Six hundred miles long from its source in the mountains of the southwestern New Mexico to its confluence with the Colorado River above Yuma, the Gila has been an important avenue for the movement of birds, animals, plants, and peoples across the desert for millennia. Many cultures have sprung up on the river today--whether they know it or not. Think of it as 70 million years of history packed into an entertaining, informative hour. Join us for an engaging presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

Gregory McNamee, author of the prizewinning book Gila: The Life and Death of an American River, presents a biography of the vital resource, drawing on Native American stories, pioneer memoirs, the writings of modern naturalists such as Aldo Leopold and Edward Abbey, and many other sources.


  • Occurs Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am


Yuma Main Library-Meeting Room A

2951 S 21st Dr
Yuma, AZ 85364

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