NEW BEDFORD — The third season of the Buttonwood Park Zoo and Zoological Society’s Wildlife Education Series kicks off next month.

Launched in the fall of 2016 as a lecture series on all things wild, this season’s lineup focuses on relevant animal and environmental issues including sharks, turtles and coyotes.

Events will be held in the evening at the Wildlife Education Center at the Zoo. Once again, presenters will incorporate ScienceOn a Sphere (SOS) into related discussions to help provide additional perspective. SOS was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages using computers and video projectors to display planetary data on a six-foot animated globe.  The Zoo’s Sphere is owned by UMass Dartmouth and is on permanent loan to the Zoo.

In an effort to provide unique educational opportunities to students on the SouthCoast, the Zoo is now offering free access to students with a valid student ID.

The format of the seminars varies based on the topic and speakers, from lecture to problem-based learning. It is geared to inquisitive individuals of all ages who are eager to learn and ask questions of topic experts.  All Wildlife Education Series events begin at 6 p.m., and light refreshments are served.

The Zoo and Zoological Society are excited to announce that Not Your Average Joe’s in Dartmouth has signed on for another year to provide a discount to registered attendees.
All Wildlife Education Series attendees receive a 15 percent discount coupon to dine at Not Your Average Joe’s on the evening of the series, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

Tickets are:
Zoo Members: $8
Non-Members: $10
Students: Free with student ID

Winter 2019 Wildlife Education Series:

Thursday, January 10, 2019
New Insights Into the Biology of the White Shark
Greg Skomal, Ph.D., Senior Fisheries Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Narragansett Bay Coyote Study
Numi Mitchell, Ph.D., Lead Scientist and Project Director, The Conservation Agency

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Data-logging loggerheads: A story about sea turtles in the Greater Atlantic Region
Heather Haas, Research Fisheries Biologist, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

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