Doors open at 6:30pm for the evening session with beverages available.
Chris Paris – Condors, Raptors and Lead Ammunition Thursday, March 5, 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 Parker – Working Dogs for Conservation Thursday, April 9, 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.