Wednesday, March 22: Dr. Tom Smith

Living in Harmony with Bears – Insights from the Field and Lab

Dr. Tom Smith is a professor of Wildlife Sciences at Brigham Young University in Utah, where he has taught for the past 16 years. Over the course of his career, he has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Dr. Smith has conducted studies of bighorn, bobcats, and four species of bears (sloth, black, brown, and polar). He has studied human-bear interactions for the past 21 years with research in Alaska, Utah, Canada, and India. His research focuses on human-wildlife conflict and a thread that weaves throughout all his work is the promotion of human safety and bear conservation.

Dr. Smith serves as a scientific advisor to Polar Bears International, Wildlife SO5- India, and the international working group for polar bear conflict resolution.

Wednesday, April 5: Maggie Dwire

Mexican Wolves: Back from the Brink

Maggie Dwire is the Deputy Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

She has degrees in Biological Anthropology and Environmental Studies. Maggie started her career with the USF service more than 20 years ago already focused on the recovery of the Mexican wolf. Though coming perilously close to extinction, with the help of the Endangered Species Act, the Mexican wolf is staging a remarkable comeback through a collaborative binational recovery program with Mexico. Maggie’s responsibilities include recovery and management of the Mexican wolf both in the wild and as liaison to the binational breeding program.

Wednesday, April 19: Kate Davis

Fifty Years as a Junior Zoologist

Kate (Phillips) Davis began her avian-loving life here at the Cincinnati Zoo with the Junior Zoologist Club (JZC) and mentor Barry Wakeman. Then only 13 years old, the JZC has influenced every aspect of her life since. Kate founded the education program Raptors of the Rockies 35 years ago and still runs the program from the banks of the Bitterroot River in Western Montana. Along for the ride are a dozen non-releasable and falconry birds, the stars of nearly 2000 programs. They are family and the sources of inspiration for her drawings, paintings, etchings, welded steel sculptures, photography, and writing. Kate has authored and illustrated seven books, including Falcons of North America and Raptors of the West.

Wednesday, May 3: Dr. Leno Davis

Local Science for Global Impact

Dr. Ancilleno “Leno” Davis is the Senior Scientist and Policy Analyst at the Bahamas National Trust. He has taught at three universities and works with organizations in the Bahamas and around the world to train local communities on conservation issues. He works both in the marine and terrestrial environment. He is a builder and educator in the organizational and policy development realms. Dr. Davis strengthens formal science with local perspectives to achieve conservation success.

Virtual Attendees

The virtual live stream will be held via Zoom. For the best experience and access to features, it is recommended you have the Zoom desktop application for computers or the mobile app downloaded on your device before the lecture.  If you already have Zoom downloaded, make sure you “Check for Updates” on your app so you have the latest version.  Please note these lectures occur in the Eastern Time Zone.  Thank you so much for joining us from around the world!

How will I get my link to join the webinar?

Once you register and pay through the Zoo’s web store, check your confirmation email from the Zoo.  The email you receive will have a PDF attachment with your virtual “ticket” (or tickets) which includes a separate Zoom registration link for each lecture you sign up for (so ensure you scroll to each ticket page for each lecture’s registration link).  Enter your name and email address, and upon submission, you’ll receive an automated email from Zoom with your unique webinar link.  Zoom will also email you this link again 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the lecture.  Please do not share your join link – it is unique to you.

What if I cannot attend that evening? Can I view a recording?

Yes!  If you sign up for a virtual ticket, a day or two after the live event we will email all virtual registrants (whether you were able to attend or not) a link to the recording that will be available for up to 1 month after the lecture.

CZBG’s Wildlife Conservation Award

The year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Wildlife Conservation Award. Each year, the Zoo invites several of the world’s leading conservationists and scientists to participate in this series and presents its annual Wildlife Conservation Award to one of the speakers.

1993 – Dame Jane Goodall 2005 – Cynthia Moss 2017 – Craig Packer
1994 – E. O. Wilson 2006 – David Western 2018 – Amy Dickman
1995 – Roger Tory Peterson 2007 – Mark Plotkin 2019 – Mike Fay
1996 – Birute Galdikas 2008 – Robert Kennedy 2020 – n/a
1997 – Russ Mittermeier 2009 – Iain Douglas-Hamilton 2021 – Patricia Wright
1998 – Richard Leakey 2010 – Alan Rabinowitz 2022 – Rob Portman
1999 – Ted Turner 2011 – n/a
2000 – Laurie Marker & Cathryn Hilker 2012 – Sharon Matola
2001 – Peter Raven 2013 – John Kamanga
2002 – Wangari Mathaai 2014 – John Ruthven
2003 – George Schaller 2015 – Tico McNutt
2004 – n/a 2016 – Suzana Padua & Claudio Padua