Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thrive with us at annual breakfast

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications


Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Here mountains grasp at the clouds, waterways flow across the distance, forests burst from the earth, and shrub-steppe stretches beyond the horizon. The Pacific Northwest has a global reputation for its scenic beauty and relative wildness. We connect with nature all around us. Those connections run deep, as our everyday choices have an impact: the way we store our garbage could mean life or death for bears, and the way we tend to our gardens can help or harm native pollinators.

Grizzlies at Woodland Park Zoo. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo; modified. 

On March 19, join us for our annual Thrive breakfast, co-chaired by Maryanne Tagney and Margie Wetherald at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, to learn how your Woodland Park Zoo is working with communities, researchers and conservationists through the Living Northwest conservation program to study, preserve and protect the wonders of the Northwest, finding ways for us all to coexist with the wildlife around us.

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Living Northwest combines conservation projects that focus on native species restoration, habitat protection, research, wildlife education and human-wildlife conflict mitigation across the region—strategies that improve the health of our wildlife populations, ecosystems and communities. Chris Morgan, the founder of Western Wildlife Outreach (formerly Grizzly Bear Outreach Project) —a Living Northwest collaborator—will join us as guest speaker at Thrive.

Guest speaker Chris Morgan. Photo copyright of Brenda Phillips.

Chris has more than 20 years of experience working as a wildlife researcher, guide and educator on every continent where bears exist. Chris has also appeared in numerous television specials, including PBS NATURE's Siberian Tiger Quest and Bears of the Last Frontier, BBC/Discovery's Great Bear Stakeout, and Wildlife Media's BEARTREK, a global campaign and independent feature documentary for bear conservation. Thrive guests will learn more about Chris's adventures, which have taken him around the world in search of the planet's most fascinating carnivores.

See you at Thrive! Photo by Mat Hayward/Woodland Park Zoo.

Admission to Thrive is complimentary and all are welcome to attend. You can help us keep Thrive free by making a donation. Register for the breakfast and get ready to Thrive with us.

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