Upcoming Events at the

Rocky Mountain Chapter of The Explorers Club

January 19, 2024: A Public/Chapter Talk by Peter Greenberg

The Brave New World of Travel: Where I won’t Go: Understanding Fear, the True Metrics, Dealing with State Department Advisories and Mapping out the Real World

Location: Nevin Platt Middle School, 6096 Baseline Rd., Boulder at 6:30 PM

 A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known in the travel industry as “The Travel Detective,” he is the Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning. And his national CBS EYE ON TRAVEL radio show is broadcast from a different location around the world each week.

The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Peter Greenberg also hosts the weekly public television show The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg. And, for more than 20 years, Greenberg has produced and hosted The Royal Tour, historic, precedent-setting shows, where sitting heads of state become Greenberg’s tour guide for very personal journeys to and through their countries, for one-hour global prime-time specials. The Royal Tours range from King Abdullah in Jordan to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the President of Mexico, the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of Rwanda and many others.

Peter Greenberg a member of The Explorers Club, began his career in journalism as West Coast correspondent for Newsweek in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He won a national Emmy Award for Best Investigative Reporting for the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTjF8BGK4p8special on the final orphan flight out of Vietnam, “What Happened to the Children?” He also is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and an Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Aviation Space Writers Association of America.

And when he is not reporting all over the world, Greenberg is an active volunteer fireman on Fire Island, New York.

$10 p.p. at the door for members and guests over age 13; proceeds to benefit the Rocky Mountain chapter. Please RSVP by January 17 to jeff@blumenfeldpr.com

 

February 17, 2024: Saving the Wildebeest Migration: A Maasai Perspective

Fjallraven retail store

1510 Platte Street, Denver at 7 PM

 

One of the natural wonders of the world is the annual migration of white-bearded wildebeest across the Serengeti-Maasai Mara savanna ecosystem of Kenya and Tanzania. The Maasai people are pastoralists and have herded cattle and coexisted with wildlife in savanna ecosystems for hundreds of years. Changing land ownership is altering open range by increasing the population of other non-pastoral tribes with differing land management practices. 

 

Fences are being constructed altering both traditional Maasai herding practices and impeding the wildebeest migration. Maasai are no longer able to kill problem lions to protect their herds, altering both predator management and social structures. International wildlife tourism, a huge economic driver, much of which is based on the timing of the wildebeest migration, is threatened.

Eric Reson will discuss the balance of wildlife and pastoral management from a social and environmental perspective.

 

Reson is the Chief Programmes Officer and member of the Senior Management Team at the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association, where he oversees programmes design, implementation, and evaluation of effectiveness while helping to promote and diversify funding through effective resource stewardship. His portfolio includes governance, natural resource management, education, and enterprise. 

 

Before joining MMWCA, Reson worked as a landscape ecologist for the African Foundation Wildlife based in Samburu, where he oversaw research on the gravy zebras, lions, rhinos, wild dogs, and reticulated giraffes. He is an active researcher with ongoing studies on determining annual vulture mortality in southern Kenya. He holds a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology (Clemson University) and is enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

 

May 16, 2024: The Ninety-Nines and Women in Aviation

Fjallraven retail store

1048 Pearl Street, Boulder at 6:30 PM

Join us as we examine the impact of the Ninety-Nines, founded by Amelia Earhart in 1929, on exploring and breaking barriers, Learn about the post-WWII start of women’s air racing and how the innovations of the Powder Puff Derby affected FAA rules, navigation, and the aviation industry. Also, how today’s air racing continues to evolve.

THE NINETY-NINES, INC.®, is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 44 countries based in Oklahoma City. Although there are other female pilot organizations in various states and nations, virtually all women of achievement in aviation have been or are members of The Ninety-Nines. This presentation will be given by Gretchen Jahn.

 

POSTPONED: December 7, 2023: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: How scientists chase eclipse shadows and you can, too

 

Presented by Dr. Amir Caspi (left) and Dr. Dan Seaton

Location: TBD

Total solar eclipses are one of the most spectacular astronomical phenomena observable to the naked eye. They also provide a rare opportunity for scientists to study the Sun’s million-degree atmosphere – the solar corona – in ways and details that are not possible at any other time. In this presentation, Dr. Caspi and Dr. Seaton will describe the surprising science of the Sun and the solar corona, and its influence on us here on Earth, and the wonder of experiencing a total solar eclipse.