Distinguished U of M professors to speak at Dinner on the Bluff


Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is proud to announce its lineup for the 2019 Dinner on the Bluff speaker series. Now in its 15th year, Dinner on the Bluff is designed to bring thought-leaders and experts in the environmental fields the opportunity to discuss public issues. University of Minnesota professors, Dr. Mark Seeley, emeritus professor of climatology, and Dr. Marla Spivak, professor in entomology, will headline this coming year’s events.

Dr. Seely will speak on the future of farming in the age of climate change on Saturday, February 2. He will discuss recent climate trends and why it is important for people to understand climate change if they are to adapt agricultural practices effectively. Dr. Seely is a former Extension climatologist and professor emeritus in the department of soil, water, and climate at the university. He is a popular speaker and has served as a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition news program since 1992.

Dr. Spivak’s speech, entitled “Getting Bees Back on Their Own Six Feet,” will be presented on Saturday, April 6. Spivak will talk about the stressors that honeybees and diverse native bees are facing and describe ways people can help them survive and thrive once again. Dr. Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in entomology at the university. She founded the Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota and has bred a line of honeybees (the Minnesota Hygienic Line) to defend themselves against diseases. Current studies include the effects of agricultural landscapes and pesticides on bee health.

“Eagle Bluff is thrilled to give doctors Seely and Spivak, national experts in their respective fields, a forum to share their expertise and insights with our community,” Eagle Bluff director John Torgrimson said.

Tickets for each event are $30. Each speech will be accompanied by a themed three-course dinner with a portion of the ticket price supporting Eagle Bluff’s educational programming. Doors open at 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverage of choice.

For more information on these dinners or to register, visit www.eagle-bluff.org and click on “Events” or call 507-467-2437.

Do you have any unwanted gloves or mittens lying around? There will be a mitten drive at the February Dinner on the Bluff and a rain gear drive at the April dinner. All donations will go to Eagle Bluffs Gear Closet, which helps properly dress students for the weather during their outdoor experiences.

Eagle Bluff is a private, nonprofit residential environmental learning center founded in 1978 providing accredited environmental education programs and outdoor adventures in the scenic bluff country near Lanesboro.


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