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Nature Guelph Speaker Series – Fossil Adventures in the Rockies
September 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
From Anomalocaris to Zacanthoides: An Amateur’s Fossil Adventures in the High Rockies
Nature Guelph welcomes our September guest speaker Beth Gilhespy, Chief Executive Officer with the Bruce Trail Conservancy, for our first indoor program of the 2017-2018 season!
Beth, an amateur fossil enthusiast, made her first trip to the Burgess Shale in the Rocky Mountains’ Yoho National Park in 2011, climbing high up to the historic Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds as part of a Parks Canada guided tour. Whether it was the low oxygen levels or the euphoria of the finds, she was hooked! In 2014 she had the incredible fortune to join experts from the Royal Ontario Museum as a volunteer at a new Burgess Shale-like fossil site in nearby Kootenay National Park, where even more incredible finds have been made. Beth will take us on a visual exploration of her adventures in Yoho and Kootenay, showing the finds at historic and recent fossil sites and giving us a glimpse of busy Burgess Shale life a half a billion years ago.
Bio: Beth Gilhespy has had a passion for the outdoors all her life. An avid hiker, amateur geologist and fossil enthusiast, Beth became a volunteer on the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) Environment Committee in 1993, eventually joining the Board of Directors in 2002. In July 2004 Beth moved into the senior staff position as Executive Director (now CEO) of the BTC. She supervises a staff of 16 and has overseen the permanent protection of over 6,000 acres of Niagara Escarpment land, worth $21 million. Beth holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Guelph.
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