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The King of Dinosaurs

Conservation Symposium

Life on the Edge: Where Humans Meet Nature

Save the Date!

Friday, September 9, 2016; 9am-4pm

In ecology, “edge effects” are changes to species populations and natural communities that occur where two habitats meet. Throughout our planet’s history, these edges have formed through natural means. But human activity has begun to outpace these processes, creating more edges and leaving fewer intact habitats. Cleveland Museum of Natural History's 2016 Conservation Symposium explores life “on the edge” — how human activity is pushing up against the natural world, and what’s being done to push back. Join us for informative talks by experts on invasive non-native species, habitat restoration and preservation, and endangered species.

Field Trips

Symposium registration includes one field trip of your choice on Thursday, September 8 or Saturday, September 10. You can add an additional field trip for a $6 fee. 2016 field trips TBA.

The Great Lake Erie Boat Float

Saturday, September 10, 2016; 10am

The Great Lake Erie Boat Float is held the Saturday following the Conservation Symposium each year. This unique event helps raise awareness about the impacts of plastics on the environment. For details on how to enter a boat in the race or other ways to participate, visit The Great Lake Erie Boat Float website. Sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks, Sustainable Cleveland and The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.