Not to be confused with “phrenology,” the pseudo-science of analyzing a person by feeling the bumps on his head, “phenology” is the science of seasonal biological changes, in relation to climate.  Ranger Pam Tripp tells how you can learn to become a “citizen scientist” in this specialty…

Do you love plants? Would you be interested in helping Joshua Tree National Park and its rangers while exploring the desert?   Joshua Tree National Park is seeking volunteers to participate in the California Phenology Project, a long-term study designed to understand changes in the growth of desert plants. The term Phenology refers to recurring plant and animal life cycle stages, such as leafing and flowering, emergence of insects, and migration of birds. It is also the study of these recurring life cycle stages, especially their timing and relationships with weather and climate.  To date, the California Phenology Project has engaged Park scientists, educators, and visitors in collecting nearly 2 years of continuous phenological data for seven species of plant, across Joshua Tree National Park.  Volunteers will monitor selected plants at study sites close to each town in the Morongo Basin. Volunteers must attend a short training and make a monthly commitment to the project. To find out more, please contact Josh Hoines at 760-367-5564.  For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, encouraging you to experience the American landscape.


Opening night for Theatre 29’s next production, “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estates Town’s Women’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery” is Friday, February 28. The play, directed by Theatre 29 veteran Marty Neider, is a fast-paced comedic farce about five British ladies who present the “whodunit,” “Murder at Checkmate Manor” and experience a disastrous show in which everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. The opening night gala is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms. Opening night tickets are $25 each and the evening includes hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and a silent auction. For tickets, contact Herman Platzke at 760-972-7205 or any Twentynine Palms Kiwanis member. The play runs weekends through March 27 with Sunday matinees March 9 and 23. Tickets after opening night are $8 to $12 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 760-361-4151.


The deadline for signing up for a luncheon honoring women with military connections is coming up.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells how to do it…

Active duty military women and the wives of active duty military from Twentynine Palms will be honored at a luncheon in Cathedral City in March. Heart to Heart organized the first luncheon in 2008 to let military women know they were loved, appreciated and not forgotten, and that they had a civilian support team that understands “freedom is not free.” The luncheon, set for March 8 at 11:30, will include a fashion show, music, and inspirational speaker Karon Kanadjian. The public is invited to attend. The cost is $25, but the luncheon is free for active duty and spouses of active duty. Reservations are required and must be paid by February 28. Free childcare is available. For military reservations, call Laura Sotto at 760-830-7481. Reservations for the public should be made on the website, Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.


Charges of sloppy, misleading, and inadequate public notification about housing, solar, and retail projects were made at the last meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council.  In an effort to improve the situation, the Land Use Services committee of the MAC is holding a public workshop Monday morning February 24 at 9 am, to develop ideas for what should be in the notification process.  The workshop meets in Conference Room 1 of the Joshua Tree Community Center at 6171 Sunburst Road.


College scholarships for science, technology, engineering, and math are available through the Copper Mountain College Foundation.  Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells how to apply…

College bound local high school seniors may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship from the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Multiple scholarships are available for what are called “STEM” fields … Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The CMC Southern California Edison STEM Scholarships are available to students pursuing an associate degree in math, Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, and Liberal Arts with emphasis in math and science. Preference goes to students preparing for transfer into a baccalaureate degree (B.S. or B.A.) program in science or math at CMC. For an application, follow the link in this story at ( ). Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2014. For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.