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MIC Lecture Series

Moab Information Center 2022 Lecture Series

Join us Thursdays at 5pm at the Moab Information Center for our lecture series!

Lecture Dates

June 23 | “Ecological Interactions between Mountain Goats and American Pikas” by Mallory Sandoval Lambert

Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) and American pikas (Ochotona princeps) are naturally co-occurring across most of their overlapping distributions in western N. America. The southern limit of the natural range of mountain goats is in Idaho, whereas American pikas occur naturally as far south as New Mexico. However, the mountain goat range has been extended southwards with the establishment of translocated subpopulations in Utah and Colorado. These mountain goats now share habitat with pikas, providing an opportunity to study potential ecological interactions between these two alpine specialists near the southern limits of their current ranges. Join Mallory Sandoval Lambert as she talks about how her research is exploring this previously unstudied system through field-based experimentation, with a focus on the La Sal Mountains in southern Utah.

July 7 | “The Old Colorful Land” by Joel Tuhy

The Colorado Plateau, with Moab at its heart, is a region of great beauty and magnificence that attracts visitors from all over the world. But, beauty and magnificence are not its only attributes. The Colorado Plateau is also a region of oldness and stability. Oldness means being of great age, and stability means not being prone to rapid change, at least when left alone. This presentation looks as how oldness and stability are expressed on the Colorado Plateau. Can he make that interesting? Come see for yourself!

July 14 | “Geology of Canyonlands” by Rhodes Smartt 

Have you ever wondered how Canyonlands was formed? National Park ranger and geologist Rhodes Smartt will take us on a journey through the geologic history of Canyonlands National Park. He will discuss the geology of the greater Colorado Plateau area and the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands and how it’s unique geology led to uranium mining. Join us for an evening of geologic exploration!

Lecture Dates (continued)

August 11 | “Soundscapes: How Noise Pollution Influences Wildlife Patterns and Visitor Experience within Canyonlands National Park” by Robert Anderson

Beep beep beep! Tweet tweet! Sounds are all around us and play an important role in our experience within the landscape. The National Park Service is beginning to understand the relationship between sound and the inherited resources within the park. By preserving the natural sound, we can all enjoy our national wonders a little more.

August 18 | “Geology of Canyonlands” by Rhodes Smartt

Have you ever wondered how Canyonlands was formed? National Park ranger and geologist Rhodes Smartt will take us on a journey through the geologic history of Canyonlands National Park. He will discuss the geology of the greater Colorado Plateau area and the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands and how it’s unique geology led to uranium mining. Join us for an evening of geologic exploration!

September 1 | “Common Southwest Native Plants” by Jennifer M. Bousselot

Native plants are often overlooked as viable options that can provide many benefits to pollinators and people alike. Discover the basics of native plant gardening – selection, care, and cultural requirements. Join Jennifer Bousselot, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University and co-author of the Colorado Native Plant Society published 3rd edition of Common Southwestern Native Plants, as she discusses this important topic.

September 22 | “Guzzlers 101” by Jon Blanc

Guzzlers are a type of water development that provides water for wildlife. They are a tool to mitigate negative impacts, habitat fragmentation and loss, drought, and human disturbance. Providing water improves occupied habitats and reduces the need to move to other areas seeking water. The BLM Moab Field Office wildlife program helps maintain more than 40 guzzlers that benefit bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope. Jon Blanc is going to discuss the importance of guzzlers, how they are built, and more!

October 13 | “Archaeology in the La Sal Mountains” by Donald Irwin and Allison Aarke

Visitors from around the world come to this region to see well-preserved archaeological sites. Early surveys on the Manti-La Sal National Forest identified numerous sites dating to the Basketmaker III – Pueblo I period, but the documentation style at the time was expedient. Join us as we detail the archaeology of the archaeology! With amazing volunteers and specialists assisting, we were able to find clarity through fieldwork. As a result, we have broadened our understanding of the origins of Ancestral Puebloan community on the forest.

Videos from Past Lectures

Check out our past lectures!

“Torry in the Land of Arches” by Lisa Horstman (5/11/2022)

Lisa Horstman discusses the story of developing the characters in her book “Torry in the Land of Arches.”

“Public Lands: Where, Why, and How?” by Walt Dabney (5/26)

National Park Ranger and Superintendent and Texas State Parks Director, Walt Dabney answers these, and more, questions: Where did our Public Lands come from? Why do the western states have lots and other states almost none? How were states formed? What does the Constitution say about these lands? What was the effect of the Homestead Act and the Railroad Act? How were National Parks and Forests established? Why are these lands held “in common”, so important to us today? These and other questions and past and current issues are addressed in this hour long presentation.

“Tiny Fossils and the Big Picture: Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs” by Brian Davis (6/2/2022)

Every kid knows that dinosaurs were the biggest, fiercest, and most inspiring creatures to ever have walked the earth, but they are only part of the story. The ancient world was a diverse and vibrant place, and dinosaurs lived alongside a cast that included the earliest mammals. Come and learn what our ancestors were like and what their tiny fossils reveal about their lives. While most survived by scurrying between the feet of dinosaurs, others swam, glided, and even had dinosaurs for lunch!

“Ecological Interactions between Mountain Goats and American Pikas” by Mallory Sandoval Lambert

Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) and American pikas (Ochotona princeps) are naturally co-occurring across most of their overlapping distributions in western N. America. The southern limit of the natural range of mountain goats is in Idaho, whereas American pikas occur naturally as far south as New Mexico. However, the mountain goat range has been extended southwards with the establishment of translocated subpopulations in Utah and Colorado. These mountain goats now share habitat with pikas, providing an opportunity to study potential ecological interactions between these two alpine specialists near the southern limits of their current ranges. Join Mallory Sandoval Lambert as she talks about how her research is exploring this previously unstudied system through field-based experimentation, with a focus on the La Sal Mountains in southern Utah.