‘National Geographic Live’ series debuts with Rae Wynn-Grant and ‘The Secret Life of Bears’
Tue, February 1, 2022 8:50 AM
The “National Geographic Live” speaker series begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8 with “The Secret Life of Bears” by Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant. Organizers said: “Through dynamic photography and video via state-of-the-art projection, audiences will be immersed in the breathtaking science behind nature, in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall.
Wynn-Grant is dedicated to researching wildlife ecology, but it wasn’t until life brought her to Kenya at the age of 20 that she had ever hiked, pitched a tent to camp or saw a wild animal. While there, she studied East African lions – top carnivores that live close to local communities – and observed that problematic interactions between the two groups threatened conservation efforts. Now Wynn-Grant is finding similar patterns for North American black bears and grizzly bears.
As a scientist with the National Geographic Society’s “Last Wild Places” initiative, Wynn-Grant works to protect and restore populations of iconic wildlife: grizzly bears, bison, pronghorns, cougars, and more. . But there is an obstacle: roads, fences and cattle ranches crisscross the habitat of these vast animals. Wynn-Grant studies the movements and behaviors of bears with the goal of finding ways to improve relationships between local communities and the powerful wildlife that surrounds them.
Joe Prizelac, CEO of P&A Group, said, “We are proud to help bring the ‘National Geographic Live’ series to Buffalo. This informative and entertaining series helps educate people in a very accessible format. »
Hadley Exhibits CEO Ted Johnson said, “The presentations we receive through this series are spectacular and give us first-hand insight into the wild world of animals and nature around us.
The “National Geographic Live” series continues with two more events this spring, featuring “Indiana Jones Woman” Mireya Mayor on March 22; and wildlife photographer Vincent J. Musi on May 3.
Single-event tickets are $35. Student tickets are $15. All tickets are subject to a $2 Kleinhans setup fee and additional processing changes. For tickets, call the Kleinhans box office at 716-885-5000 or visit www.kleinhansbuffalo.org.
Kleinhans Music Hall was built in 1940 through the generosity and vision of Edward and Mary Seaton Kleinhans, who made their fortunes from the clothing store that bore their name, and the stewardship of their charitable dreams by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The hall was designed by the Finnish father-son team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, as well as architects FJ and WA Kidd. Kleinhans is known for its combination of graceful structural beauty and extraordinary acoustics. In 1989, the hall was designated a National Historic Landmark, the highest designation of significance a site or structure can receive. Today, the hall hosts performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Babel Series, and tours such as Fiona Apple, Cowboy Junkies, and Bill Burr. For more information, visit www.kleinhansbuffalo.org.