Speakers include scientists in zoology, conservation, veterinarian medicine, ecology and animal behavior.

COAL VALLEY, Ill. (Feb. 8, 2018) – Niabi Zoo announced today the launch of a new series of lectures on conservation, ecology, biology and zoology. The series will continue throughout the year, and the first three lectures will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 and March 1 at the Niabi Zoo educational center.

The lecture series will bring guests in direct contact with people and topics of vital importance to understanding of the natural world.

“We want to connect people to the natural world through science and education,” says Lee Jackson, director of Niabi Zoo. “Questioning the validity of science is becoming all too common. One of the best ways to restore confidence in the scientific method is to hear from the scientists themselves who are leaders in their respective disciplines and are directly involved in field conservation and research.”

Niabi Zoo members, zoo volunteers and students (with valid college ID) are invited to attend the series at no cost. An $8 fee per lecture will be charged to all other individuals wishing to attend. No parking fee will be collected.

Space is limited to 45 individuals per lecture. Those interested in attending should RSVP online at www.NiabiZoo.com/Education-Programs/ConservationScienceSpeaker or call 309-799-3482 x 222.

Conservation & Science Speaker Series Schedule 

Feb. 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Lecture: Attract, Observe, and Understand Pollinators

Presented by: Martha A. Smith – University of Illinois Extension

Martha Smith has been with University of Illinois Extension since 1994. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois in Ornamental Horticulture and a master’s degree in adult education from Western Illinois University. Martha is a member of the Perennial Plant Association, Illinois Green Industry Association, North America Rock Garden Society, American Conifer Society and is a certified arborist. Her current responsibilities serve Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties in Illinois as horticulture educator. She coordinates and teaches both the Master Gardener and Master Naturalist trainings in her unit and offers various programs across the state.

RSVP at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=fv5i8dkab&oeidk=a07ef3v4pru1eefcf0d

March 1, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Lecture: The Gran Chaco of Paraguay: An Animal Paradise at Risk

Presented by: Dr. Juan Manuel Campos Krauer

Dr. Juan Manual Campos Krauer is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences & Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida. He specializes in wildlife health and conservation, emerging zoonotic diseases, veterinary parasitology, vector-borne diseases, wildlife ecology, historical biogeography, phylogeography and biodiversity and invasive species.

RSVP at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=fv5i8dkab&oeidk=a07ef3v5lnh4ed91020

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