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Adventure at Omaha’s Holland Center

National Geographic Live at Omaha’s Holland Center: Yesterday we had an amazing experience at the Holland Center for Omaha Performing Arts’ first National Geographic Live show.

Photojournalist, Paul Nicklen shared about discovering his calling at age 19, where he prophesied the outline for his future in wildlife photography. He spoke with passion and humor about his many adventures in the polar regions of our planet were he braved broken bones, hypothermia, coming within inches of deadly predators, and rebuilding an airplane engine over quickly melting ice.

Nicklen has made unimaginable sacrifices to capture the mission in his heart. He says on his website, “I translate what the scientists are telling me. If we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire eco-system. I hope we can realize through my photography how inter-connected these species are to ice. It just takes one image to get someone’s attention.” 

Attention is a modest term for this photojournalist’s achievements. Nicklen has received more than 30 prestigious international awards and was recently named one of the World’s top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by BBC Magazine.

Paul’s Book, Polar Obsession – In a wise and wonderful intertwining of art and science, his bold expeditions plunge him into freezing seas to capture unprecedented, up-close documentation of the lives of leopard seals, whales, walruses, polar bears, bearded seals, and narwhals. Bathed in polar light, his inspiring and amazing images break new ground in photography and provide a vivid, timely portrait of two extraordinary, endangered ecosystems.

Nicklen gave the audience a peek into his most recent project following the rare and mysterious Spirit Bear. With the help of natives near the Great Bear Rainforest in British Colombia, he was able to intimately photograph the illusive Spirit Bear. Sharing about the threat of oil tankers to the eco-system supporting this unique bear, Nicklen brought awareness to issues that most of us are oblivious to. He says that if we can integrate environmentally-conscious habits into our daily routine, we would be making proactive efforts in preserving the existence of our planet’s most precious species and their habitats.

Paul’s Book, Bear: Spirit of the Wild –  Nicklen showcases his stunning photography for National Geographic with this collection of North American bears: the grizzly, polar bear, black bear and the rarest spirit bear. Evocative storytelling combines with Nicklen’s landmark photographs to reveal the truths and myths about these amazing creatures, and sheds light on their threatened ecosystems. 

Next in the speaker series: visit for ticket info.

The Dinosaur Hunter
with Paul Sereno, paleontologist
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Kiewit HallHaving discovered more than two dozen new species of dinosaurs on five continents, paleontologist Paul Sereno has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones. Thanks to his breakthrough discoveries, we now have the most complete picture yet of the dawn of the dinosaur era, some 225 million years ago. Join Sereno as he shares thrilling tales from his life as a dinosaur hunter.
Exploring the Red Planet
with Kobie Boykins, NASA engineer
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Kiewit HallMeet NASA engineer Kobie Boykins, who helped design the famous Mars Rovers. You’ll hear his story of the rovers’ success, see the latest images from Mars and preview plans for future exploration. Launched in 2004, NASA’s Mars Expedition Rovers—“Spirit” and “Opportunity”—completed their 90-day missions and, to everyone’s amazement, just kept going. Their unrelenting nature can be attributed to their solar-power technology. Kobie Boykins designed and helped build the celebrated solar arrays that power the rovers. Boykins’ enthusiasm for space exploration, Mars in particular, is infectious. Join him for an engaging evening Exploring the Red Planet.



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