MAY Meeting

A Walk In The Desert

Presented by Alex Robb

University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester
Wednesday MAY 17, 2017
7:00pm at the Tollman Auditorium
Springfield Science Museum

For those familiar with the Grand Canyon and other great parks in Arizona: This is NOT about them! Instead, I will share some of my experience from 40 years of hiking in the desert environment around Phoenix, where I live. We will discuss climate, common fauna, and flora. I will then take you on a typical short hike through a county park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, which has 18,000 acres. (Clearly, our parks run large with miles of hiking trails!). I will discuss the hazards of the area, preparation necessary for safe and enjoyable hiking in this region, and the sorts of geology and wildlife you can look forward to encountering on such a hike.