Jim Fowler, world renowned naturalist and Earlham alum, paid an extended visit to the museum this week.
On Monday and Tuesday Jim gave talks in several biology classes including Biological Diversity and Curation for Natural History Museums. Students were amazed at his vast knowledge of animals and stories of handling wild creatures.
Jim also gave a public talk entitled “Jim Fowler’s Life in the Wild” on Tuesday during lunch. The lecture hall was packed with eager students, curious professors, and fans of Jim’s decades long television show. Jim told anecdotes from his experiences handling wild animals on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom including stories of his friendships with Marlin Perkins and Johnny Carson. The talk included some footage from Jim’s appearances on Carson’s late night show and the pilot episode of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Jim wanted to center his speech around the dire need for wildlife conservation, which he sees as greatly connected to the public’s access to and appreciation for parks and outdoor spaces. He especially stressed the need for families and children to connect with the wild.
Later in the week Jim met with the museum staff during which he told more stories about capturing birds of prey live in the wild. He also gave a talk at the Friends Fellowship Community. There was also a reception in the museum lobby with Jim in which students were able to meet and personally ask Jim questions.
The museum is very grateful for Jim’s visit and enthusiasm towards sharing his love of the wild with students at Earlham.
Here are some photos from the week: