Tuesday | March 5th | 1pm -2:30 pm | Education Center – Classroom 1
“The Earth Laughs in Flowers” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
In special springs, when the winter rains have been plentiful, nature throws an exuberant party with wildflowers as the guests of honor. The unpredictability of these special shows makes them all the more precious. This spring, though the rains came late, may still treat us to a variety of gorgeous blooms. Flowers truly enchant us, making us happy and touching our souls, but their charms, sweet fragrances, beautiful colors and intriguing shapes are meant for bees, butterflies, insects and birds. Flowers and their pollinators have co evolved together in a rich interplay of strategies, tactics and syndromes to aid the survival and reproduction of each other, contributing to each other’s success. Often, we think of flowers as passive in this pollination endeavor, yet they are actively and deftly luring and managing their pollinators.
Come join us for an enchanting lecture and PowerPoint show with Pinau Merlin to discover the mysterious and intricate natural history of some of our favorite desert wildflowers and their pollinators. You won’t look at flowers the same way again!
$10 for members and $15 for the general public