Polar Obsession

Sibley Distinguished Lecture Event

Published Nov 2nd 2017 in Geology & Activities

Join Sibley Nature Center, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Midland College Allison Fine Arts Building for the 2017 Sibley Distinguished Lecture featuring Paul Nicklen of National Geographic Live, presented by the FMH Foundation. 

Admission is FREE, no ticket is required.

As a photojournalist working in some of the world’s most remote environments, Paul Nicklen faces incredible hardships and danger in pursuit of powerful, close-up images of iconic wildlife. 

His early years on Canada’s Baffin Island, spent growing up alongside the Inuit, taught Nicklen an intense love of nature, an understanding of harsh, icy ecosystems, and survival skills essential to his work.

Nicklen’s book Polar Obsession, a retrospective of his photos from the Arctic and Antarctic, captured the imagination of the public and garnered four BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. His National Geographic story on Emperor Penguins showcased his wry sense of humor, and the work won 1st place for Nature Stories in the 2012 World Press photo contest. 

Recently, Nicklen also completed a years-long study of bears, an animal to whose survival he is fiercely dedicated. His photos of Canada’s elusive Spirit Bears, rare black bears with creamcolored fur and white claws, made the cover story of the August 2011 National Geographic. Nicklen’s latest National Geographic book Bear: Spirit of the Wild, features compelling photo essays on four signature species—polar bears, black bears, grizzlies, and Spirit Bears.

Sibley is also pleased to welcome Dallas Baxter, the voice of Nature Notes on West Texas Public Radio, as our event emcee.