Class Information for Summer 2019, Free: HOW DESERT CRITTERS WITHSTAND the SUMMER HEAT and USING MARICOPA COUNTY PARKS, Thursday, August 15, 3-5pm, RH Johnson Lecture Hall (SF105)
Hear about the various and creative ways the creatures and plants of the desert have adapted to survive and thrive in the summer heat. Learn about how to take advantage and appreciate the diverse landscapes, resources, facilities and programs offered by the Maricopa County Parks. Instructor Justin Williams is the Interpretive Ranger at the White Tank regional park. He received an associate degree in Math/Biology/Health at Adirondack Community College and transferred to SUNY Potsdam College to complete a degree in Bio/Chemistry and after graduating transferred to University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. Moving to Arizona, he worked at Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium and trained and fed the animals and did outreach news programs with many different animals such as mountain lions, lizards, snakes, skunks. His passion is to take people on the journey of what characteristics to look for on the plant or animal to help identify it. He enjoys nature and exploring the Sonoran Desert with people who share similar passions; and he says, "on top of that I get paid for it!"