MOGOLLON HIGHLANDS FIELD DAY
Grab your binoculars and your botany book and head into the field for a day of natural history exploration of the Mogollon Highlands with naturalist David Gilligan. We will begin with an overview of vegetation maps to gain an appreciation for the significance of the region, then head out into the field to focus on botanical and ecological explorations. Along the way we will touch on such topics as pine-oak forest ecology, fire dynamics, phenology, and relevant plant families. A significant portion of this outing will be spent in break out groups working on plant identification. Field guides and maps will be provided.
David Gilligan is a professional naturalist, explorer, educator, and writer. He has developed and taught natural history field programs for Prescott College, The Sierra Institute, and Sterling College, and is the author of numerous books and articles including The Secret Sierra, In the Years of the Mountains, Nature, Culture, Consciousness and “The High Country of the Mind”. His academic specialties include vegetation ecology, botany and geology in mountain and desert environments, and nature philosophy. He has trained hundreds of people in expeditionary backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing, and sea kayaking skills necessary for natural history exploration of wild places. David has lived and worked in Arizona, California, and Northern New England, and traveled to mountain environments all over the world.