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General Meeting- One of Us: A Biologist’s Walk Among Bears
January 16 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Meetings are held at Ongwanda Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave. Social starts at 7pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm. Past meeting minutes are here.
One of Us: A Biologist’s Walk Among Bears. Recent Research for Conservation of an Iconic Carnivore
Dr. Barrie Gilbert’s fascination with grizzly bears almost killed him—literally. A close encounter with a frightened bear during a research trip in Yellowstone National Park left him clinging to life. Not only did Gilbert recover, he returned to fieldwork, devoting the next several decades to understanding and protecting these often-maligned giants. Drawn from his decades of experience, Gilbert’s talk: One of Us: A Biologist’s Walk Among Bears explodes myths that depict grizzlies as bloodthirsty beasts and reveals the intelligent, adaptable side of these astonishingly social animals.He will be available for a book signing after the presentation.
Barrie Gilbert, as a youthful Canadian, spent spring, summer and fall on the shore of Lake Ontario. After a degree in biology at Queen’s University he caught the Ecology wave, then off to graduate school at Duke University. Observation of grizzly bears became a specialty when he joined the faculty of Utah State University. Starting in the pristine wilds of the Rocky Mountains, he then went on to salmon streams of Alaska, and the river estuaries of Coastal British Columbia. Gilbert’s work there centered on ways to keep both humans and bears safe, convinced that they are another culture to be understood and protected. After a long career of teaching, Gilbert leads ethical bear-viewing trips to coastal British Columbia, to help people appreciate wild grizzlies and the habitat they require.