Eye for the Wild Gallery Event: September 28, 2019

Eye for the Wild Gallery Event: September 28, 2019

Enjoy wildlife photography at our free, family friendly gallery event showcasing the amazing entries we received for our 2019 photography contest. The evening will include short presentations from professional wildlife photographers, local wildlife experts, as well as a visit from one of our educational ambassadors! Join us for some refreshments, learn some tips and tricks for your own wildlife photography, and be inspired by Oliver, our resident Striped Skunk.

Date: September 28
Location: Calgary Central Library
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: Free

Speakers include:

Dr. Scott Lovell
Dr. Lovell was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. His interest in the natural world began when he was 14, when he developed an interest in birds. During his undergraduate career at Auburn University, Dr. Lovell discovered that he could actually make a career out of his birding hobby. After travelling the world bird watching, he moved to Calgary in 2000 to start his M.Sc. in behavioural ecology at the University of Calgary. The focus for his Ph.D., also completed at the University of Calgary, was evolutionary ecology and speciation in birds. Currently, Dr. Lovell is an assistant professor of Biology at St. Mary’s University in South Calgary.
Dr. Lovell’s research interests currently involve understanding how new bird species arise, how geographical variation within these species are produced, and how behaviours, such as song, evolve.

Gavin McKinnon: The Road to 300 – An Alberta Big Year
Gavin first started birding almost a decade ago after he took a family trip to Point Pelee National Park, one of the best birding hotspot in all of Canada. Since then Gavin has gone on to bird in some of the birdiest regions across the country as well traveling in the neotropics. Recently Gavin has been leading birding trips and teaching identification workshops to help other birders sharpen their skills. In 2019 Gavin is doing an Alberta “Big Year” where he is attempting to see more than 300 species in one calendar year.

Susan Holroyd

Susan is the Calgary Regional Coordinator for the Alberta Community Bat Program. She has worked on bats for about three decades with work in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Zimbabwe. Along with conservation work with the Alberta Community Bat Program, she has developed a set of Best Management Practices for bats targeting several resource industries with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment. Like many of the bat biologists in western Canada, Susan did graduate studies on bats with Dr. Robert Barclay at the University of Calgary. Her professional career has also included working with a large consulting company in Calgary and as a regional wildlife biologist on Vancouver Island for several years before returning to Calgary. She has three daughters, two cats and hopes to continue to spread the word regarding the importance of bat conservation both in Alberta and globally.

Dax Justin

Dax Justin is an accomplished Canadian explorer, photographer, storyteller, creative director, speaker and photojournalist. A Contributor to Canadian Geographic and a National Geographic Certified Educator, Dax’s photos and stories are focused on connecting humans back to nature. His work lives at the intersection of humans and our natural ecosystems; as his photographic work is concerned with wildlife conservation, ecotourism, ocean health and human impact on the environment, the youth vs. technology, and indigenous culture.

Dax’s work has been featured in major national and international publications documenting exploration including Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine, Outside TV, Matador Network, the Travel Channel, Hootsuite, The Weather Network and Instagram.

Also a public speaker, Dax did a TEDx Talk in 2017 in Canmore, Alberta, and in 2018 he was a Keynote Speaker alongside Dr. David Suzuki at the Prairie University Biology Symposium in Calgary, AB.

Photo Credit: Maureen Hills-Urbat