Biogeography of Oak Creek and the Verde River Basin at Red Rock SP (AZ) April 15th

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April 15: The Biogeography of Oak Creek and the Verde River Basin: A Bridge Through Space and Time at Red Rock State Park, Arizona
2 pm Park Theatre. Red Rock State Park will present Dr. Larry Stevens during their Sunday Lecture Series in April. Dr. Stevens will address The Biogeography of Oak Creek and the Verde River Basin: A Bridge Through Space and Time in the Park Theatre. The program is free of charge with a $10.00 per vehicle entry to the Park. Seating is limited in the theatre for the lecture series, so reservations are necessary to assure that you have a space. Please call 928-282-6907 to make reservations.

Dr. Larry Stevens, Curator of Ecology and Conservation at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, will be presenting a broad-based program to discuss canyons and rivers as long-term corridors through landscapes, specifically connectivity of Oak Creek to the Colorado Plateau, the Verde River, the San Pedro River Basin, and the Mexican / neotropical realm. Included in the presentation will be the biology of the Verde River watershed as a corridor, a barrier, and a refuge, including discussion of the Verde River’s paleontology and early settlement history, as well as its recent history of change with the loss of most of its native fish. The discussion of refugia in the region will focus on springs, caves, and other microhabitat. These factors relate to ecosystem and species sustainability challenges, so Dr. Stevens will discuss possible futures for the protection of the Verde River Basin and this important ecotone.

Dr. Stevens is an evolutionary ecologist and a leading authority on the biology of the Southwest region. He formerly served as the Park Ecologist for Grand Canyon National Park and presently serves as Senior Ecologist for the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, Inc., a non-governmental conservation organization. Dr. Stevens has worked on a wide array of scientific topics over his career, including biogeography, regulated river ecology, endangered species biology, and, most recently, the ecology and stewardship of springs. He has authored or coauthored several books and numerous scientific and popular rticles on topics ranging from robberfly taxonomy, waterbug and butterfly biogeography, peregrine falcon foraging behavior, river and dam management, springs ecosystem ecology, and whitewater river running. His primary scientific interests involve biodiversity responses to geomorphic development and environmental change.

April 20 – 22: Boat Show at Lake Havasu SP, Windsor 4

Friday Noon – Dusk. Saturday 9 am to dusk. Sunday 9 am – 3pm. Visit Lake Havsu SP at Windsor 4 and enjoy the boat show with legends by the lake car show, offshore grand prix powerboat racing, and high speed waterski racing! In addition there will be a fishing pavillion, bass boats, tackles, lures, bait, and more. Plus free fishing activities and displays for the kids! Admission is $2, children 12 & under free. More info at LakeHavasuBoatShow.com.

Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat provides the setting and the opportunity for the park to offer a focus on environmental education.

Red Rock offers a variety of special programs for school groups and private groups. There are a number of daily and weekly park events. (see below or ask at Visitor Center)

Park facilities include a visitors center, classroom, theater, gift shop, picnic tables, 10 developed trails, restrooms, and group area with Ramada and facilities. The restrooms are handicapped accessible. Camping facilities are not available at this park.

The property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The land was at one time part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye.

Contact information:
(928) 282-6907
Red Rock SP
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336

Source: Arizona State Parks

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