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Press Release - Public Invited to Attend Sensational Sunday Program at ND Heritage Center

Contact: Erik Holland

Public Invited to Attend Sensational Sunday Program at ND Heritage Center

BISMARCK—On Sunday, June 8, at 2 p.m., Dr. Jim Ringelman will present “Birds of Afar: Photographs of Birds from Tierra del Fuego and Africa” at the ND Heritage Center in Bismarck. This Sensational Sundays program, sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, is free to the public.

Recently, Dr. Ringelman traveled to Africa, and Tierra del Fuego to photograph wildlife in their habitats. Images of birds both common and exotic will make up the images of his presentation.

Ringelman holds a doctorate degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Maine, Orono and a master’s degree in wildlife biology from South Dakota State University. His 32-year career has focused on research and conservation programs to benefit migratory birds and their habitats. He was employed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife for 15 years, where he researched the ecology and management of waterfowl and other birds. During that time he was an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University, an active member of the Central Flyway Waterfowl Technical Committee and Council, implemented the Colorado State Duck Stamp program, and launched the Colorado Wetlands Initiative. In 1996, Jim joined Ducks Unlimited as director of Conservation Programs at their Great Plains Regional Office. With Ducks Unlimited, he was integral in the conservation of over a million acres of prairie grasslands and wetlands, guided a research and GIS program, helped develop public policy positions critical to prairie conservation, and led the revision of the 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP).

In 2013, Ringelman received the prestigious International Canvasback Award in recognition of his career accomplishments in waterfowl conservation and management. Recently retired, he is a consultant, writer, speaker, and photographer who resides near Bismarck.

Sensational Sundays, free programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, are a buffet for the mind. A variety of lectures, concerts, movies, and tours provide engaging, educational, historic, and cultural information. For more information contact Erik Holland, curator of Education at 701.328.2792 or Find a calendar of upcoming events at

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