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Friday, October 14 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Friday Keynote: Biodiversity: A Love Story

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The relationship between humans and nature over time and cultures will be explored, including the early history of conservation in North America. This will include conservationist philosophies about stewardship espoused by early naturalists and environmentalists like Grey Owl and Thoreau, the shift to a focus on formal academic or scientific approaches and a resurgence of the role of citizens and natural history (Citizen Science). A diverse range of examples will be used to illustrate the important relationships between education, research and conservation. This review of the ethical and environmental principles and practices provides a basis or rationale for educators to invest time and limited resources in taking children of all ages outdoors.

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Dr. Jim Duncan

Director, Discover Owls
Dr. James Duncan, born in Montréal, Québec, obtained a Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Manitoba for research on the Great Gray Owl. He worked as a conservation zoologist for the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Conservation Data Centres 1992-1999 after which he took on the role of... Read More →

Friday October 14, 2022 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
The Lodge