Wild Places, Wild Things! Conservation Lecture Series
Topic: Going to the Dogs: Conservation Detection Dogs
Speaker: Megan Parker, PhD., Director of Research for Working Dogs Conservation
Location: Osher Great Hall of the Lurie Education Center
Working Dogs for Conservation has been at the forefront of the conservation detection dog field, developing training and field methods for using the unparalleled abilities of canine olfaction to collect information for conservation projects around the world. From detecting the smallest, ignored invasive weed in Montana, to helping describe population parameters of large carnivores in Africa through scat detection, our dogs have provided critical conservation solutions from non-invasive surveys of wildlife sign, invasive plants and live animals. We work collaboratively where hard-to-find samples can have large conservation impacts and many of our projects have been successful only through the use of canine detection, where other methods have failed. We help conservation through conservation partnerships, innovative research, and setting the highest standards for the field.
This lecture is recommended for ages 12 and older. Lecture is free; Zoo admission is not included. For more information, please call 415-753-7073.