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SCOTTSDALE/SALT RIVER-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY, AZ (January 18, 2024) - Butterfly Wonderland is thrilled to introduce the "Flight for the Future: Conservation Speaker Series.”This series showcases passionate individuals engaged in innovative conservation efforts and are eager to share their insights and projects with the community. Flight for the Future kicks off on January 25 at 6 p.m. with Dr. Chris Doughty, a renowned associate professor at Northern Arizona University.  Dr. Doughty is set to unveil the secrets of climate change research using NASA space laser technology in a captivating lecture and Q & A session.

"We are thrilled to introduce the 'Flight for the Future: Conservation Speaker Series' at Butterfly Wonderland. This series offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from distinguished experts in the field of conservation," said Dee Mangulins, Director of Butterfly Wonderland. "Through these enlightening lectures, we hope to inspire a shared appreciation for environmental stewardship and deepen our understanding of the delicate balance within ecosystems. Join us as we explore the wonders of conservation and gain insights from industry experts, contributing to a sustainable future for our planet."

Dr. Doughty will expound on the cutting-edge NASA technology that meticulously maps the intricate stratification of the rainforest. Beyond the scientific level, his work delves into the implications for tropical forests and their diverse inhabitants, including the thousands of butterflies that live among these ecosystems. With a background with prestigious institutions such as Stanford and Oxford Universities, Dr. Doughty understands the vital role of a tropical forest structure in influencing the abundance of plant and animal life. He utilizes a mix of methods, including fieldwork, remote sensing, and advanced modeling techniques, to explore these complex ecological dynamics.  Join Butterfly Wonderland for an evening of exploration as Dr. Doughty helps guests understand the intricacies of attempting to save rainforests. Each new discovery unveils how every ecosystem in these rich landscapes is truly connected.

About the Series: The Flight for the Future: Conservation Speaker Series invites the community to delve into the fascinating world of conservation through engaging lectures and Q & A sessions with prominent figures in the field. Each event promises to be an enlightening experience, allowing attendees to connect with influential speakers and gain valuable insights into the world of conservation.

Event Details: Flight for the Future: Conservation Speaker Series takes place in the Butterfly Wonderland theater on the fourth Thursday of every month with compelling speakers/experts. Each event in the series includes admission to the featured speaker’s lecture and a Q & A session. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the presentation starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets: Tickets are available online at or at the door the evening of the event; $15 Adults, $10 for Students with ID (must present valid student ID at the door). Check the Butterfly Wonderland website for information on future speakers. 

Butterfly Wonderland invites all nature enthusiasts, students, and the public to join the inaugural event and embark on a journey toward a sustainable and biodiverse future.###

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Media Opportunities:  Media interested in covering the new Flight for the Future: Conservation Speaker Series at Butterfly Wonderland can contact Karin Gallo, Director of PR for Butterfly Wonderland.

Karin Gallo
Director of Public Relations and Social Media

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