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July 5, 2018 General meeting

Yes, we're going to meet the day after the 4th of July at 7PM at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center at 800 Twin Lakes Drive on the West of Lorenzi Park because we have speakers lined up. In this case, UNLV biologists will be giving a talk and signing their newly release tome on the Mojave Desert. Many of us have been out a lot on the back roads and trails of the Mojave. These guys have been out there as professional biologists for decades so bring your questions.

Here are some notes from the University of Arizona Press regarding their book. Please be sure to bring some cash as you'll want to pick up this book. We'll have our plant raffle as well. Bring a friend and a refreshment.

"A Natural History of the Mojave Desert explores how a combination of complex geology, varied geography, and changing climate has given rise to intriguing flora and fauna—including almost 3,000 plant species and about 380 terrestrial vertebrate animal species. Of these, one quarter of the plants and one sixth of the animals are endemic.

The authors, who, combined, have spent more than six decades living in and observing the Mojave Desert, offer a scientifically insightful and personally observed understanding of the desert. They invite readers to understand how the Mojave Desert looks, sounds, feels, tastes, and smells. They prompt us to understand how humans have lived in this desert where scant vegetation and water have challenged humans, past and present.

Lawrence R. Walker is a professor of plant ecology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the (co)author or (co)editor of nine previous books, including The Biology of Disturbed Habitats. Frederick H. Landau is a research associate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Walker and Landau have twenty-five years of scientific collaboration that includes projects in Nevada, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico. They both enjoy hiking and back-road adventures throughout the Mojave Desert."

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