Annual Dinner & Silent Auction 2002
The Nature Trust was honoured to have the keynote address at our 5th Annual Silent Auction and Dinner delivered by Canadian anthropologist and botanical explorer Wade Davis, the Explorer-in-Residence for the National Geographic Society.
Wade Davis received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany from Harvard University and subsequently through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent more than three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among 15 indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6,000 botanical collections.
Davis's work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best-seller, which appeared in 10 languages and was later released by Universal Studios as a motion picture. He is author of five other books, including Shadows in the Sun (1998) and One River (1996).
Recently a subject of a CBC Life & Times program, Davis is a research associate of the Institute of Economic Botany of the New York Botanical Garden, and a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecotrust, Future Generations, and Cultural Survival — all NGOs dedicated to conservation-based development and the protection of cultural and biological diversity.
Our Silent Auction and Dinner featuring Mr. Davis took place on Saturday, October 19th, 2002 at the Sheraton in Halifax. In addition to our keynote address, attendants participated in our ever-popular silent auction, which featured unique adventure get-aways and eco-minded items. And as always, the focus of the evening was discovering how the Nature Trust is protecting irreplaceable natural areas here in Nova Scotia.