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At the Congress

September 9, 2016

After a long break I’ve decided to start trying to write in my blog again.  Not sure exactly where I came off the rails, but I need to start to doing some creative things again. Unfortunately it has been so long since I’ve done this that I don’t really remember how to post in WordPress anymore, so I am just going to start simple and see what happens.

I had the great fortune last weekend and this week to attend a couple days of the IUCN World Congress held in Honolulu.  As usual my employer registered me at the very last moment so I didn’t realize that I had to sign up in advance for many of the workshops. The National Geographic Storytelling Workshop was really the main thing I wanted to go to, but I couldn’t get in.

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The sting of getting shut of by Nat Geo was lessened a little bit when I happened to almost cross paths with E.O. Wilson…

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E.O. Wilson sighting 

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E.O. Wilson macro shot

Since I couldn’t get into the workshops I spent most of my time in the exhibit hall, which was kind of fun since I was able to chat with a few friends and catch up with some folks I don’t normally get to see.  Here are few shots from the exhibit hall…

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One of the many presentations going on in the exhibit hall.

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The seating and partitions were all made out of recyclable cardboard. 

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Google demonstration area.

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NOAA Science on Sphere.

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Hello Mr. Monk Seal.

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So this was actually on the second floor, but it had a cool vibe.  A hang out spot sponsored by National Geographic.

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“I’d like to thank the IUCN for the opportunity to speak today…”

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I took my family to the exhibit hall on Saturday and my kids had a good time (that is not my daughter in orange shirt).  There was a mural for participants to paint something they thought was good for the earth.

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My daughters painted the blue butterfly in the center – I suppose it is a lycaenid of some sort or maybe a blue morpho.

 

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