Olin Hall Room 129, Whitman College
Living in a Wild Island Desert
A presentation by Mike Denny
We will be looking at all the plants, native and invasive, many insects, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will explore how these very different species are all connected and dependent on a life sustaining system in this 6 inch annual precipitation desert. We will talk about what it is like to live in a desert 340’ above sea level where air temps some summers can reach 112 degrees F. We will talk about how important the Columbia River is to Wallula Gap and how we have so altered access to its waters needed by wildlife. The other subject we will discuss is the new fire regime that has been established thanks to invasive weeds.
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