Fossils, food forests, and the creation of Canyonlands

The next installment of the Canyonlands Natural History Association’s Lecture Series features Brian Davis, Ph.D., a paleontologist and associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Davis will present Tiny Fossils and the Big Picture, Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs, at 6 p.m. June 13 at the Moab Information Center at Main and Center Streets. Here’s what CNHA wrote about this event: Every kid knows that dinosaurs are the biggest, fiercest and most inspiring creatures to ever have walked the Earth, but they are only part of the story. The ancient world was a diverse and vibrant place and dinosaurs lived alongside a cast that included the earliest mammals. Learn what our ancestors were like and what their tiny fossils reveal about their lives.

Here’s what else is on tap for the week ahead:

June 13-15: Emery County Plein Air Exhibit at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum, 1765 W. Main, Green River.

June 13-15: 7 p.m. at the San Juan County Fairgrounds, the Stampede Pro-Rodeo.

June 18: What is Food Forest? This Moonflower Community Co-op-sponsored event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grand County Library. Here’s what Moonflower said on social media: The short answer to this question is that a food forest is a landscape designed according to the principles that make ecosystems healthy and stable. Food forests are gaining ground for good reason. On any scale, from public parks to small home gardens, they can weave a web of mutual relationships and well-being. Come learn about how to bring their benefits to any landscape from one tree or shrub in your backyard to a whole acre. You’ll hear food forest stories, learn basic design principles and how many possibilities one food forest can contain. Jessica Soza, who has been a professional gardener and permaculture designer for 15 years, is the instructor.

June 20: Robert J. Anderson: Founding Fathers, The Creation of Canyonlands National Park- the vision of Charlie Steen, Bates Wilson and Stewart Udall paved the way for the creation of Canyonlands National Park. This is part of the lecture series Canyonlands National History Association sponsors. The presentation gets underway at 6 p.m. at the Moab Information Center.