NOTE, 8/14/2018: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this lecture has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
With an impressive background working for conservation organizations including the National Audubon Society and zoos, Brian Rutledge has vast experience in positions of leadership, fundraising, and community relations. He was also instrumental in achieving the largest, landscape-scale conservation plan in U.S. history, working with the Bureau of Land Management.
On Thursday, August 16, 5:15 p.m., Rutledge discusses how to bring communities of diverse stakeholders together around a common conservation vision. The free presentation is part of the Draper Natural History Museum’s “Draper After Dark” lecture series and takes place in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium.
Rutledge is currently the Vice President and Policy Advisor for the National Audubon Society’s Central Flyway, where he serves as Director of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative, and as a conservation member of the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Implementation Team. He was formerly Vice President for the National Audubon Society’s Rocky Mountain Region and Executive Director of Audubon Rockies.
An instructor and interpreter since childhood, Rutledge has lead eco-tours to destinations around the world. He served for five years as the President/Chief Executive Officer of Zoo New England and as Executive Director of the Maryland Zoological Society for thirteen years. He has designed and developed exhibits, interpretive graphics, and innovative, interactive devices for the general public. Rutledge earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology (ethnology) from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
The Draper After Dark lecture series is organized by the Draper Natural History Museum and supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation. On September 26, Brian Mealor, PhD, presents the final talk in this year’s series, Sea Change: How Invasive Annual Grasses are Changing Sagebrush Grasslands.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s pages on Facebook and Google+. #100YearsMore
Image: Brian Rutledge. Courtesy photo.