The Moab Information Center has issued its August line-up of featured speakers. Events take place in the MIC auditorium and are sponsored by the Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Museum of Moab on Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Aug. 2 – David Boye ~ Instrumental Acoustic Guitar National Park Tour ~ Experience the mystery and magnificence of the National Parks through the instrumental guitar of composer, musician, and past National Park Artist In Residence, David Boye. This performance mixes music and talk as Boye discusses and plays music composed through the National Park Artist In Residence program inspired by the wild beauty of the wilderness of the west.
Aug. 9 – Robert Anderson ~ Soundscapes: How Noise Pollution Influences Wildlife Patterns and Visitor Experience Within Canyonlands NP ~ Beep Beep Beep! Tweet tweet! Sounds are all around us and play an important role in our experience with the landscape. The National Park Service is beginning to understand the relationship between sound and the inherent resources within the park. By preserving the natural sound we all can enjoy our national wonders a little more.
Aug. 23 – Michael Matthes ~ Message in a Bottle ~ In the summer of 1977, the twin spacecraft Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 set off on a journey to explore the intriguing worlds of our solar system. The mission yielded scientific discovery and connected people to the cosmos. On board the spacecraft was a golden record designed to communicate the story of Earth to extraterrestrials. The record, like a message in a bottle, carried sounds and images to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. What messages would you send into the Universe and how do you think they’ve changed since 1977?
Aug. 30 – Randall Irmis, Ph.d ~ The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs in Southeastern Utah ~ The Triassic Period was a dynamic time in Earth’s history, witnessing mass extinctions, major climate change, and the origin and early radiation of dinosaurs. Though the Late Triassic is well documented in other parts of North America, it is poorly understood here in Utah despite being recorded in extensive outcrops of the multi-colored Chinle Formation. Dr. Irmis will discuss recent fossil discoveries from the Chinle Formation in southeastern Utah made by a collaborative field project between the Natural History Museum of Utah and St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site. These spectacular fossils include diverse bony fishes, giant flat-headed amphibians, large crocodile-like aquatic reptiles, and fossil trackways of Utah’s earliest dinosaurs. This project is partially funded by Canyonlands Natural History Association.