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Land Trust Launches Summer Breakfast Programs

The first Estes Valley Land Trust summer Breakfast/Program is scheduled for 8:00 a.m., Saturday, June 14, at Eagle Rock School. Marc Bekoff, world-renowned biologist and Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, will present the program entitled “Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature.”

Professor Bekoff states that the basic premise of his presentation is: “Many non-human beings have rich and deep emotional lives. There are hard scientific ‘facts’ that I call ‘science sense’ – and good anecdotes and common sense – that  lead to the reasonable conclusion that individuals of many species experience emotions including joy, grief, anger, resentment, jealousy, and love.” His presentation will be augmented with video.

The meeting will be held in the gymnasium at Eagle Rock. Breakfast, $10 per person, will be served by Susan and the Molly B staff; reservations are required. Robert Burkhardt, Head of School, will offer informal tours of the campus following the program for those who are interested.

Please make your reservations no later than 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10th.  You may: 1. Telephone the EVLT office 577-6837 and leave a message anytime [note the number; it is not in either local directory]; or 2. Send an e-mail to You are asked to provide the first and last name for each reservation so name badges can be prepared.

The Eagle Rock School is located on the east side near the north end of Dry Gulch Road; a sign next to the roadway marks the entrance drive, Notaiah Road. Follow the long driveway until you reach the main campus where you will be directed to a parking space. When convenient, car sharing is always helpful

Professor Bekoff is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a former Guggenheim Fellow. His main areas of research include animal behavior, the study of animal minds and behavioral ecology. He has published more than 200 articles and 18 books. Both Marc and his work has been featured in many television programs and numerous publications.

Along with Jane Goodall, he co-founded the organization “Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies” in 2000.

Several of Marc’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event; only cash or checks can be accepted. Among the titles available will be: “Listening to Cougar,” “Animals Matter,” “The Emotional Lives of Animals” and a 2006 volume with the same title as his presentation.

The America Honda Education Corporation opened Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in 1993. The School is for high school age youth while the Center is for adults. Three years ago, the School joined the Coalition of Essential Schools network.

Honda purchased Section 16, one square mile – 640 acres of  “State School Land” from the State of Colorado. A Conservation Easement on 463 acres, held by the Estes Valley Land Trust, surrounds the central campus.
This is an unique opportunity to hear an outstanding researcher, writer and animal rights advocate. The public is welcome to attend.

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