Where in the World is Dr. Jane?
Joined by more than 25 current and former Gombe researchers, yesterday Jane celebrated Gombe Day at the International Primatological Society (IPS) congress in Kyoto, Japan. Held every two years, the Congress brings together more than 1,000 scientists, students and conservation practitioners from more than 55 countries to discuss primatological issues.
One extraordinary change at Gombe - I am sitting in the house on the beach where Grub grew up waiting to send a skyped message to the UK in commemoration of the 50th anniversary. When I arrived there was no faxing, no emailing - certainly no Skyping! Only telegrams if you wanted to communicate fast - and from here they took at least several days to a week. Letters took two to three weeks to get the UK, even by airmail.
Today, July 14, 2010, marks the 50th anniversary of the day that Jane first stepped onto the shores of Lake Tanganyika to begin her pioneering chimpanzee research in what is now Gombe National Park. To celebrate this tremendous milestone, Jane is spending the month of July in Africa including time in Gombe, the site of her groundbreaking field study. Jane will enjoy today reflecting and celebrating with local members of Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots.
One of Jane's favorite places to visit and "recharge her batteries" is the Platte River in Nebraska. Her dear friend photographer Tom Mangelsen has a family cabin there and Jane tries each year to sneak a few days into her busy schedule to witness the migration of the sandhill cranes and snow geese. Every March and April, an estimated hundreds of thousands of these magnificent birds travel through Nebraska on their great migration to Alaska and even Siberia.
The third stop on Jane's Spring 2010 USA lecture tour was to St. Louis Park, Minnesota, near Minneapolis. Jane was in town to give a keynote lecture at Beth El Synagogue, where her friend Gil Mann is president of the congregation. In front of the synagogue's beautiful stained glass windows, she spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 1,300 people.
Since Jane is on a perpetual global speaking tour and traveling more than 300 days per year, she gets to places few of us have seen. Jane loves taking photos and thought you would enjoy seeing some of her more unusual snapshots.
Jane's second stop in her Spring 2010 USA lecture tour was Washington, DC, where she received the Atlas Award from the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Jane was the first recipient of the award, which is "designed to recognize and celebrate outstanding accomplishments that advance world understanding in exceptional ways." On April 16 at the Marriot Wardman Hotel in downtown Washington, Jane gave the keynote address to nearly 3,000 geographers and other guests.
Jane's Spring 2010 USA lecture tour kicked off at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York on April 14. Passing by Niagra Falls, Jane drove from Toronto, where she had previous speaking engagements, for a very special lecture -- the first in the United States to mark Gombe 50, a global celebration of Jane's pioneering chimpanzee research and inspiring vision for our future. The lecture was titled Gombe and Beyond: The Next Fifty Years.