Thursday, July 27, 2017

5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration opens at noon on July 13 for Premium-level members
and at noon on July 14 for Standard-level members.


Author Sy Montgomery

In the Amazon, people say pink river dolphins can shape-shift and jaguars visit shamans in visions. But tiny, beautiful, freshwater tropical fish there may have greater powers yet. With help from Scott Dowd, New England Aquarium aquarist and head of the internationally renowned organization Project Piaba, these living gems are saving the world’s greatest rainforest from destruction. Sy Montgomery, author of National Book Award finalist “Soul of an Octopus,” joined Scott on an expedition to research her newest book, “Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish Are Saving the World’s Largest Rainforest.” To celebrate the book’s launch, Sy and Scott will share stories, illustrated by stunning photographs by acclaimed photographer Keith Ellenbogen. Come learn about how buying a fish for your home aquarium can save the Amazon!    

This free event is exclusive to our members. Reservations are required and include general admission to the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Simons IMAX® Theatre. (Children age 2 and younger are admitted free to the lecture when sitting on an adult’s lap.) Attendees are invited to join us in the theater’s lobby at 5:15 p.m. for fun science activities for kids.

After the lecture, copies of Sy’s book, part of the popular Scientists in the Field children’s book series and a must-read for all ages, will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis, and members will receive a 10% discount.

Get these books or ones brought from home signed and personalized by Sy and Scott at a reception until 8:00 p.m.

Publishers Weekly recently published a review of Sy’s book. In part, it read;

This addition to the Scientists in the Field series follows Scott Dowd, senior aquarist at the New England Aquarium and self-proclaimed “fish nerd,” as he ventures into the Amazon as part of ongoing efforts to protect tiny tropical fish that fill aquariums around the world. Montgomery (The Tapir Scientist) joins Dowd and others who are part of Project Piaba (“small fry” in Portuguese) as they head up Brazil’s Río Negro. Color photographs (many underwater) and captivating, take-you-there storytelling immerse readers in the ecosystem: “We pass trees that seem to be barely holding their crowns above the water…. We’re hot, eager to enter the cool, dark river. Within a minute, tiny fish are nipping at our skin.” The journey includes a visit to an ornamental fish festival that explodes with its own color. Addendums to each chapter provide facts on other, sometimes deadly, Amazon species. The message underneath this true and fascinating fish tale: protecting fish, such as cardinal tetras, and the sustainable fisheries and fishers (piabeiros) that catch them, can help protect the Amazon rainforest itself. An expansive and engaging story of biological interconnectedness and beauty. Ages 10–12.