Tuesday Talks at SWEC

SWEC offers a monthly series of educational presentations by local experts on a range of topics related to wildlife, ecology, and a sustainable society.

Unless otherwise noted, each talk begins at 7pm, in the SWEC office gallery.

All talks are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 575-522-5552, or email ashley@wildmesquite.org

2017 Schedule:

March 14 - Living With Snakes (Frank Bryce)

Drawing upon his decades of experience with venomous snakes, herpetologist Frank Bryce will talk about the reptiles we share the desert with, how to identify the most common species of rattlesnakes, and what to do if you find one on your porch. He’ll bring in live specimens (in cages!) to help with identification, including a Gila monster that may be the oldest one in captivity. You won’t want to miss this informative and practical presentation!

April 25 - The Climate Reality Project (Patricia Hoffman)

Dr. Patricia Hoffman, professor of sociology at New Mexico State University, will present Al Gore’s climate change slideshow at SWEC on Tuesday, Aril 25, at 7pm. This is the famous slideshow that the former Vice President turned into the movie An Inconvenient Truth, which helped make the climate movement mainstream. Dr. Hoffman is one of the thousands of trained individuals around the world qualified to give the presentation. Brush up on the science of climate change and stick around for Q&A.

Dr. Hoffman has a Ph.D. in Sociology and teaches Environmental Sociology at NMSU. In addition, her activism has covered the span of 45 years, starting with lobbying for the passage of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. In addition, she was active with Governor Richardson's Committee on Green House Gas Reduction and served on the Environmental Control Council in Nebraska, including two years as the Chairman.

May 23 - Amazing New Composting System That Can Help Combat Climate Change (Dr. David Johnson)

Dr. David Johnson, a molecular biologist and the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at NMSU has discovered a way to reduce CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere while increasing farm and rangeland productivity and improve water-use efficiency in agriculture through the development of beneficial soil microbial communities in agroecosystems. This incredible new method of composting is a solution that could help combat Climate Change. His research has garnered international attention and was recently highlighted in a book called, “The Soil Will Save Us” by Kristin Ohlson. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to reduce your water usage and combat climate change in your garden at home!

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