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Throughout the year, the Museum offers an exciting variety of programs designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of the many facets of our natural world. Lectures and films provide opportunities to experience new ideas, develop new skills, meet active adults with similar interests, and learn from experts.

For more specific information about upcoming classes and workshops, please visit our calendar page.

May Audubon Lecture: The Dragonflies of Santa Barbara County
Lecture by Hugh Ranson
Wenesday, May 24, 2017
Farrand Halldragonfly

Hugh will talk about the natural history of dragonflies, briefly covering the hows, whens, and wheres of odonata (“ode”) study, before spending the bulk of the time looking at photos of some of the more common dragonflies and the key features that help identify them.
Hugh became interested in birds at an early age in his native England. Five years ago he became interested in dragonflies and was immediately smitten; he has since spent hundreds of hours in the field, helping further our (limited) knowledge of the dragonflies of Santa Barbara County. He teaches fifth grade in Goleta, and can always be found on his lunch break at a local pond, watching, netting, and photographing dragonflies.

For more information about the Santa Barbara Audubon, please visit our website:

Santa Barbara County Archaeological Society Presents:
Traditional Lore of the Yokuts and Their Western Mono Neighbors

Lecture by Mary Gorden, M.A.
Monday, June 5, 2017
7:30 PM
Farrand Hall

Since prehistoric times, Yokuts and Western Mono peoples have occupied the San Joaquin Valley, the eastern edge of the Coast Range, and the west side of the Sierra Nevada. Their traditional lore describes a primordial time when animals were supernatural people. Stories explain the origins of the universe and encode social institutions, religious and aesthetic values. The environmental setting in which they take place reflects traditional
beliefs and daily life in settings the people experienced on a daily or seasonal basis. Physiographic forms in the landscape have animistic connotations. Hundreds of place names still retain their cosmological, biological, and/or cultural origins to this day.



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