Endangered Local Wildlife Talk At Nature Center

Author and environmentalist Micheal Dax. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

How many endangered or threated animals call the Pajarito Plateau home?

Michael Dax from the Defenders of Wildlife will be at the nature center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 to talk about the endangered species in the local area and reveal how to help protect the current biodiversity.

New Mexico is home to 118 animals listed as threatened and endangered. In many cases, scientists do not fully understand the animal or how the ecosystem will change if it becomes extinct. This talk is part of a national outreach effort by Defenders of Wildlife to build awareness for local imperiled wildlife and the innovative ways people are working to promote ecosystem health.

Dax, an outdoor enthusiast, environmentalist and author, is the New Mexico Outreach representative for Defenders of Wildlife. His writing has appeared in High Country News and Earth Island Journal. Dax’s first book, Grizzly West: A Failed Attempt to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in the Mountain West, was release last month.

His talk is at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.

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