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Nature Lecture: "Desert Palm Oasis: Secrets and Future"

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Nature Lecture:

Desert Palm Oasis: Secrets and Future

Jim Cornett Joshua Tree National Park

With Jim Cornett

Join us on Wednesday, December 13th for a Nature Lecture with Jim Cornett. In Desert Palm Oasis: Secrets and Future, Mr. Cornett will examine the unique aspects of the palm and its significance within rare desert spring environments. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC). This program is presented in partnership with the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park.

Verdant, water-loving desert fan palms seem out of place in an arid environment. Yet five distinct palm oases occur within Joshua Tree National Park and more than 150 exist in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of California and Baja California. The desert fan palm, Washingtonia filifera, anchors the oasis and is the only palm species native to the western U.S.  It is the largest palm native to North America and one of the most widely planted ornamental trees in the world.  Special emphasis will be placed in the lecture upon interactions between palms and other oasis plant species, animals that utilize palms as resources, the role of fire in oasis ecology and the relationship between palms and Native Americans.
 
Jim Cornett has been studying desert fan palm oases for 25 years with more than three dozen technical papers published on palm oasis ecology. For thirty years he was curator and director of Natural Sciences at the Palm Springs Desert Museum. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in biology and lives in Palm Springs, California.



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