Space exploration, rare plants and animals, ancient pueblos, fossils and even a Triassic Period meat-eater known as Arizonasaurus babbitti will be featured at the Babbitt Ranches and Landsward Foundation Landscape Discovery Expo from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Arizona Nordic Village on Highway 180.
The free event marks 130 years of exploration across Babbitt Ranches and the Coconino Plateau and celebrates the many relationships with scientific organizations across the broad landscape.
Along with drone technology and live raptors, including a golden eagle, the Expo will showcase wide and varied research efforts such as tracking mountain lions, recovering black-footed ferret populations, searching for plants with resilient genes, training astronauts on rocky landscapes and developing an effective plague vaccine to protect prairie dogs.
The Expo is part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science, Sept. 23–Oct. 2., www.scifest.org