Join us for an evening with Dr. Richard Hilsenbeck in the Zoo's Tropics Cafe overlooking beautiful Baker Lake. Dr. Hilsenbeck is currently Director of Conservation Projects for the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and has statewide responsibilities for project initiation, design and implementation.
As a special treat, a classical quartet from Palm Beach Public Strings will perform during the cocktail party portion of Thursdays lecture.
Cocktails & passed hors d'oeuvres will be served. Animal encounters will take place throughout the cocktail hour. Pre-registration is required, please contact Pam Viscusi at (561) 533-0887 x 285 for more information.
Dr. Richard A. Hilsenbeck has over 35 years of experience in conservation biology, including nearly 23 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He earned a Ph.D. in Botany at The University of Texas at Austin and was a tenured professor of biology at a state university in West Texas. He is currently Director of Conservation Projects for the Florida Chapter of TNC and has statewide responsibilities for project initiation, design and implementation. He is the author/co-author of over 60 Preservation 2000, Save Our Rivers and Florida Forever projects, with many focused on the conservation of Florida’s ranch and timber lands. Richard is considered an expert in the area of conservation easements, ecological assessments and descriptive ecology of Florida’s natural communities. He has primary responsibility within TNC for land acquisition issues before the state’s Acquisition and Restoration Council and has been successful in guiding scores of projects through the State of Florida’s initial land acquisition process. He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles published in scientific journals, chapters in several books, as well as numerous technical reports to private, state and federal agencies.