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No Public Lecture - 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 30th, at 9:00 am.

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Film Screening - The Narwhal’s Wake - Wednesday, May 31

In the face of seismic cannon, oil exploration, changing arctic climates, and Inuit hunts, the create that spawned a legend might soon become a myth. The Explorers Club cordially invites you to a short screening of ‘The Narwhal’s Wake,’ followed by talks on the dangers facing the narwhals of Baffin Bay.

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Public Lecture Series with David Thoreson - Monday, June 12

OVER THE HORIZON: Exploring the Edges of a Changing Planet - David Thoreson FN ’16 will share stories of adventure as the first American to sail the Arctic’s Northwest Passage in both directions, including an eye-witness account of the climate change impacts to sensitive Arctic and ocean environments. His presentation includes visual stories of three Arctic expeditions aboard small sailboats. It stitches these voyages together with history, photography, trip planning, satellite data, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment which have contributed to loss of Arctic ice.

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Presidential Dinner with John Lukas of the Okapi Conservation Project - Thursday, June 15

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Public Lecture Series with Ryan Pyle - Monday, October 16

Sparsely populated and spanning more than 1.6 million square kilometers of desert, river basins, mountains, and grasslands, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has had a turbulent history. Many of the events that have occurred there during the last 2500 years have been inextricably associated with its geographical position in northwest China, at a crossroads linking Europe and Asia. Traversed by branches of the series of trade routes that formed the ancient Silk Road, the region has been fought over and controlled by a succession of warlords and empires. Join Ryan as he spends nearly a decade exploring AND documenting the ancient footsteps in shifting sands in China’s remote northwest.

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Apollo F1 engines recovered on Flag Expedition finally fill a place of honor at Museum of Flight

Our 2014 Citation of Merit honorees, The Apollo F-1 Engine Search and Recovery Team, have finally shepherded the engines to their final destination, the Museum of Flight’s “Apollo” exhibit in Seattle, Washington.

For expedition leader and Explorers Club VP of Flag & Honors David Concannon FN ’96, it was a bittersweet moment.

“I was overwhelmed, I still am… It’s a really sad moment. I’m proud of what we and Jeff did, but it’s kinda like sending your son off to college.”

The engines now form a cornerstone of the “Apollo” exhibit in Seattle, while other components from Apollo 11’s F-1 rocket engines will go on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., under an arrangement worked out by NASA, Bezos Expeditions, and the museums.

•   Click here to read more about the ceremony and the exhibit in this piece from

•   Click here to watch video of Jeff Bezos’ talk to kids about Apollo’s legacy

Club Fellow captures footage confirming use of Narwhal Tusk

Canadian researchers have released the first footage showing a new utilitarian purpose for Narwhal tusks: namely that Narwhals also use their tusks to hit and stun fish prior to eating them. Documented by Canadian scientist Robert Hodgson and wildlife filmmaker Adam Ravetch FN ’95, the feeding behavior was observed by Canadian scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the University of Windsor, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Vancouver Aquarium, and Pond Inlet Inuit.  This observation complements Inuit Traditional Knowledge about the Narwhal.

While the scientists believe the primary function of the tusk is probably related to sexual selection, this provides new insights into the function of the tusk, raises new, interesting questions about the species, and opens new avenues of research into these iconic marine mammals. There is a wealth of Inuit Tradition Knowledge and a variety of scientific theory about the uses of the Narwhal’s Tusk, but prior to this there has been no definitive recorded scientific evidence.

•   Click here for footage from the World Wildlife Fund

•   Click here for more information from the World Wildlife Fund

•   Click here for footage from Adam Ravetch

•   Click here to read the full release from Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The Rolex Explorer Grants

The Explorers Club and Rolex share a common vision – supporting and fostering emerging young explorers. As a result of this shared vision, we are pleased to announce the inauguration of The Rolex Explorer Grants.

The Rolex Explorer Grants will send extraordinary young explorers into the field and promote the significant role that exploration plays in addressing cutting-edge scientific questions, understanding our environment and the world we live in, and learning more about our history. In 2017 up to five $10,000 grants will be awarded to young explorers.

This program is open to all field science disciplines. Proposals must contain a field science exploration component and address a novel scientific, environmental, or historic question. In addition to demonstrating a spirit of exploration, candidates must put forward a project or research proposal that has a clear scientific rationale, represents original work, and has the potential for significant impact or new understanding. Fieldwork must be completed by February 28, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria include:

•   Students currently enrolled in a College / University undergraduate (Bachelor) or graduate (Master or Doctoral) degree program; or
•   Post-doctoral student within 2 years of their doctoral degree at the time of application; or
•   Young Explorers 35 years old or younger.

Awardees will be acknowledged at The Explorers Club Annual Dinner in March 2018, and will receive membership in The Explorers Club for the duration of their award.

Requirements of Grant Recipients:

•   Submission of a written report of research/field work
•   Presentation of research/field work in 3 separate community forums (eg: Church, School, or Community Center, etc.)
•   Presentation of research/field work during the Explorers Club Annual Dinner weekend
•   Creation of a 2 minute “in the field” video for The Rolex Explorer Grants website
•   Agree to give Rolex and The Explorers Club the rights to images and use of likeness

The Rolex Explorer Grants will begin accepting applications on May 10, 2017.

The deadline for submission will be 11:59 pm EDT, June 5, 2017.

To apply Register at:

Awardees will be notified by: June 16, 2017.

Written reports will be required to be submitted by February 28, 2018.

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