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Nature Lecture: "Desert Plant Ecology" with Christopher McDonald

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Nature Lecture:

Desert Plant Ecology

Christopher McDonald Joshua Tree National Park

 With Christopher McDonald

Join us on Wednesday, February 6th for the nature lecture Desert Plant Ecology with Natural Resource Advisor Christopher McDonald. Improve your yard and garden and learn about plant growth and survival in our hot and dry conditions. 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.

Deserts cover one third of the land on Earth and a large part of western North America. There are several global patterns that lead to formation of deserts. Desert plants have numerous adaptations to survive in hot and dry conditions. Understanding the tradeoffs between plant growth and surviving hot and dry conditions will enable people to improve their yards and gardens by creating desert-adapted, low-maintenance landscapes and use less water to keep those landscapes looking good.

Chris is the Natural Resource Advisor for Southeastern California (San Bernardino Riverside, San Diego and Imperial Counties). His expertise is in managing plants in wildlands with an emphasis on managing weeds and restoring native plants. His research focuses on enhancing nature preserves, wildlands and our backyards by increasing native plants. He also conducts research and extension programs on backyard wildlife including pollinators, as well as fire ecology and analyses of management techniques, including chemical and mechanical control methods. Chris has conducted research in the southwestern US for over a decade working almost exclusively in arid and semi-arid ecosystems.

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