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Cocktails & Conservation Lecture Series

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Stories from the Bush: Tales from an African Safari Guide

Speaker: James Currie

December 7, 2021 • 11:30 AM
The Colony Hotel Palm Beach
155 Hammon Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480

JAMES CURRIE, lifelong wildlife enthusiast, has led professional wildlife and birding tours for over 15 years. His passion for birding, adventure and remote cultures has taken him to nearly every corner of the globe. James is fast becoming one of the most recognizable faces in wildlife and birding in North America. James hosts the popular birding TV show, Nikon’s Birding Adventures, now in its 8th season and currently airing on Discovery Channel’s Destination America. He also hosted the popular action-birding show Aerial Assassins on National Geographic WILD, aired in the United States and worldwide in 2012 and appeared in the reality birding show, Twitchers, that aired on the National Geographic Channel.

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Curiosity-Driven Discovery: Illuminating Our Path to the Future

Speaker: Dr. David Fitzpatrick

January 11, 2022 • 11:30 AM
Sailfish Club of Florida
1338 N Lake Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480 

Scientific research is the key to finding solutions to the challenges that face our world. But what is the most effective way to drive forward our understanding of the unknown? Many times, we can’t even imagine what we don’t know, and we are often surprised to learn that what we thought we knew is simply wrong. In his presentation, DR. DAVID FITZPATRICK, CEO and Scientific Director of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, will discuss the unique and highly successful approach that the Max Planck Society brings to scientific inquiry, and how this approach enables scientists in Jupiter to revolutionize the field of neuroscience.

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Path of the Panther

Speaker: Carlton Ward Jr.

February 16, 2022 • 6:00 PM
Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 

CARLTON WARD JR. is a conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer whose passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape and motivated by eight generations of family heritage and a drive to bring new attention and protection to the state’s under-appreciated wild heart. The Path of the Panther project has been Carlton’s full-time focus since 2016, supported by grants from the National Geographic Society and numerous partners. Carlton and his team manage a network of professional photography and video camera traps throughout critical habitat of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. They have inspired a public and political movement to save the Florida Wildlife Corridor through the story of the endangered Florida panther, with the recent Florida Wildlife Corridor Act signed into law.


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Saving Swallow-Tailed Kites

Speaker: Margo McKnight

April 7, 2022 • 6:00 PM
Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 

Did you know North America alone has lost more than 3 billion birds in the last 50 years? MARGO MCKNIGHT, president and CEO at Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, is a biologist, conservationist and philanthropist who will highlight the plight of the swallow-tailed kite, an amazing and important “umbrella species” that depends upon Palm Beach County; the health of kites indicates the overall health of the ecosystem. Journey along with Margo and the kites on a 5,000-mile-long trip from Palm Beach to find their partner, raise their young and then, migrate back to South America. The Zoo partners with the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) and Environmental Resources Management (ERM) to track Swallow-tailed kites using tiny solar backpacks funded by Zoo partner, Florida Power and Light Company (FPL).


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