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Outreach Event and Fundraiser:
Conservation Photography: All Subjects, Great and Small

Thursday, February 18 - 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Photo by Piotr NaskreckiSponsored by the NANPA Environment Committee

Thursday, February 18, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Free to NANPA members

This will be NANPA's fifth annual Outreach Event.  In the past three years, the Environment Committee has raised more than $9,500 by featuring outstanding photography and motivational storytelling.  Join us on this evening of inspiring presentations.  While the event is free to NANPA members, donations at the Registration Desk or at the door will be appreciated.  Admission will be charged to the public.  All donations and proceeds will be given to the NANPA Foundation for its Philip Hyde Grant.

Speakers:

Garth Lenz
Opportunities and Challenges in Forest Conservation

Photo by Garth LenzGarth Lenz is a visual storyteller whose photos have appeared in numerous international publications.  He has given presentations to government and public organizations including the European Parliament, Canadian Senate, major corporations and business leaders and environmental organizations. His recent images from the boreal region of Canada have helped lead to significant policy victories and large new protected areas in the Northwest Territories, Québec and Ontario.  Garth is a NANPA member and International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) Fellow.  His website is www.garthlenz.com.

Join Garth in a visual journey that will take you from the coastal temperate rainforests of British Columbia, to Chilean forests containing tree species little changed from when dinosaurs walked the earth, to the world's largest remaining intact forest, the North American boreal.  Garth's presentation will tour the forests, wetlands, mountains, lakes and rivers of these diverse, fascinating and globally significant ecosystems. All of these forests contain diversity and beauty of global significance.  They pose unique opportunities and challenges for conservation.

Piotr Naskrecki
Photographing the Sixth Extinction

Photo by Piotr NaskreckiWith a Ph.D. in Entomology, Piotr Naskrecki conducts research on insect evolution and behavior at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.  His projects include a campaign to create a new national park in Ghana, the IUCN Red List assessment of African grasshoppers and their relatives, and a monographic overview of Costa Rican katydids.  Piotr's photography is an integral part of his work as a conservationist.  His photos and articles have appeared in many international magazines and his book The Smaller Majority illustrated the multitude of threats faced by invertebrate animals.  His next book will explore relict organisms and environments, their role in conservation, and adaptations that allowed them to survive.  Piotr is an ILCP Fellow. His website is www.insectphotography.com.

Piotr uses stunning images and stories from the field to document the evidence that our planet is experiencing a massive extinction event, paralleled only by the five cataclysmic extinctions that wiped out millions of lineages in the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras.  The majority of extinctions take place among the largely unnoticed, underappreciated organisms, such as insects, mollusks or small plants.  We probably cannot save them all, but at least we can try.  Nature photographers can play a major role in educating the public about this disappearing heritage, including helping change the general attitude towards "creepy-crawlies."  We should partner with conservation and scientific communities in documenting and publicizing these extraordinarily beautiful and ecologically indispensable organisms.

 
Photo of Garth Lenz by Garth Lenz
Garth Lenz
Photo of Piotr Naskrecki by Piotr Naskrecki
Piotr Naskrecki
 

Fee

Photo by Garth LenzWhile there is no fee for NANPA members, donations for this fund raiser will be greatly appreciated.  During the evening, there will be door prizes of photo prints, books and other merchandise.  Our sponsors will also offer incentives to those who donate.  Check at the Registration Desk for Outreach Event incentive programs. Admission is $15 for non-members, $12 for non-member students.  Proceeds from this event will be given to the NANPA Foundation's Philip Hyde Grant.  If you wish to attend, please check the proper box while registering so we can ensure enough seats are available.

Sponsors and Donors

If you are interested in being a listed sponsor of the Outreach Event or if you wish to donate in advance of the event, then go to the NANPA web site, complete and submit the Sponsor Donor Form or contact Tom Carlisle, Chair, NANPA Environment Committee at tom@compass-points.com.


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