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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Paul Rosolie

Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

The Western Amazon is considered a mega-biodiverse region, and Madre de Dios (Mother of God) is its crown jewel. In terms of environmental importance, there is no compare. The region holds over 15% of the total global plant species, 16% of total birds, and 17% of all amphibian species in an area that is 0.2% of the land surface of the planet. Many of the species there are endemic, occurring nowhere else. The ecosystem that these species make up is the lifeblood of a biome that dominates the South American continent. It is the rainforest that creates the rainforest, the mother of the Amazon. Madre de Dios is choked in jungle, so wild and so inaccessible that human destruction has left it almost entirely untouched. It is deep jungle surrounded by deep jungle. There are parts of it where jaguars prowl river beaches in broad daylight because—just as Darwin observed in the Galapagos—the animals there don’t know to be afraid of humans.

The Madre de Dios is home to a number of rare spectacles: flocks of brilliantly colored endangered macaws, hundreds (if not thousands) of undescribed species, and uncontacted tribes. Paul Rosolie is one of the few North Americans to have encountered voluntarily isolated nomadic Indians face to face, and work and share the same forests they inhabit. He also is the first to explore and describe a place he calls the floating forest – a great swamp-lake with an archipelago of grassy islands, where anacondas meet to bask in safety, and breed. It is unlike anywhere else in the Amazon, and it is home to some true giants. Rosolie has documented individuals well over 20ft in length, one snake carrying, and overpowering seven adults (who were trying to restrain and measure it). But this rare place in the forest, and the infamous predator that it is home to, have resounding ecological effects on the surrounding jungle.

Paul Rosolie is a naturalist, explorer, author, and award winning wildlife filmmaker. His short film An Unseen World won the UN Forum on Forests 2013 short films award, and has been described as ‘nature filmmaking at its most raw and innovative.” His book new book Mother of God has gained the praise of environmentalists and adventurers such as Jane Goodall, Bear Grylls, and Bill McKibben who have called the book a “gripping,” “awe inspiring,” “rousing tale,” “with a great and enduring point.”

Date: 12/01/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

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Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

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