National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and Vancouver Civic Theatres continues in 2019 with its unique, educational speakers that will bring four more of National Geographic’s most dynamic and entertaining explorers, in three thrilling presentations, to the Orpheum.
Photojournalist Cristina Mittermeier knows the power of water: the power to give life when it is respected, and the power to destroy when it is misused. During her time with the Kayapó people in the Amazon, she documented a society that relied on their local waterway to survive—and found their way of life threatened by a massive new dam. In British Columbia, she found First Nations protecting their sacred headwaters, and in Hawaii, a new community of indigenous peoples seeking to reclaim their connection to the sea. She learned that one concept bound these three disparate communities together: “Enoughness,” or taking only what you need.
In this stunning presentation tied to their landmark book Birds of Paradise Revealed, these intrepid scientists share remarkable photographs and video to reveal—for the first time—all 39 species, including their colorful plumage, secret lives, bizarre displays, and dazzling courtship antics. Join Laman and Scholes as they recount their wild and hairy adventures in the New Guinea rain forest in search of some of nature’s most extraordinary wonders. And explore the fascinating scientific questions around how such extreme creatures and behaviors could have evolved.
Peschak has covered a wide range of subjects for National Geographic, including great white sharks, one-ton manta rays, and massive whale sharks. His photos appeared in “Galapagos: Life in the Balance and Stewards of the Sea” in the June 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. Peschak has written and photographed seven books and is a multiple winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Press Photo Awards. Peschak is a Founding/Associate Director of the Manta Trust and a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
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