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Conservation Conversations: Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Hybrid Event with book signing at in-person presentation.

Registration required for virtual event ONLY, or attend in person at:

Saint Louis Zoo
Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY.) Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register.

Free and OPEN to ALL. Registration required for virtual event ONLY. Reservations not required for in-person attendance. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Following government guidelines, the Zoo no longer has mask requirements for guests, but still recommends that guests wear them indoors. Please continue to be kind and considerate of others’ decisions to wear or not wear masks.

Featured Speaker: Juli Berwald, Ph.D., science writer and ocean expert

Science writer and ocean expert Juli Berwald discusses her new book, Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs, an inspiring, lucid, meditative ode to coral reefs and the undaunted scientists working to save them against almost impossible odds. Berwald shares what it means to keep fighting a battle whose outcome is uncertain and the beauty of small victories.

Copies of Life on the Rocks will be available for purchase and signing by the author following the in-person presentation.

Free

A Survey of Missouri’s Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens Using Citizen Science

Zoom

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Scientist: Deborah Hudman, MS, Senior Research Associate, Microbiology and Immunology, A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

There is a pressing need to increase tick surveillance in Missouri. New human pathogens transmitted by ticks are being discovered, and the state has a diverse and abundant tick community that is poorly understood. Using citizen science, we can develop information on patterns in tick-borne health issues statewide and simultaneously convert the public from passive recipients of information to active participants in scientific study. This project began in April 2021 and will continue through September 2022. To date, over 15,000 ticks have been submitted and all but one county has submitted at least one tick.

      

Free

Recurring

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free

The Work of the Engineers Without Borders USA Gateway Professional Chapter

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required! Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Engineers:
Chad Olney, Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Kansas City District Extension Office, St. Louis; Project Lead, Engineers Without Borders Gateway Chapter Community Engineering Corps project, Vacant Lots to Parks, Connecting Hodiamont Tracks
Bridget Hart, Software Engineer, Mastercard; Vice President, Engineers Without Borders Gateway Professional Chapter

Learn about the basics of Engineers Without Borders - USA's project process and the local Gateway Chapter's water supply/sanitation programs in Bolivia and Nicaragua, its local infrastructure, volunteer projects in St. Louis, and opportunities for members of the community to get involved.

      

Free

Recurring

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free

The Crystal Ball to the World of Plants: Seeing the Unseen with Remote Sensing and AI to Improve Food Security

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required! Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Scientist: Vasit Sagan, PhD, Associate Professor of GIScience, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University; Acting Director, Taylor Geospatial Institute

Dr. Vasit Sagan, Associate Professor of GIScience at Saint Louis University and Acting Director of the Taylor Geospatial Institute presents how remote sensing and AI are being used to develop better crops, teach plants to adapt to a changing climate, and ultimately improve global food security. Vasit demonstrates the capabilities of modern technologies and novel machine learning techniques that allow us to better understand and see inside the magnificent world of plants invisible to our naked eyes.

Free

Recurring

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free

Honey, I Shrunk the Frogs: Uncontrolled Landing Behavior in Miniaturized Pumpkin Toadlets

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required! Mark your calendar! Registration coming soon! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Scientist:
Richard L. Essner, Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Miniaturized frogs are among the world’s smallest vertebrates. Living at the lower extremes of vertebrate body size offers unique opportunities but comes with substantial costs. Biologist Richard Essner shares how miniaturization has resulted in a loss of controlled landing behavior in pumpkin toadlets, a diverse group of frogs from Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

Free

Recurring

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free

Recurring

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free