‘Ojai Warms’ exhibit and talks at Ojai Valley Museum

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“Ojai Warms — Flora and Fauna in the time of Climate Change” is the latest exhibit hosted by the Ojai Valley Museum.

The exhibit may be viewed in person at the museum at 130 W. Ojai Ave., or online at:

Rare and endangered plants and animals right here in the valley are threatened by climate change, according to a museum press release. “The exhibition is filled with beautiful images of local flora and fauna for this very serious topic. We hope it will inspire you to protect them.”

Several local organizations and experts assisted curator Phil White of Ojai in putting together this exhibit. As part of the exhibit, there are Town Talks held at the museum on Sundays between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

The online exhibit includes multiple stunning close-ups of area plants, bugs, fish, birds and mammals, along with a strong narrative about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in protecting the environment.

The exhibit’s online introduction reads:

“Yearslong drought. Record-setting temperatures. The Thomas Fire. Climate change is affecting the Ojai Valley — one of the fastest-warming areas in the USA — in many negative ways.

"There is an incredible menagerie of plants and animals sharing our valley and surrounding wild areas. Climate change and habitat destruction threaten their survival.

“Some people, including some scientists, reject the notion that climate change is a serious problem that requires urgent counter-measures. But the scientific consensus is that global warming poses an existential threat to the health of the planet and the future of humanity.

“What do we, and our precious valley, stand to lose if nothing changes?

“What can you do to help?

“This exhibition answers those questions by focusing on local rare and threatened flora and fauna right here in the Ojai Valley. Learn what plants and animals need to survive here and how you can help reduce global warming.”

Town Talks are back, but it is requested that tickets now be bought in advance so there are spaces between seats. Masks are required. Tickets are on sale now for $5. Ticket sales end Sunday at noon, or earlier if they sell out. To buy a ticket, visit

 The Town Talk schedule is:
— Dec. 5: Chuck Graham — Threatened Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians — Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain

— Dec. 12: Bryant Baker (Los Padres Forest Watch), Tom Maloney (Ojai Valley Land Conservancy), and Alasdair Coyne (Keep the Sespe Wild) — Protection of Public and Private Lands

— Jan. 9: Mark Capelli (National Marine Fisheries Service) — Steelhead Recovery

— Jan. 23:  Beth Pratt (National Wildlife Federation) — Mountain Lion Conservation

— Feb. 6: Andrea Jones (Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon California) — Effects of Climate Change on Local Birds

— Feb. 20: Denise Knapp (Santa Barbara Botanic Garden) and Jim Hogue (Cal State Northridge) — Effects of Climate Change on Local Native Plants and Insects

— March 13: Steve Colomé and Marc Whitman (Ojai Climate Emergency Mobilization Committee) and Jan Dietrick (350 Ventura County Climate Hub) — Climate Change Solutions for the Ojai Valley and Ventura County

Ojai Valley Museum is at 130 W. Ojai Ave. It is open on Fridays, from 1 to 7 p.m., (First Fridays of the month, it is open from 1 to 8 p.m.) and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exhibition team includes exhibit curator Phil White, Mark Lewis, museum Trustee Laura Crary, graphic designer Roger Conrad and Ojai Valley Museum Executive Director Wendy Barker.


Exhibit sponsors are:

Broesamle-Vondriska Family

Brian Holly, Pax Environmental

Jim Selman

Jill and Bill Shanbrom

Vickie Peters

Timothy Teague Photography

Anne and Tony Thacher

Suzanne and Phil White

Marc Whitman, Whitman Architectural Design

Sheri Ann Cate and Jay Simons

Holly and Hawk Koch

Linda and Ron Phillips

Crickeet and Terry Twitchell

Michael Urbanek

Caryn and Charlie Bosson

Bill Brothers and Susie Ault

Steve Colomé

Dottie and Jim Combs

Carly and Ernie Ford

Carol Holly

Editor's note: The dates December Town Talk dates for Chuck Graham and Tom Maloney et. al, have been corrected to indicate they are on Sundays.





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