The Wild Sky Islands

04/17/2024 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM MT


  • Free


Highlands Center for Natural History
1375 S. Walker Road
Prescott, AZ 86303
Building Number: Kieckhefer Classroom


We are excited for Ken Lamberton to join us on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 to offer a Community Nature Study Series presentation on “The Wild Sky Islands.”


The Wild Sky Islands


Wednesday, April 17th from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm



The Wild Sky Islands

The towering mountains of southeast Arizona are a rich storehouse of wildlife diversity. Like an archipelago in a vast ocean, these “Sky Islands'' bridge the Rocky Mountains to the north and the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico to the south, while at the same time rising thousands of feet above two deserts, the Sonoran and Chihuahuan. This is where the southernmost stand of Engelmann spruce meets the jaguar. Where more than 400 kinds of birds—tropical species like elegant trogons and eared quetzals and yellow grosbeaks along with tundra species like fox sparrows and common yellowthroats—cross paths. Join Ken for an intimate view in words and images of one of the world’s most exotic places right here in Arizona.


About Ken: 

Ken Lamberton is the author of Wilderness and Razor Wire (Mercury House), which won the 2002 John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. He has published six books and hundreds of articles and essays in places like the Los Angeles Times, Orion, the Gettysburg Review, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000. His latest book, Chasing Arizona (University of Arizona Press) is a 2015 Southwest Book of the Year. Lamberton holds degrees in biology and creative writing and lives with his wife in an 1890s stone cottage on the old mule road near Bisbee where he spends his days fixing the plumbing.


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