Wildlife Photography Discussion with Kristi Odom
Join us at the Museum of Boulder for a discussion on wildlife photography with guest speaker Kristi Odom, in partnership with the Colorado Pika Project. This discussion will be led by moderator Dr. Stefan Ekernas, Denver Zoo’s Director of Colorado Field Conservation.
About Kristi Odom:
Kristi Odom is an internationally awarded photographer, a Nikon Ambassador, an associate fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and a motivational speaker. With a background in sports, concerts, and wedding photography, she now works solely on her biggest passion, which is wildlife. She believes strongly in the power of photography to help create positive change and ultimately help protect the planet’s wildlife. A photographer and filmmaker, her work focuses on connecting people emotionally to animals and celebrating those who have a connection to the natural world. While she is based in Longmont, Colorado, she runs an adventure company with her husband, taking photographers all around the world, providing guests with life-changing experiences, while teaching advanced photo skills. Her work has appeared either online and/or in print for the following clients: National Geographic, Nikon, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Microsoft and Outside Magazine.
About Dr. Stefan Ekernas:
Dr. Stefan Ekernas is Denver Zoo’s Director of Colorado Field Conservation, where he leads the Zoo’s statewide conservation programs. A wildlife biologist by training, Stefan discovered photography as a different avenue to understand the animals he was studying while also telling their stories. He has lived among, studied, conserved, and photographed wildlife in Central and South Asia, southern and East Africa, and western North America.
About the Colorado Pika Project:
In the face of a climate crisis, the Colorado Pika Project is engaging community scientists to conserve the American pika and safeguard the health of alpine ecosystems in Colorado. The Colorado Pika Project is a research project implemented by community scientists across Colorado. Through long-term monitoring of pika populations, we are not only providing useful data to researchers and land managers, but we are doing so in a way that educates and engages Coloradans in conservation and the local impacts of climate change.
About the Pikas, Prairies, and the Climate Crisis exhibit at the Museum of Boulder:
Using stunning field photography and video this exhibit in partnership with the Colorado Pika Project explores the surprising connections between Colorado’s shortgrass prairies and the American pika. Pikas, a cold-loving species that live in the high-altitude mountains, are threatened by warming temperatures and diminishing snowpack. Their survival may depend on our ability to protect a place hundreds of miles from their alpine home — the Great Plains. Visitors will learn about conservation efforts to connect the dots between these two diverse areas, as well as ways that they can become involved in protecting pika, prairies, pronghorn, and more.
This event is FREE for Museum of Boulder members. Not a member? Join today!