High Country Speaker Series

HCSS_web18th Annual High Country Speaker Series

Wildlife in the Rocky Mountains: The hidden stories of conservation, recreation, and sharing our communities with charismatic fauna.

In its 18th year of bringing dynamic speakers to the Eagle Valley, the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center once again bring topical and engaging subjects to life to carefully examine what it means to be healthy in the high country.

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 Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon

Atlas of the National Parks is a first of a kind showcase of America’s most spectacular landscapes that invites newcomers and longtime park visitors alike to experience these magnificent places. Using an inspiring collection of maps, graphics, and photographs, author, Jon Waterman, guides you through each of the 61 stunning national parks, highlighting landscapes, wildlife, unique histories, and future challenges. Weaving the stories of these beloved spaces into authoritative and descriptive guide, the Atlas of the National Parks provides an intimate look into what makes the national park idea so special.  A “Q and A” discussion and book signing will follow his lecture.

Mike Wall, Park Manager for Sylvan Lake State Park will be speaking on Tuesday, March 10th about the Sylvan Lake State Park Update.
Location: Avon Public Library at 5:30PM
More information to come.

As forest fires continue to ravage communities, this bestselling author and firefighter explores what causes them, and captures the danger and heroism of those who fight them

In Megafire, a world-renowned journalist and forest fire expert travels to the most dangerous and remote wildernesses, as well as to the backyards of people faced with these environmental disasters, to look at the heart of this phenomenon and witness firsthand the heroic efforts of the firefighters and scientists racing against time to stop it—or at least to tame these deadly flames.

From Colorado to California, China to Canada, the narrative hopscotches the globe and takes readers to the frontlines of the battle both on the ground and in the air, and in the laboratories, universities, and federal agencies where this issue rages on. Through this prism of perspectives, Kodas zeroes in on a handful of the most terrifying and tumultuous of these environmental disasters in recent years—the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona that took the lives of nineteen elite “hotshot” firefighters, the Waldo Canyon Fire that overwhelmed the city of Colorado Springs—and more in a page-turning narrative that puts a face on the brave people at the heart of this issue. Megafire describes the profound impact of these fires around the earth and will change the way we think about the environment and the essential precariousness of our world.

MICHAEL KODAS is the deputy director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, an award-winning photojournalist and reporter, and author of the best-selling book High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Location: Avon Public Library at 5:30PM

Colorado experienced a historic avalanche cycle in March of 2019. Explore how hydroclimatic events and snowpack conditions spurred this event. Put the avalanche cycle into historic context, and learn about research efforts that the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, US Forest Service and the US Geological Survey are engaged in to better understand the impacts on forest health, people and behavior.

Brian Lazar has worked in the field of snow and avalanches for decades. Since 2010, Brian has worked as the Deputy Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and is one of the lead faculty for Colorado Mountain College’s Avalanche Science Program

Location: Walking Mountains Science Center at 5:30pm