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October 15, 2007

Town Hall Presents: Florian Schulz

Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam /
Tuesday, October 23

SeattleTown Hall, the Burke Museum, and Mountaineer Books present a multi-media talk with award-winning nature photographer Florian Schulz on North America’s most ambitious conservation effort, known as Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y). Using photography, selected music, and natural sounds, Schulz will take you on a journey through some of the most remote and wild ecosystems on earth. From the breath-taking scenery of the Yellowstone ecosystem all the way north to the Arctic tundra of the Yukon– come eye to eye with the king of the mountains, the Grizzly Bear. Listen to fascinating stories about Schulz’s expedition to the Nahanni River, the awe-captivating Northern Lights in the far north, and numerous encounters with the wildlife of this region. Inspired by the Y2Y conservation vision, German-born Schulz has dedicated 10 years of his life to documenting the drama and beauty of this major wildlife corridor.

“My hope is to inspire a desire to create the first National Corridor to conserve and protect wild places, as well as to fuel the new conservation movement of connectivity. And perhaps, sharing my photography will move people’s hearts to get involved in saving North America’s greatest treasure,”says Schulz about the message behind his upcoming talk.

Schulz’ photography is compiled in a book and exhibition at the Burke Museum (on view now through Dec. 31, 2007), both entitled Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam. Tickets are $5 at the door only. Town Hall and Burke Museum members receive priority seating.

Who: Florian Schulz

What: Wildlife Photography

Where:Town Hall, enter on 8th Avenue

When: Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm

How much:Tickets are $5 at the door only. Town Hall and Burke Museum members receive priority seating.

For more information on the Town Hall presentation, visit: www.townhallseattle.org.

For more information on the Burke Museum exhibit, visit: www.burkemuseum.org.

ABOUT FLORIAN SCHULZ

Schulz is a professional nature and wildlife photographer based in southern Germany whose striking images have garnered international recognition. Schulz has become a world renowned, award-winning photographer dedicated to the support of conservation efforts to protect endangered ecosystems. Sponsored by the Blue Earth Alliance, his book Yellowstone to Yukon was awarded by the Independent Book Publishers (IPPY Awards) one of the “Top Ten Outstanding Books of the Year” under the category: “Most Likely to Save the Planet.”

Schulz has been awarded twice by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA): in 2006 he received the Philip Hyde Environmental Grant honoring individual members actively working on a conservation project based on photography. Next year he will be announced as the first recipient of the NANPA Vision Award for 2008 established to recognize early career excellence, vision and inspiration to others in nature photography, conservation and education.

Schulz has been published internationally by recognized magazines like the BBCWildlife Magazine, Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, PhotoMedia, National Parks Magazine, The Nature Conservancy, The New York Times, and Nature & Kosmos, as well as by numerous international book publications including Transboundary Conservation and the Human Footprint. His photographs have won numerous awards by leading international photography competitions including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, Nature’s Best Photography Awards, The Banff Mountain Photo Competition and the GDT European Photographer of the Year. His images have been on display in some of the most recognized museums of the US.

Schulz is the youngest founding and fellow member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), which empowers conservation-minded photographers to use their talents to help create a better understanding of the natural world.

The exhibit Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam is on view at the Burke Museum through Dec. 31, 2007 and was organized by the Burke Museum in collaboration with The Mountaineers Books and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Over the next three years, the Burke Museum is collaborating with The Mountaineers Books and other environmental organizations to produce and present three exhibitions of nature photography, each linked to a critical environmental issue, including corridor protection, biodiversity, and climate change. The upcoming exhibits will premiere at the Burke Museum and tour museums throughout the United States and Canada.null

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