ADK Lecture Series - Bill Weber and Amy Vedder

Saturday, September 25 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM [EDT]

8023, New York 30, Paul Smiths, NY, 12970, United States

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Weber/Vedder Mountain Gorilla Lecture ticket Partial Approval - $5.00

All PSC and NCCC students may attend this lecture for free. Please call 518-327-6241 to register. If you are calling after work hours, please leave your name and the number of people in your party. All others are asked to purchase a ticket. Thank you.

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Saturday, September 25 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM [EDT]

Paul Smith's VIC, 8023, Paul Smiths, NY, 12970, United States.

In the Kingdom of Gorillas: Success and Challenges in Tourism and Conservation

Mountain gorillas teetered on the edge of extinction forty years ago. They have since staged a remarkable comeback within the troubled region of east-central Africa. Drs. Amy Vedder and Bill Weber will discuss that recovery, the pioneering approaches of ecotourism and community engagement that have made it possible, and the challenges that continue to face the gorillas. It is a story with global implications, from Africa to the Adirondacks.

Amy and Bill have worked for more than thirty years in international conservation, combining protection of wildlife and wild lands with concern for local human needs. They lived and worked in Rwanda for 8 of those years, before returning to take on leadership positions with Wildlife Conservation Society directing programs in Africa and North America.

Amy and Bill’s work has been featured in National Geographic and other media outlets. Their book, In the Kingdom of Gorillas, was called one of “the most influential books from the past 40 years of wildlife publishing” by BBC Wildlife and selected as a “Best Science and Nature book” by National Public Radio.

Vedder and Weber currently teach graduate courses in conservation at Yale University’s School of the Environment. Their permanent home is in Johnsburg, NY where they enjoy hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and clear night skies.

Paul Smith's College

The PSC VIC is dedicated to fostering connections with nature for students, local residents, and regional visitors by providing outdoor recreation opportunities, experiential education programs, and year-round art exhibitions. Any day spent outside on our trails is a great day! Come early and enjoy a walk before the seminar.

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