BLM Brown Bag Lecture Series with presentations on bats, human trafficking

ST. GEORGE – The Bureau of Land Management will recommence the popular Brown Bag Lecture series this Friday with a presentation on “Bats of Utah.”

John Taylor of Southern Utah University will discuss eighteen species of these sophisticated and often misunderstood residents of Utah, 16 of which call Washington County home. He will showcase a wide array of engaging close-up photos while addressing some of the most intriguing aspects of bat behavior.

The following week, Oct. 26, will feature a presentation by local entertainer Stan Bronson, who will also star in An Evening on the Arizona Strip on Nov. 7, a program sponsored by the Dixie-Arizona Strip Interpretive Association. Bronson, a Grammy-nominated musician, serves as executive director of the Native American Peoples Historical Foundation and is an avid historian.

Another lecture, featuring educator and historian Sondra Jones, will be held Nov. 2. Titled “Human Trafficking on the Old Spanish Trail,” the presentation revisits a dark time in our nation’s history, when Spanish and Indian traders transported and sold slaves throughout the southwestern states. Jones’s goal in recounting these stories is to provide a poignant reminder of the need to respect human rights.

Sponsored by the BLM, Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, the Brown Bag Lectures provide a unique opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the area’s natural resources, especially those who are planning a trip to the outdoors. Speakers will include geologists, range specialists, biologists, archaeologists and rangers.

All lectures will be held at the Interagency Information Center at 345 East Riverside Drive in St. George. Admission is free, but due to limited space, those interested should reserve a seat in advance. To do this, or find out about upcoming lectures, contact the Interagency Visitor Center at 435-688-3200.

Event details and contact information

Date: Oct. 19/Nov. 2

Time: 12 p.m.

Location: Interagency Information Center at 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George

Admission: Free

Contact: Interagency Visitor Center – 435-688-3200

Email: [email protected]

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