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Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Hope for the Wild Speaker Series

2020 Conservation Speaker Series: Climate, Condors and Conservation Canines

Thursday, February 6, March 5 and April 9

From the climate, to California Condors, to conservation canines, the 2020 Hope for the Wild Speaker Series truly has something to offer for every interest. Dr. Jerry Schnoor, Chris Parish and Dr. Megan Parker will each share their journey in how their expertise and talents have helped save wildlife and wild places. Please join Blank Park Zoo in welcoming these conservation champions. 

Afternoon Session:
4:00 PM Presentation
$15 for single afternoon session, $35 for series

Evening Session:
6:30 Doors Open and Soft Beverages Available
7:00 PM Presentation
$15 for single evening session, $35 for series

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For more information, please call 515-974-2523 or email events@blankparkzoo.org. 

*Please note that Dr. Megan Parker's presentation on Working Dogs for Conservation has been moved to Thursday, April 9th

 

Dr. Jerry SchnoorDr. Jerry Schnoor – Climate Change & Iowa

Thursday, February 6, 2020

4:00 PM & 7:00 PM

As the co-director of the University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Dr. Jerry Schnoor has spent over 40 years in civil and environmental engineering, studying some of humanities greatest challenges. His work primarily focuses on climate change and the environment, with an emphasis on water quality. Dr. Schnoor and his students pioneered and developed new methods to help clean water through the use of plants (phytoremediation.) For this innovative work, Dr. Schnoor received the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology in the spring of 2019. Please join Dr. Jerry Schnoor for his presentation “Climate Change and Iowa” on February 6, 2020.

 

Chris ParisChris Paris – Condors, Raptors and Lead Ammunition

Thursday, March 5, 2020

4:00 PM & 7:00 PM

The Peregrine Fund’s mission is to conserve raptors, engage people and cultivate excellence. The organization has helped prevent the extinction of the California Condor, protect and conserve areas utilized by raptors, address threats facing raptor species, and inspire people to take action to change their habits, which will also help to protect raptors. Chris Parish, Director of Global Conservation for the Peregrine Fund, grew up in southern California, has served as a wildlife biologist and has been working on condor projects since 1997. Since 2000, he has been directing the condor project’s field effort for The Peregrine Fund. He comes to Blank Park Zoo’s Hope for the Wild Speaker Series with a wealth of knowledge regarding condors, raptors and lead ammunition. Join him on March 5, 2020.

 

Dr. Megan ParkerDr. Megan Parker – Working Dogs for Conservation

Thursday, April 9, 2020

4:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Dogs can make great pets, but many just have too much energy to be content in a typical “pet” home. Working Dogs for Conservation gives many dogs a new purpose in life: to search for plants and animals that are often difficult to find. Dr. Megan Parker is a biologist and co-founder of Working Dogs for Conservation. Her team has rescued dogs from all over the country, training them to search out invasive plants, wildlife and poachers across the globe. She is interested in the international use of conservation canines, to help under-funded projects acquire excellent data, reduce costs and preserve endangered species. One such project she has been deeply involved with is the studying of chemical communication in African Painted Dogs. Working Dogs for Conservation even has Iowa ties, as they have supported the identification and removal of invasive plant species at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Join Dr. Megan Parker on April 9, 2020 to learn more about canines as conservation allies.

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