Don Messersmith To Speak at Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund Event

News Alert: Lions, Rogue Elephant & Oversexed Antechinus (A What!?), Oh My!

Join Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) on October 12, for DMV-renowned world-wide traveler Don Messersmith’s exciting animal encounters.

For more information contact [email protected] or call 301-652-9188 x 23

Chevy Chase, MD — Entomologist and professor emeritus Don Messersmith, known for his legendary bird and insect classes at the University of Maryland and ANS, has come face-to-face with many unusual mammals, like the antechinus, Australia’s small marsupial mouse, which dies after just a few weeks of mating nearly around the clock.

You’ll get a taste of Messersmith’s exciting encounters at this year’s annual Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund lecture.  He will share photos of his globe-trotting animal adventures, and he’ll talk about hair-raising mammal meetings that led to harrowing experiences, like when he and his team eluded a charging rogue elephant, chased away a herd of zebras, disturbed two lounging lions and a sleeping elephant seal.

What: Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund Annual Talk

Date: October 12, 2017

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Woodend Sanctuary
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

About the Crowder-Messersmith Fund

Crowder-Messersmith Fund honors Orville Crowder and Don and Sherry Messersmith, leaders in nature tourism, as a means to further global nature conservation.  The Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund, together with the Audubon Naturalist Society, helps fund small, local conservation and education projects in developing countries by providing seed money to communities and individuals whose projects have not attracted major support from other sources.

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About ANS:  ANS is the oldest, independent environmental organization in the DMV.  Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and most recently Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement.  ANS’s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.

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