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DEQ Winter Lunchtime Speaker Series Kicks Off Next Week

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 4:30pm

DEQ kicks off its lunchtime speaker series next week with John Gerwin, research curator in ornithology with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. His presentation on attracting and caring for backyard birds will take place on December 7 at noon.

The guest lecture series is hosted by the Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and features professionals from a wide range of environmental and science backgrounds representing local and state agencies, colleges and universities, and other organizations throughout the state.

The lecture series is designed to provide professional development for employees and educators and to gives attendees the opportunity to interact directly with some of the best experts in their respective fields. Some sessions even head outdoors to explore urban nature, local architecture and green rooftops!

Lectures are usually held on Wednesdays in the office’s Environmental Literacy Center located in the Nature Research Center from noon until 1:00 p.m. The upcoming series includes several interesting presentations, including Amy Comer with the Division of Marine Fisheries on artificial reefs in North Carolina, Dan Gottlieb and Rachel Woods with the N.C. Museum of Art on the NCMA Park’s new landscape and sustainability features, and Alexandra Mash with NCSU talking about the Candid Critter citizen science program and its statewide camera trap survey.

On January 26 there will be two special presentations. DEQ has partnered with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and N.C. Aquariums to bring Chris Fischer, the founding chairman and expedition leader for OCEARCH to the Daily Planet Theater to talk about his organization’s research and their work tracking sharks off the North Carolina coast and around the world. Fischer will also speak at a Science Café that evening in Daily Planet Restaurant in addition to the lunchtime lecture.

Go here for the full Lunchtime Discovery line up.