Sustainability Salon Series Kicks Off with 2017 Events

Thayne Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo, discusses wildlife conservation at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, in April 2016. Photo by Michele Miller Houck.

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Climate change is destroying our path to sustainability. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course.                                                                                                                             – United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon

Carolina Raptor Center's speaker series, “The Sustainability Salon,” is designed to engage the community by bringing local, regional and nationally-respected speakers to discuss topics relevant to protecting the environment and conserving its natural resources.

The “Sustainability Salon” will reach out beyond our campus in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve to bring environmental education engagement opportunities to the community. Charlotte has few regularly recurring speaker series that address the environment and wildlife conservation. Local and national speakers will provide remarks and engage in dialogue around environmental  with attendees and special community guests.

Sustainability Salon: Art as Environmental Activism
presented by Carolina Raptor Center and UNC Charlotte College of Arts+Architecture

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00pm | UNC-Charlotte Center City | $5 General Public/FREE for Members and Volunteers

Parking for this event in the UNCC lot Uptown is FREE with registration for the first 50 registrants. Parking Pass link will be emailed with Event Confirmation.

Moderated by Robert Bush, President & CEO of Arts & Science Council
Panel: Jeff Mittlestadt, Documentary Filmmaker; Traer Scott, Photographer; and Crista Cammaroto, Curator

Artists are agents of change. They inspire. They communicate. They activate. Join Carolina Raptor Center for the next Sustainability Salon, Art as Environmental Activism. Experience the Keeping Watch on Habitat 2017 exhibit and hear about how our panel of artists and curators use their art to amplify their voice for causes they are passionate about. Be a part of the conversation and leave with ideas about how you, too, can be an agent of positive change in the world through art and activism. Part of the Keeping Watch on Habitat exhibit at UNCC.


Backyard Habitat Expo: What’s living in your backyard?
Saturday, April 15 | 11:00 am-3:00 pm | Carolina Raptor Center | FREE with regular admission

Home is where the habitat is. Create a wildlife habitat right in your own backyard. From 11-3pm, browse vendors and non-profits that can help you enjoy the great outdoors while learning how to make your environs more friendly to creatures of all kinds. Build a bug hotel, become a pollinator in our pollinator game, feed wild birds, make a seed bomb, and learn how to attract migrating butterflies. Our speaker at 3 pm will tell you step by step how to create your own certified backyard habitat. You’ll even take home some of the tools. Part of the NC Science Festival.

Sustainability Salon: How to Build a Certified Backyard Habitat
Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 3:00-4:00pm | On the Raptor Trail | FREE with regular admission (Registration Suggested)

Speaker: Carol Buie-Jackson, Board Member, National Wildlife Federation, and Owner, Bird House on the Greenway


Confirmed Organizations: Bird House on the Greenway, The Butterfly Highway, Carolina Raptor Center, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Latta Plantation Nature Center, Master Naturalists, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Mecklenburg Audubon Society, The Native Plant Society, TreesCharlotte, The NC Wildlife Federation, and WingHaven.