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Public Lecture Series with Steve Elkins "Lost City of the Monkey God" - Monday, May 21

The Lost City of the Monkey God: Legends, Discoveries, Consequences, and Legacy - Since 1526, when the conquistador, Hernan Cortes first wrote about the legends of a hidden civilization in the rainforest of what is now known as the Mosquitia in eastern Honduras, explorers have been trying to find it. The place had many names over time but the two most common are Ciudad Blanca and Lost City of the Monkey God. Steve will discuss the importance and attraction of the legend, how he became involved and what it took to make his expeditions and discoveries happen over two decades.

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Film Screening - River of Gold - Wednesday, May 23

The Explorers Club Film Committee invites you to a screening of the new documentary film River of Gold and a post-screening discussion. Led by Peruvian biologist Enrique Ortiz, war journalists Ron Haviv and Donavan Webster bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the Amazon caused by illegal gold mining. River of Gold exposes this existential threat to thousand-year-old trees, native inhabitants, undiscovered species of plants and insects, and more. Four years after their initial trip, the Peruvian government stages a massive intervention. What will be the fate of the Madre de Rios, a region of priceless biodiversity, as its forests are systematically turned into a wasteland?

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Memorial Day - Club Closed

Explorers Club Headquarters will be closed today, Monday, May 28th, in honor of Memorial Day. We will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, May 29th, at 9:00 am.

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Public Lecture Series with Sean Ahearn - Monday, June 11

Tiger Sustainability: Movement, Interaction and Human Impact in Thailand and MyanmarThe ability to understand tigers and the relationship to their environment changed dramatically when Sean Ahearn and his team first put GPS collars on them in the year 2000. Details of their movement and how they relates to behavior, home range size, interaction within and between species, and their interaction with humans could suddenly be analyzed and quantified. This, combined with other field data from camera traps, occupancy surveys, and smart patrol enabled him to obtain a much more complete picture of tiger biology, the ecological systems they inhabit and human impact on them.

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Public Lecture Series with David Harrison - Monday, June 18

Indigenous peoples around the world are stewards of most of the planet’s biodiversity, and also possess the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity. These three domains—Environment, Language, Culture—are critically interconnected. As entire domains of knowledge about the natural world vanish with disappearing languages, humanity’s ability to sustainably manage diverse ecosystems diminishes. Plant and animal species that are well known to local people but not yet known to science enter a twilight of extinction risk. As a Linguist and Anthropologist, David Harrison spent the last two decades working closely with indigenous communities to help sustain their languages and knowledge.

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President’s Video Report - Live Stream How-To

Fellow Explorers,

Did you know that you could watch all our Club Lectures at home or in the field?

We’re thrilled to share our “how-to” video that will enable you to watch our live-streamed Lecture Series.  The Explorers Club has been hosting lectures since 1932, and some of the world’s most prominent men and women of science have lectured at our headquarters.  You can view these extraordinary lectures each Monday evening live-streamed right from your computer or smart phone.

Join us now as we take a closer look on how you can take part.

The 2018 Lowell Thomas Awards - Call to Nominations - Deadline Extended!

Engineering Exploration

October 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts

As a community dedicated to preserving the instinct to explore, we have always valued curiosity, determination, and ingenuity. For the 2018 Lowell Thomas Awards, we will celebrate individuals who have demonstrated the skills necessary to engineer a successful expedition.

The term “engineer” is derived from the Latin ingenium, meaning “cleverness” and ingeniare, meaning to “contrive or devise.” Therefore a qualified candidate should possess the ability to orchestrate and execute noteworthy field expeditions. A nominee may be a technical engineer or coordinator, but he or she may also be an invaluable participant or someone without whom the logistics or success of an expedition would not be possible.

Candidates could include, for example:

•   Field scientists crafting unique solutions to complex problems;
•   Educators or explorers who highlight the importance of mechanical and procedural innovation;
•   Individuals who, by their work, have inspired exploration (including, but not limited to conservation, anthropology, archeology, or any of the other field sciences);
•   Artists, photographers, and documentary filmmakers whose work utilizes or highlights a genuine sense of invention in applied science.

ECAD 2018 Photos

Click Here to View the Galleries

We are happy to share photo galleries from our 114th Annual Dinner, held last month at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Celebrating Next Generation Exploration, the dinner was a tremendous success - honoring the best and brightest in exploration.

The galleries are broken into 3 folders, each named after the photographer who took the photos. All photos are available for download directly off the google drive folder.

Please feel free to download and share the photos on your personal social media pages, and with your friends! If you have any interest in using the photos for media or commercial purposes, please direct inquiries to Kevin Murphy at Club Headquarters - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check-out our latest President’s Video Report, highlighting the Club’s ECAD weekend along with our latest activities and a “video look” at our Chapters around the world, click here to launch the video.

Lastly, if you’d like to see some of the tremendous press coverage of the dinner, please click here to download a PDF of coverage, compiled by Edelman PR.

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