Summer Sips: Capturing the Secret World of Wildlife

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Ben Teton

Location: Blaksley Library & Courtyard

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Summer Sips: Capturing the Secret World of Wildlife

In this lecture, wildlife biologist and conservation scientist Ben Teton explores how wildlife camera trapping is revolutionizing our ability to conserve wildlife, explore our environment and connect with the natural world. Images and videos from his cameras provide an intimate window into the world of our wild neighbors, offering insights and perspective into their everyday struggle to survive across California’s remaining open space. Ben’s presentation will describe the ways in which modern camera trapping techniques are improving our ability to understand and conserve wildlife here in California and around the world. He draws on the history of camera trapping as a creative pursuit and explains how the world’s most acclaimed wildlife photographers are using this technology to bring us closer to the worlds most fascinating creatures. Ben’s talk will also introduce how these cameras can be used as an easy and fun way to engage the outdoors, test your skills as a tracker or explore your own backyard.


Image of Ben Teton, Preserve Manager and Wildlife Biologist at CNLM Panoche Valley PreserveBen Teton is the Preserve Manager and Wildlife Biologist at CNLM Panoche Valley Preserve. Over the last 10 years, Ben’s work in wildlife conservation has ranged from studying marine turtles in Costa Rica to California condor in the foothills of Ventura County. While working for the Tejon Ranch Conservancy over the last five years, Ben developed and maintained one of the largest wildlife camera trapping arrays in the western United States, data from which are being used to help researchers and land managers better understand the interactions between invasive wild pigs and the native ecology they disrupt. Early this year Ben accepted a position with the Center for Natural Lands Management, where he manages a wilderness preserve in the Panoche Valley and uses camera traps to track populations of endangered San Joaquin kit fox.

Over 21
Botany/Natural History

Summer Sips Series

Register for all 3 and recieve a discount

Each event begins with wine tasting paired with delicious appetizers and conversation with the local sponsoring vintner in the Garden’s Courtyard. 

  • Presentations are held in the Blaksley Library
  • Attendance is limited, please reserve early
  • Introduce a friend to the Garden by inviting them to join you for a Summer Sips event.
  • Tickets are fully transferable

-or- register for each lecture individually, see dates & event details below:

July 13: Practices and Principles of Inquiry-Based Learning
Robin Gose, CEO and President of MOXI

August 10: What Wines and Lichens Have in Common
Rikke Naesborg, Tucker Lichenologist, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

September 7: Capturing the Secret World of Wildlife
Ben Teton, Preserve Manager and Wildlife Biologist, CNLM Panoche Valley Preserve