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May 2016
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Forest Park Owls: Hiding In Plain Sight

Tuesday, May 10 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Zoo North Entrance ONLY – Click Find Out More for Directions

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

Featured Speaker: Mark H. X. Glenshaw is an award-winning naturalist who has observed and documented great horned owls in Forest Park in St. Louis since December 2005.

Great horned owls are the most widespread, commonly found owl in North America, living almost everywhere from our most remote wild areas to urban parks. Mark’s talk will cover how he found these owls in Forest Park, basic facts about the species, and the different behaviors he has been able to see and document including hooting, hunting, mating, and rearing of young, with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors. Watch as one of our top and most adaptable predators comes to vivid life. Do not be surprised to find yourself looking for owls afterwards!

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The Dirt on Soil: Life Underground

Wednesday, May 11 @ 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS),
101 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63124 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration Required. Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 3. Register at deercreekalliance.org!

A Wild Ideas Worth Sharing lecture and book signing.

6:30 p.m. Check-in and Networking
7:00 p.m. Program
8:30 p.m. Refreshments and Book Signing

Jeff Lowenfels and James Sotillo come together in St. Louis from opposite ends of the country with a focus on biodiversity on levels too long beneath our notice.

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Exploring the Moon from Orbit – Paving the Way for Future Astronaut Explorers

Thursday, May 12 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Daniel Boone Branch- St. Louis County Library,
300 Clarkson Rd.
Ellisville, MO 63011 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Ryan Clegg-Watkins, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Dr. Clegg-Watkins uses Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images to study the effects of rocket exhaust on lunar soil and to investigate silicic volcanic regions of the Moon. She hopes to one day use her research and skills to help plan future robotic and manned planetary missions.

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October 2016

Prairie Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes

Tuesday, October 18 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114 United States
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— a Wild Ideas Worth Sharing special partnership event

The Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region. Local and regional practitioners share stories and insights from real-world projects happening in the region, and challenge us all to wildly rethink where we live, work, play, and prosper.

Free and Open to all. Registration Required. Mark your calendars and check back soon for registration information!

Featured Speakers: Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation, and a representative from The Land Institute

Could native-planted building landscapes help feed our communities? Forty years of plant research and breeding by The Land Institute (Salina, KS) has advanced into global field trials of edible grains TLI has perennialized to grow in the polyculture of a prairie, without fertilizer or pesticides and with minimal energy inputs. TLI recently partnered with Saint Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Garden in a landmark data-gathering effort to further these options to transform agriculture. The Missouri Prairie Foundation, a longtime TLI collaborator, leverages native ecosystem expertise into this mix. Speakers from TLI and MPF will lead a virtual tour of edible prairie potentials. This is Biodiversity for building occupants who eat!

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