Join us for a Night Walk with Pinau Merlin, a nationally recognized speaker, naturalist, and author. We will begin our excursion during the Golden Hour – when the pink glow of sunset gives way to dusk – a time of peak wildlife activity in the desert. Meandering at a relaxed pace, we’ll stop often to read the signs of life left by animals; eavesdrop on bats with a bat detector; discover how to tell what animals we’re seeing by the color of their eyeshine; observe a sheet illuminated by blacklight to attract beautiful moths, insects, and scorpions; and interpret the sounds and calls of the night. We’ll peek into the lives and adaptive strategies of mountain lions, snakes, and owls. We’ll also practice a few easy techniques to hone and enhance our senses so we can perceive even more and begin to fit in, connecting more deeply and becoming part of nature.
The walk will be limited to 12 participants. Our adventure will last about 2.5 hours on an uneven dirt trail. Please wear close-toed shoes, bring water, binoculars (optional), and a flashlight. The walk leaves the Overlook at 6:45 so please arrive around 6:30 for introductions and an explanation of the evening’s plan. Bring your curiosity and wonder and be prepared for an evening full of fascinating fun!
More about Pinau Merlin:
Pinau is a nationally known speaker and naturalist and is the author of several books (including the Guide to Desert Holes, Guide to Bird Nests and Eggs, and is a contributing author to the Natural History of the Sonoran Desert) as well as over 80 articles about the wildlife, natural history, and ecology of the Desert Southwest. Pinau taught natural history at the U of A and was the Outreach Coordinator for the UA/USFWS Jaguar Project. She also works on numerous nature documentary films (including BBC, National Geographic, and others) as a natural history consultant and critter wrangler.
Pinau has designed natural history centers, interpretive exhibits, nature trails, and wildlife habitats for a variety of organizations in the Southwest. Her insights and observations about the natural history and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert have been featured on PBS, NPR, and in Smithsonian and National Wildlife magazines, among many others. She is especially interested in the adaptive strategies of plants, birds, and wildlife and in interpreting animal language.