Doors open at 6:30pm for the evening session with beverages available.
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.