DATE: Friday, May 30, 2008
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
VENUE: Miller Theatre
PARTICIPANTS: Bernie Krause, Richard Leakey, Ellen Prager, David Thoreson

Our audience joined renowned conservationist Richard Leakey and bio-acoustician Bernie Krause for an intimate look at some of the world’s most endangered species of plants and animals.

Featuring presentations of sounds now extinct from the wild, as well as stunning new video footage from the Arctic, the program took us on a visceral journey through the past, present, and possible future of life on earth, and presented in no uncertain terms what’s at stake in the fight to preserve our planet’s rich biodiversity.

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Bernie Krause is a bioacoustician — an expert on the sounds of nature — who has traveled the world recording and archiving the sounds of endangered creatures and environments. He is President and CEO of Wild Sanctuary, Inc., one of the world’s largest archives of natural sounds.

Paleontologist, Conservationist, Politician

Paleontologist Richard Leakey’s discoveries have helped shape our understanding of human origins. He is a committed conservationist and staunch advocate for the protection of Kenyan wildlife. A former director of Kenya’s Wildlife Service, he is the author of several books including The Sixth Extinction.

Marine biologist

Ellen Prager is a marine biologist, author and chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Aquarius Undersea Laboratory in Key Largo, Florida. She is the Chairman of the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel for the federal government and an author of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s 2004 report to Congress and the President.

Sailor, Photographer

David Thoreson is an adventurer, photographer and sailor who has bicycled 10,000 miles around North America; sailed 36,000 miles around the planet; and crossed the Atlantic three times by sail. In the summer of 2007, he completed the Northwest Passage, where he filmed a documentary about the effects of climate change.