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SG-W:/ Tuesday, Oct. 19: "This Place is a Zoo! What Today's Zoos Teach Us About Animals in the Wild"


The modern zoo is more than a place to take the kids on a lazy summer day.  It's a center for research into animal behavior and biology ranging from nutrition to reproduction to mental health needs.  As some of you may have heard, this research has led the Detroit Zoo to embark on an unprecedented course of action regarding its Indian elephants.
On Tuesday, October 19, you're invited to join Shawn Stinton, Associate Curator of Education at the Detroit Zoo, as he explores these issues in "This Place is a Zoo! What Today's Zoos Teach Us About Animals in the Wild."  This free event is sponsored by the local Sierra Club and is open to the public.  It begins at 7:30 pm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens (directions below).  It's followed by a social hour, during which you can meet others who share your interests in enjoying and protecting nature.  You can also learn about Sierra Club activities including hikes, service projects, and a variety of conservation campaigns.

EarthCash shopping vouchers will be available for purchase by cash or check during the social hour.  This program lets you help stop sprawl when you buy groceries, books, CDs, and other items at the stores where you already shop -- at no additional cost to you.  It enabled us to contribute $42,000 to pass Michigan's boldest anti-sprawl initiative; with your help, we can do even more.  We'll also have 2005 Sierra Club calendars available for sale.

I hope to see you at Tuesday's event.  Please feel free to forward this message to others who might be interested!

Mike Sklar
Co-Chair, Sierra Club/Huron Valley Group


Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group Monthly Meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month at the beautiful Matthei Botanical Gardens, located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road (between Geddes and Plymouth Roads, east of US-23), beginning at 7:30 pm.  Meetings are free and open to the public. Newcomers are welcome; no membership is required.

Events information: www.michigan.sierraclub.org/huron/ *or*  (734) 480-7751