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At our Gala Dinner next month, HAT is pleased to have Dr. Chris Darimont speaking. Chris is a Conservation Biologist and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California (Santa Cruz). Much of Chris’ research has focused on ecological and niche variation, particularly among predators – such as the unique behavioural adaptations of the wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest. While the ecosystems of the Central Coast and those of southern Vancouver Island are quite different, the unique relationship between wolves, bears, salmon and people have played an important role in both.
Chris' research has helped us understand how wolves and salmon interact with other wildlife, and even plants, to help shape BC’s coastal forests into some of the richest, most productive forests on the planet. Dr Darimont’s work, combined with his passion and spectacular photography, has led him to be featured in the National Geographic documentary Last Stand of the Great Bear, and to co-author of the award-winning book The Last Wild Wolves; Ghosts of the Great Bear Rainforest. His research has been recognized as well – in 2009 Discover magazine cited a paper Chris was the lead author of as number 30 on their list of the top 100 science stories. Our understanding of the role of apex predators, particularly wolves and bears, in coastal forests as expanded greatly in the past decade as Chris and other conservation biologists use technology, and a great deal of patience, to reveal the hidden lives of these charismatic creatures.
Twyla Roscovich posted this short documentary entitled Last of Wild Wolves, featuring Chris and his colleagues at the Raincoast Conservation Society.
Join us for this Green Tie event at the Fireside Grill on Thursday, March 10, 2011. Doors are at 6:00 pm, Introductions at 6:30 pm and Dinner is at 7:00 pm. The Fireside Grill is located at 4509 West Saanich Road.
HAT is pleased to announce its Gala Dinner on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Fireside Grill. This Green Tie Dinner is HAT’s premier fundraising event of the year, and we are pleased to be joined by distinguished guests, our host /A\ TV's Erick Thompson, keynote speaker Dr. Chris Darimont and noted jazz guitarist Rob Cheramy.
Other highlights include a silent auction featuring unique items donated by local businesses and the presentation of HAT’s Conservation Legacy Award.
Our keynote speaker, Chris Darimont, from GreyStone Books:
Chris Darimont spent his formative years exploring the forests and tide pools of Canada’s west coast islands. Never far behind him was Kala, his family’s loyal canine companion. This legacy prepared Chris well to initiate and lead the research team that uncovered the fascinating natural history and science featured in The Last Wild Wolves (Ian McAllister, Paul C. Paquet, Chris Darimont). Chris worked closely with Ian to seamlessly integrate his team’s findings into the book’s first-person narrative.
The wolf project research earned Chris a PhD. from the University of Victoria, and an opportunity to cultivate a decade-long relationship with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, which supported the research since its inception in 1998.
Chris is considered an emerging expert not only in Conservation Biology but also in informed advocacy, in which the Raincoast team advocates for wolves and their precious rainforest in multiple public media. Several television documentaries have focused on Chris’ work with Raincoast including Discovery Canada’s Rainwolves, Canadian Geographic’s Secrets of the Coast Wolf, and National Geographic’s Last Stand of the Great Bear. In addition to peer-reviewed publications, Chris has written popular pieces for Wild Earth, International Wolf, Howlings, Counterpunch, Arts and Opinion and many more.
Chris has been recognized for his scholarly, conservation, and volunteering contributions with numerous awards, including a Compassion in Science Award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a Legacy Award from the University of Victoria, and a National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) graduate fellowship.
Chris continues to lead the Raincoast wolf project with Dr. Paul Paquet, and is currently an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California (Santa Cruz). He splits his time between sunny California and the moist islands of the Great Bear Rainforest. Learn more about the Raincoast wolf project at Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
For a Sneak preview of some of the items up for auction please check out our Facebook Prize Abum in addition to the list below:
2 Nights Accommodation - Deluxe King Room ($1,300 Value) - Four Seasons Hotel Whistler
One Year Subscription - Alternatives Journal
Wine Basket - BC Wine Guys
One Month Pass - Barefoot at ♥ Yoga
Beautiful Blue, Asian Tea Basket - Karen Wood
Piece of Pottery - 'Chosin Pottery
Sandpiper by Sue Colman, giclee print - Karen Wood
2 FREE 1-on-1 Personal Training Sessions - Coastal Fitness Solutions
Organic Wool All Season Duvet - The Good Planet Company
inside, signed print by artist, Lyle Schultz - Paul McNair
One Night Accommodation - Kiwi Cove Lodge
Beer Lover's Gift Basket - Lighthouse Brewing Co
Longevity & Auspiciousness, Crane Gift Basket - Karen Wood
$50 Gift Certificate - The Market on Yates
One Month Unlimited Classes - Moksha Yoga
Hiking Backpack & Accessories - Mountain Equipment Co-op
Kayak Rental - Ocean River Sports
Surfing Lessons for 2 - Pacific Surf School
Gift Certificate - WetCleaner
Weekend Accommodation at Pender Cottage
Beer Lover's Gift Basket - Phillips Brewing Company
Selection of Seeds - Saltspring Seeds
Hand Crafted Celtic Rope Mat - Marvin Eng
Bank of Montreal Swag - Bank of Montreal
Spa Gift Certificate - Sapphire Day Spa
Gift Certificate - Share Organics
Gift Certificate - The Soap Exchange
$250 Gift Card - Wine Kitz
The Save Mary Lake campaign is hosting a live webathon this Thursday, January 27 from 4pm to 8pm. Join HAT and the campaign in person at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora St.), at the Save Mary Lake website, or by following #marylake on Twitter!
Over the fall, HAT surveyed for new populations of the Blue-grey Taildropper, a small, endangered slug whose range in Canada is limited to a few sites on southern Vancouver Island. Read the full report to find out what we learned.