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National Parks Store in April
April 1, 2016 @ 8:00 am - April 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
Birds of a Different Feather
In the 1890s, feathered hats were all the rage amongst the women of high society, and birds were paying dearly for the fashion of the times. The American Ornithologists’ Union estimated five million birds per year were killed for millinery use per year during this time, and legitimate concerns for the extinction of bird species were raised.
The dwindling bird numbers ruffled the feathers of Harriet Hemenway and Mina Hall, who organized a series of afternoon teas in 1896 to convince Boston society ladies to eschew hats with bird feathers. These teas culminated in the founding of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and by 1898 state-level Audubon Societies were established in fifteen other states and the District of Columbia.
The National Audubon Society (NAS) was incorporated in 1905, and thus began the effort to pass legislation for federal protection of migratory birds. Over a decade later, and four years after the last living passenger pigeon died, Congress enacted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. This statute made it unlawful without a waver to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds listed as migratory birds; there are over 800 species currently on the list. For more information visit www.audubon.org
To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
Elevate and Educate: Mt. Lemmon Science Tour App!
Saturday, April 16, 12 PM & 2 PM
As if the drive up Catalina Highway couldn’t get any better, the University of Arizona’s College of Science has produced the Mt. Lemmon Science Tour app. The app is free and engages users with the natural science of Southern Arizona as they drive the Catalina Highway and take in the enchanting Sonoran Desert and on up to the “Sky Island” mountains. Shipherd Reed, Operations and Communication Manager for the Flaundrau Science Center, will be on hand to present and demonstrate this exciting and educational new service.
A Comprehensive Study of the Ancestral Puebloans of the Desert Southwest: Part 2 of 4
Wednesday, April 20, 12 PM only
Join professional educator Gordon McCall MA for this four-part series of narrated educational video programs that follow the Ancestral Puebloan People (formerly known as Anasazi). Part two focuses on the traditions established at Chaco Canyon applied to a wider and different Southwest desert environment and how it will also mysteriously collapse by 1300 CE. Interactive introductions and post-viewing discussions are included in each of the four parts.
The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide
Saturday, April 23, 12 PM & 2 PM
The Sonoran Desert melds art and science–both literary anthology and hands-on field guide, it captures the stunning biodiversity of the world’s most verdant desert through words and images. Join Chris Cokinos & Eric Magrane, editors and authors, to discuss their collaboration and their subject: the Sonoran Desert. More than fifty poets and writers composed responses to key species of this striking desert. Each creative contribution is joined by an illustration by award-winning artist Paul Mirocha and scientific information about the creature or plant is authored by the book’s editors.
WNPA Book Club
Tuesday, April 26, 1 PM
The WNPA Book Club is looking for new members! Read books written about or by authors from the Southwest. Members take turns volunteering to lead the discussion each month, and all members are encouraged to suggest book selections. If you are interested in visiting prior to committing, please feel free to join us at any of our meetings. This month we will be discussing Desert Trader: The Life and Quilts of Goldie Tracy Richmond by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis. For more information contact
A Comprehensive Study of the Ancestral Puebloans of the Desert Southwest: Part 3 of 4
Wednesday, April 27, 12 PM only
Part three of this four-part series focuses on the Hopi and Zuni Pueblo People. Despite residing in the same basic environment as their Colorado Plateau Pueblo relatives who left their homes by 1300 CE, these Pueblo tribes did not collapse and disperse, but continued to remain strong and united in the same locations to this day.
Riding Behind the Padre
Saturday, April 30, 12 PM & 2 PM
Richard Collins and twenty, or so, compadres from both sides of the border spend four days each year riding the trails of Padre Kino. The group is called Por Los Caminos de Kino; their cause is to advance the canonization of Padre Kino and to enhance peaceful border relations. Join Mr. Collins, a rancher from Sonoita, as he discusses his book, Riding Behind the Padre: Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border.
To reserve seats for free events, please call 622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event. Unclaimed reservations are cancelled 5 minutes prior to program. Additional parking in rear of building.