Conservationist leads armchair nature tour

Joe Medeiros speaks to 70 guests as part of the Roseville Utility Exploration Center's monthly lecture series
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Naturalist and conservationist Joe Medeiros led more than 70 people on an armchair tour of the wildlife and habitats of western Placer County during a lecture Friday at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center. Medeiros, a recently retired Sierra College biology professor, shared his photographs, stories and passion for living in harmony with nature in Placer County. For more than 35 years Medeiros has hiked, studied and led trips of students and nature enthusiasts through the Sierra Nevada mountain range. He also served as a National Park Service Ranger at Devils Postpile National Monument. During the lecture, Medeiros explained how to attract, identify, nurture and protect the wild plants and animals that share our backyards and neighborhoods. The event is part of the center’s First Friday “Feed Your Brain” lecture series hosted in conjunction with the Placer Nature Center. Attendees also enjoyed food from Foothill Farmers’ Market and Snow’s Citrus Court of Newcastle. ~ Sena Christian