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Painted Dog Conservation: Peter Blinston at The Explorers Club - Thursday, May 5th

Peter Blinston, the Executive Director of Painted Dog Conservation, will showcase the day-to-day life on the frontline of wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe. He will introduce the painted dogs themselves, the challenges they face and the complex conservation strategies being played out on a daily basis to ensure their future in our lifetime.

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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Alberto Villoldo - Monday, May 9th

In this richly illustrated presentation Dr. Alberto Villoldo will share the cosmology of the Andean peoples, the concept of ‘ayni’ or right relationship, and the magical world view of the shamans who live pre-Columbian in villages above the clouds in central Peru. He has spent more than 25 years studying the Andean paq’os. The Andean sages believe that they can dream with their eyes open, and conjure the world into being newly each day. Alberto will share his images and experiences traveling with sages who were masters of the art of divination and of reading the signs of destiny.

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Chapter Event - Southwest - Thursday, May 19th

About 800 years ago, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) underwent a massive ecological shift. The island was converted from a lush subtropical palm dominated woodland to a grassland. Timed with the arrival of the ancient Polynesians, a fragile environment and human pressures resulted island-wide extinctions of most plant and animal species. Dr. Jut Wynne has studied the relict fauna of Rapa Nui since 2008. He and colleagues discovered several endemic invertebrates - all new to science and now restricted to Rapa Nui caves. Join him as he discusses how these animals were able to eke out a living under-ground, the e¬fforts underway to protect the most vulnerable cave animals, and an over-view on his upcoming three-month expedition to study some of the most imperiled insect species on the planet.

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Public Lecture Series with Daryl Hawk - May 23, 2016

Mr. Hawk will be highlighting sacred landscapes with powerful nature, environmental portraits of indigenous cultures, ancient monasteries, etc. from faraway places such as the Arctic, Antarctica, the Andes, Patagonia, Bolivia, Ladakh, India, New Zealand, Bhutan and much more. However, sacred lands are more than esoteric, spiritual sanctuaries-these places protect biodiversity. He will discuss his role as a documentary photographer and the need to continue to create awareness of key environmental and conservation issues.

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Club Closed - Memorial Day

Explorers Club Headquarters will be closed today, Monday, May 30th, in honor of Memorial Day. We will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, May 31st, at 9:00 am.

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Presidential Dinner with Julian Monroe Fisher - June 2nd, 2016

Spanning three decades of exploration around the globe, Explorer and Anthropologist Julian Monroe Fisher has focused his attention in the last years on Africa where he conducted six Explorers Club Flag expeditions. His work has led him into interesting cultural and geographical corners of the continent while researching a wide range of complex and compelling topics. Fisher is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, a Fellow with The Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the American Anthropological Association.

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Public Lecture Series with Ed Warner - Monday, June 6th

Why would a wealthy former oil/natural gas explorationist and geologist from Colorado repeatedly go to Africa — not for white-gloves-and-high-tea safaris or choreographed big game hunting expeditions, but to risk life and limb in the bush, alongside a colorful cast of dedicated veterinarians, biologists, and locals? To make a real difference and to help save some of nature’s most majestic and most endangered creatures—the rhinoceros. Ed Warner is a noted philanthropist and conservationist. In his career as an exploration geologist, he discovered and participated in development of the Jonah/Pinedale Fields, the third largest natural gas accumulation in US history. Since leaving the natural gas business in 2000, he has pursued philanthropy and volunteer work full-time.

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Public Lecture Series with Scott McVay, Olivier Adam, and David Rothenberg - Monday, June 13th

THE SONG OF THE WHALE: What We Know and What We Don’t Know - The song of the humpback whale was discovered by the US Navy in the 1950s, kept classified for more than a decade, and first presented to the general public at The Explorers Club in 1970 by Roger Payne and Scott McVay. So what have we found out about it since then? Join Scott McVay, Olivier Adam, and David Rothenberg - three people at the heart of this journey - to learn what we know and what we don’t know about the song of the humpback whale, sixty years after its initial discovery.

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Call for Nominations! The 2016 Lowell Thomas Awards

Celebrating the Legacy of Open Spaces

October 15, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California

As explorers of the world, we frequently have the pleasure and privilege of moving through landscapes of amazing beauty, to witness pristine ecosystems, and to experience the overwhelming stillness found in earth’s wild and wide-open spaces. Whether we immerse ourselves in these places to conduct research or to find renewal, we know the supreme importance of these open lands to our own well-being and to the survival of all life forms. Thoreau said it like this: In Wildness is the preservation of the world. Yet, as much as we explorers depend on these places, we often lose sight of the significant efforts and dedication required to keep these places intact and safe from development and degradation.

For the 2016 Lowell Thomas Awards, we will honor the champions of wild and open lands. We seek the nomination of persons who have dedicated themselves to the preservation of wild places, intact ecosystems, and open lands; the guardians of places that inspire us to roam, get lost and explore. A qualified candidate would be both an explorer and an effective advocate for setting aside and/or preserving landscapes for parks, wilderness, sanctuaries or public lands, and may include, for example…

Solar Impulse Team Interviews Richard Wiese

To my fellow explorers,

As we follow the historic and record-setting journey of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, piloting Solar Impulse 2 around the world, we are pleased to share with you a direct and close connection of The Explorers Club to this extraordinary feat led by our fellow members. 

Embedded below is an interview done by TEC President Emirtus Richard Wiese with the Solar Impulse team, now being seen on the Solar Impulse website as millions follow the flight.

Adventure Canada Young Scholars Awards Program

Through the hard work of member Stefan Kindberg and Board Member Milbry Polk, I am delighted to send you this application for young Explorers Club members and prospective members, ages 18-30, to join Adventure Canada’s summer 2016 expedition: Heart of the Arctic. Adventure Canada is generously offering 12 places on this expedition to the Arctic for qualified applicants. Furthermore, starting in 2017, a place will be offered on each of the expeditions that Adventure Canada offers.

I’d like to thank our travel partner Adventure Canada for their outstanding generosity. Introducing our young members to the Arctic can be a life-changing experience and we’re proud that Adventure Canada chose The Explorers Club for this exciting opportunity.

•  Click here to download the Application

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, and interested in applying for this exciting oppurtunity, please download the application and email it to either Stefan Kindberg at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Milbry Polk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Since time is of the essence, I ask that you move quickly, so Adventure Canada can begin the selection process.

Thank you!

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