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Environmental Justice for Puffins

October 12 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


About the program:

Everyone who has ever seen a puffin falls in love with them. If nature lovers truly care about the mounting threats to them and whether they’ll be around for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, then they must also care about those families living with environmental justice, including southeast Chicago. The destiny of a beautiful bird is directly bonded to dumped-on families. They are bonded to the speed we curb the fossil emissions that scorch the planet and sear the lungs.

About the speaker:

Derrick Z. Jackson is a national award-winning news, sports, environmental and social justice journalist, author, and photographer. In more than 45 years with the Boston Globe, Newsday, and as an independent writer, Jackson has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Headliners Awards. He has earned numerous awards throughout his career from a diverse group of journalism associations.

Jackson is also an award-winning author, the 2021 winner in teen nonfiction in the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Awards, for co-authoring and photographing “The Puffin Plan: Restoring Seabirds to Egg Rock and Beyond” (Tumblehome Books). Jackson is also co-author and photographer of the book, “Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock,” (Yale University Press, 2015).

His puffin photography is a 4-time finalist in BirdWatching Magazine and Outdoor Photographer contests, including third place in 2023.

In order to make this event accessible to as many attendees as possible, attendees will have the option to either attend in person at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum or remotely via Zoom.

Please indicate your preference via the registration form.

In-person attendees will also have the option to purchase drinks beginning at 6pm, program begins at 6:30pm.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museumthe Chicago Ornithological Society, and the Chicago Audubon Society are proud to present the Compelling Voices in Birding and Conservation series.

Lake Cook Audubon have joined us as a visiting sponsor for this speaker.


More about this series:

Compelling Voices in Birding and Conservation

Join us for energizing and engaging presentations focused around birding and conservation. This special series features four unique speakers with very different backgrounds and experiences in the birding community.