Ecological History of the California Desert: Wildlife & Landscapes Back in Time

Thursday Apr 18 2019   7:00 PM
Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium  Death Valley National Park, Furnace Creek, CA  map

Join Laura Cunningham for a presentation on the ecological history of the California desert, based on her book A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California. Through artwork and natural history, experience a desert full of pronghorn antelope, desert tortoise, and even wolves and jaguars.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

Laura CunninghamLaura Cunningham, an artist and naturalist, studied paleontology and biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked at various field biology jobs for the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other organizations, getting to know such species as the Owens Valley pupfish, the southern California steelhead trout, the Yosemite toad, and the Panamint alligator lizard. Simultaneously, she has been studying and painting California’s historic and living wildlife, flora, and unique landscapes. She lives near Death Valley National Park, where she cofounded the group Basin and Range Watch to explore the historical ecology of the desert ecosystems of California and Nevada, and to protect them. Visit her blog at

Photo by Kevin Emmerich