Lindsay Wildlife Brings World Famous Environmental Scholars, Experts and Explorers to Walnut Creek!

SF Premiere Bay Area Science and Education Center bringing Dr. Wade Davis for second annual season!   

After an immensely successful inaugural year, Lindsay Wildlife Experience is proud to announce its second season of Conservation Icons! And on January 5, 2019, Lindsay has secured premiere speaker, famed anthropologist, ethnobotanist and author Dr. Wade Davis! 

Davis is the author of 15 books including the international best seller, The Serpent and the Rainbow. Davis, who will speak at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek, is an internationally recognized National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, filmmaker and photographer, and has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

The 2018-19 Iconsseason kicks-off on Aug. 11 with “whale tagger” and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Ari Friedlaender. Friedlaender will present his amazing experiences hanging off the sides of boats in the Arctic and tagging whales!

The Conservation Icons series aims to educate, entertain and inspire change! And this year, tickets will sell out with the founder of the Unbound Project, Raabia Hawa, who works to protect Kenyan wildlife, as well as Joel Reynolds from the Natural Resources Defense Council, who is quite literally the Earth’s lawyer. From whales and rattlesnakes to the devastating effects of invasive species, these speakers will drive home the need for conservation and action to save our planet.

For Executive Director Dr. Cheryl McCormick, these speakers are her heroes.

“My heroes have been so vital in shaping the person I am today—ecologist, conservationist and defender of imperiled wildlife and habitats—that I felt compelled to create a speaker series, Conservation Icons, to serve as a platform from which others who share my passion for preserving the diversity of the biosphere and ethnosphere can draw inspiration, rejuvenation and hope,” she said. “I know you will be delighted and awestruck by the all-star lineup of internationally renowned leaders, visionaries and impassioned voices that are changing our world and motivating each of us to rise to our best selves. Join us for the second annual Conservation Icons speaker series, beginning in August, and expect to be transformed.”

2018-19 Conservation Icons Speaker schedule

  • Aug. 11: Dr. Ari Friedlaender, UC Santa Cruz, Oregon State University—Orcas and Humpback Whales
  • Sept. 15: Dr. Emily Taylor, Cal Poly—Rattlesnakes
  • Oct. 13: Raabia Hawa, Unbound Project—Kenyan Wildlife
  • Nov. 10: Dr. Dan Simberloff, Harvard and University of Tennessee Knoxville— Invasive Species
  • Jan. 5, 2019: Dr. Wade Davis, University of British Columbia—Life’s Diversity*
  • March 23: Joel Reynolds, Natural Resources Defense Council—Defendingthe Earth*

* These two presentations will be held at Lesher Center for the Arts. The rest will be held at Lindsay Wildlife Experience.