A walk on the wild side

Compiled by Joseph Blake, Times Colonist
Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tonight’s “A Great Bear Rainforest Odyssey” is a very special evening of lectures and multimedia presentations about the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest.

Featuring renowned wolf researcher Chris Darimont and respected explorer-guide Kevin Smith, the evening at University of Victoria’s David Lam Auditorium includes a video and photo depiction of the Great Bear Rainforest from mountaintops to the channels of the Inside Passage to the fjords where grizzly bears and wolves feed.

Stories and slides of the unique, island-hopping, salmon-eating rainforest wolves will include a natural history overview of the temperate rainforest and its creatures including spirit bears, whales, and salmon.

Dr. Darimont directs the Rainforest Wolf Project for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Mentored in the islands and estuaries of the Great Bear Rainforest a decade ago by a First Nations tracker known as Lone Wolf, the award-winning researcher has discovered that the rainforest wolves fish for salmon, hunt seals, and chase 450-kilogram grizzly bears away from their pups.

Kevin Smith is captain of the tall ship Maple Leaf and owner of Maple Leaf Adventures, an ecotourism company that explores the coast by boat. A wildlife photographer and geographer, Smith has been certified by the
Commercial Bear Viewing Association as a full bear guide.

Admission to tonight’s event is by donation.

Displays will be available for viewing at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the event go to Raincoast Conservation Foundation. RSVP
386-7245.

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