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Cocktails & Conservation Lecture Series

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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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Curiosity-Driven Discovery: Illuminating Our Path to the Future

Speaker: Dr. David Fitzpatrick
CEO and Scientific Director at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

April 13, 2022 • 11:30 AM
Cafe Boulud

301 Australian Ave, 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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Palm Beach Zoo will be closed Monday, August 15, through
Friday, August 19, for smummer spruce-up!
The Zoo will reopen 9:00 AM Saturday, August 20.