This active little bird, which favors mature oak juniper woodlands, was almost extirpated from Texas as development grew from Austin and San Antonio. The Conservancy partners with private landowners, cities and counties to preserve warbler habitat, which protects the region’s aquifers as well.
Golden-cheeked Warbler  This active little bird, which favors mature oak juniper woodlands, was almost extirpated from Texas as development grew from Austin and San Antonio. The Conservancy partners with private landowners, cities and counties to preserve warbler habitat, which protects the region’s aquifers as well. © Joel Sartore

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Houston Conservation Gala

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The Nature Conservancy in Texas invites you to attend the 2019 Houston Conservation Gala! Join us on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Zoo for a gala of global proportions. Spend an “evening on the ark” as National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore presents National Geographic’s Photo Ark—a groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear.

Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, National Geographic fellow and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Most importantly, he is an avid conservationist who began the ambitious Photo Ark project 11 years ago in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. Since then, he’s visited 40 countries in his quest to create a lasting photo archive of global biodiversity. To date, Sartore has captured portraits of more than 9,000 animal species in human care, inching him nearer to his original goal of documenting 12,000 unique species.

During the evening, Sartore will take us behind the scenes, describing how his vision for the Photo Ark not only began, but where it’s taking him next. He’ll share with us the stories of his travels and what goes into the creation of a photo archive of true biodiversity. And above all, he’ll impart on us the saliency of this work, helping us understand how intimate animal photography like this can play a critical role in inspiring people to take action around conservation.

Sartore’s commitment to saving species makes him a perfect keynote speaker for our Houston Gala. The Nature Conservancy is working throughout Texas to protect at-risk species—we’re restoring grasslands to preserve and improve monarch butterfly habitat, acquiring land to conserve one of the last remaining wintering grounds for endangered whooping cranes and protecting vital corridors for ocelots in South Texas. Like Sartore, the Conservancy is dedicated to connecting people and nature throughout the Lone Star State. 

To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, contact Megan Brann at megan.brann@tnc.org or 832-260-4915. To ensure sponsor recognition in the invitation, please respond with your sponsorship commitment by September 4, 2019.

Special thanks to Chevron, our 2019 Houston Conservation Gala lead sponsor.

Portraits of Joel Sartore
Photographer and National Geographic fellow Sartore has captured more than 7,000 images of wildlife. © Courtesy of Joel Sartore