Come join us on April 8th as we talk about grizzly bears in southwestern BC and what you can do to save them. Hear adventurous stories from our Field Director Johnny Mikes, ecologist and PBS & BBC TV host and narrator Chris Morgan and BC Ministry of Environment’s Tony Hamilton. Admission proceeds go towards the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative.
ABOUT CHRIS MORGAN
Join ecologist and PBS & BBC TV host and narrator Chris Morgan for an adventure through the wild. From capturing grizzly bears and tracking them on foot for 2,000 miles over 2 seasons in the Rockies to launching and directing the award-winning Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, Chris's work with carnivores has been diverse and innovative. His engaging and authentic on-camera presence has brought him hosting and narration work seen on PBS Nature, BBC, National Geographic Television, and the Discovery Channel, along with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
ABOUT TONY HAMILTON
Tony Hamilton is one of a few “go to” people in the Ministry of the Environment about both bear species. His role is perhaps best described as “senior scientist on bear conservation and management in BC”, with a special emphasis on conservation of grizzly bears in threatened grizzly bear populations, major project impacts on grizzly bears, and mitigation of human-bear conflict. Tony represents BC on the cross-border Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.
ABOUT JOHNNY MIKES
Coast to Cascades Field Coordinator Johnny Mikes has done extensive backcountry trips in many of the more remote corners of the Coast to Cascades region. For over 30 years, Johnny guided tours in a number of Canada's premier northern wilderness areas which provided the privilege of encountering several hundred grizzly bears. On-the-ground knowledge and a passion for wild places and wild animals led him to be involved in the creation of several new parks and participation in land use planning processes in Sea-to-Sky and northern BC. Whistler has been his home for the past 18 years.
The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) is a volunteer driven non-profit charity. Originally formed in 1989, we are active on environmental and sustainability issues in our valley, and work to protect the fast vanishing wilderness in our backyard. AWARE sees a sensible balanced approach to environmental sustainability as the only option for our future, from environmental, social and economic perspectives.
ABOUT COAST TO CASCADES GRIZZLY BEAR INITIATIVE
Launched in September 2013, the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative aims to restore the five threatened grizzly bear populations in southwest British Columbia and to connect grizzly bear habitat while encouraging environmentally responsible development. We can accomplish this by protecting grizzly bears from mounting threats and stemming their loss from our wild places, safeguarding year-round ample habitat, and ensuring connectivity between grizzly bear populations.