Conservation Journey opens series Monday

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — "Out of Africa and Into the Adirondacks: A Conservation Journey" lecture opens the Monday Evening Lecture Series in the Adirondack Museum.

The 7:30 p.m. Monday series in July and August is $5 or free for members. The schedule and descriptions of the talks are at www.adirondackmuseum.org.

The first evening, July 9, will be spent with Wildlife Conservation Society senior conservationist Bill Weber.

Dr. Weber has worked for 30 years in the field of International conservation, combining action to save wild lands and wildlife with concern for local human needs. He has lived in Africa for 10 years, including seven years in Rwanda where he initiated the highly successful mountain gorilla tourism and community outreach program. The program will incorporate Weber’s conservation experiences in Africa with that of his work in the Adirondacks.

Lectures continue on July 16 with Charles Yaple and "Foxey Brown: The Story of an Adirondack Outlaw, Hermit, and Guide" lecture;

July 23 with photographer Eric Dresser and "Capturing Adirondack Wildlife in Pictures;"

July 30 with Environmental Historian Phil Terrie and "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for our Time" a film, commentary and discussion.

August begins with author Harvey Kaiser and "Great Camps of the Adirondacks: Second Edition" on Aug. 6;

Aug. 13 with senior art historian Caroline M. Welsh and "A.F. Tait: Artist of the Adirondacks;"

and will end on Aug. 20 with rustic furniture artisan and painter, Barney Bellinger’s "Art, Furniture and Sculpture: Influenced by Nature" lecture.

The Adirondack Museum is open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., through Oct. 14. The museum will close at 3 p.m. on Aug. 10 and Sept. 7 for special event preparations.

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, offers 65,000 square feet of exhibitions housed in 22 modern and historic buildings. Visitors can explore how people have lived, worked, traveled, and played in the Adirondacks from the 19th century up to today.

The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

For additional information, visit www.adirondackmuseum.org or call (518) 352-7311.