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Works Progress Hosts a Biodiversity Expedition!

Special Event During the PhinneyWood Artwalk – The BIG One!

Friday, May 9, 6-9 pm | Saturday, May 10, 12-5 pm

Join us for a large-screen photography presentation of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute’s recent South America Biodiversity Expedition. Peter Morrison, a conservation biologist and avid explorer of biodiversity and wildlands, has been exploring South America for 30 years. For the last five, he has lead expeditions to biodiversity hotspots in an effort to map, describe and protect the world’s largest remaining wild and roadless areas. Stop by any time to view incredible photographs and short videos portraying the vastness and beauty of the wildlands and their immense biodiversity.  Peter will also present a few photos of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute’s (PBI) Harbor Porpoise Project in Puget Sound.

About the PhinneyWood Artwalk

Works Progress will be one of 78 businesses in Phinney-Greenwood welcoming in visitors with wine, snacks and art work from over 150 area artists. Originally a stand-alone annual event, the BIG One is now the centerpiece of the monthly Art Up Chow Down art walks. Over the years, this hugely popular event has turned into a neighborhood party with musical performances in participating businesses and churches, street performers, chalk art and activities for children. Maps and additional information will be available online and at participating sites the week of the Art Walk.

About the South American Wildlands and Conservation Project

South America contains immense wildland and biodiversity resources that are unparalleled in today’s world.  The tropical Andes hotspot, according to Conservation International, “It is home to an estimated 30,000-35,000 species of vascular plants, accounting for about 10 percent of all the world’s species and far surpassing the diversity of any other hot spot.”

1380605_10151922722665853_1287626957_nPBI’s initial mapping of the wildlands of South America has identified five roadless areas each over 110 million acres in size (each bigger than California) and 350 roadless areas each over one million acres. These spectacular gems are unmatched in today’s world. Our initial mapping identified the largest area – the western Amazon – which is still one block of intact, pristine tropical forest of over 800 million acres! This vast tract of tropical forest, mountains, rivers and wetlands spans parts of 5 countries. It is bigger than 8 states the size of California placed end to end. These immense wildlands are the heart and lungs of the Planet.

PBI is sharing information and inspiration with local, national and international conservation NGOs and scientists. With  biodiversity hotspots such as the tropical Andes containing more than 1,700 bird species and 980 species of amphibians – many of which are endemic – we are committed to conserving these vast wildland areas  and last big reservoirs of the Earth’s biodiversity .

About the Pacific Biodiversity Institute 

The Pacific Biodiversity Institute combines innovative scientific research, education, and technical support to inform, enhance and inspire conservation. Our goal is a rich and enduring biological heritage.

We envision a future rich in biological diversity in all forms and at all scales, allowing for the continued unfolding of natural ecological and evolutionary processes over time. We work at the forefront of biodiversity conservation, exploring new terrain through the use of professional and citizen scientists. In high conservation opportunity areas, PBI leads the way in developing new information and understanding to help realize this future.