Sex:
Everything You Didn’t Even Know to Ask about Sex in the Desert
Speaker: Botanist Kate Harper
Human sex and plant sex have
surprising comparisons—and even more surprising differences! Come
experience a racy romp through the world of plant sex with botanist Kate
Harper. NM $12; M $8; V $7. (See related field trip on Mar. 7.)
Mar. 7, Sat., 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Plant Sex Field Trip
Leader: Botanist Kate Harper
This follow-up on last night’s
lecture will pull open the curtains on the sex lives of desert plants
with a show and tell field trip to reveal the details of their sexual
exploits. No charge, but lecturer wishes to restrict participation to
those who have attended the previous night’s lecture. Limited space,
call to reserve.
Mar. 7, Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
How to Garden
Successfully: Talk & Workshop
Instructor: Connie Beck, Expert
Gardener and Horticulturist
Learn professional techniques
for successful planting for both native desert plants and exotics,
including vegetable beds. Techniques discussed include potting up
plants, fertilizing, mulching, water and irrigation, and pointers on
design and plant selection. Connie will discuss recommended mulches,
fertilizers, soil mixes, containers, and irrigation parts. Bring
notepad. Peat pots provided. Dress for outdoors. Connie has been in
charge of the California Native Plant Society propagation workshop for
several years. Reserve online or call 760-767-3098 NM $20; M $15; V $13.
Mar. 7, Sat., 12:00 Noon – 2 p.m.
Plant & Flower Walk
Leaders: Mike and Jan Bigelow, ABDNHA Volunteers
the ABDNHA Library, and we will head to a nearby location for an easy
walk that will include flower and plant identification. No charge. Space
limited, call to reserve.
Mar. 7, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
in Honey Bees, the Code within the Dance
Speaker: Bahram Kheradmand,
UCSD PhD Candidate
The language of honey bees, comprised of
waggles, bumps, and a complex series of dance steps, is very much a
language, a system of communication, and is one of the finest examples
of how scientists have deciphered the way another species tell each
other what they need to know. A delicate dance within the hive conveys
essential information. How is all that information stored in the tiny
brain of a honey bee? How do they keep the hive organized? Bahram’s
research at the UCSD is uncovering that story. At the ABDNHA Library.
Call to reserve, or abdnha.org. NM $12; M $8; V $7.
Mar. 8, Sun., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Plant & Flower Walk
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer
Meet at the ABDNHA
library for an easy walk-hike in Little Surprise Canyon to see and
identify whatever is in bloom. Limited space; call to reserve. No
Mar. 8, Sun., 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Program: Petrified Wood of
the Colorado Desert
Presenter: Tom Spinks, Paleontology Volunteer
About 2.5 to 4 million years ago, walnut trees, ash, bay
laurel, and avocado trees grew in the land now known as Anza-Borrego.
Fossil woods from this time period are proof of the climate that once
existed here. Other fossil woods have been carried here by the ancient
Colorado River. Tom Spinks, volunteer with the Anza-Borrego Paleo
Society, explains the work relating to fossil woods done here in the
past and work he is doing now. At the ABDNHA Library. NM $12; M
$8; V $7. Reserve online or call 760-767-3098.