Raincoast Education Society Speaker Series: Part 5 of a 5-part series
Orcas at Risk? Culture & Conservation of West Coast Killer Whales
with cetacean expert Dr. John Ford
Thursday, March 14th, 7:00 pm
Ecolodge Classroom @ Tofino Botanical Gardens (1084 Pacific Rim Hwy)
$5 at the door
The plight of Southern Resident Killer Whales has received international attention in recent years. Too much noise, disturbance and contaminants, and –– perhaps most importantly –– insufficient food, have all played a role in putting this population at serious risk. But while Southern Residents are struggling, other killer whale populations along the west coast are thriving. In this lecture, cetacean research biologist Dr. John Ford describes the importance of cultural traditions in the lives of orcas and how these dictate where they go, who they associate with, what they eat, and, ultimately, how well they can cope with a changing marine environment.
Whether your interests lie in landing a tyee, or orca ID (or maybe just plankton taxonomy), as a westcoaster, chances are you are involved and engaged when it comes to marine matters, and here is a chance to get informed too! The Raincoast Education Society is proud to present the 2019 edition of our Raincoast Speaker Series – this year’s theme is “Predator and Prey”. From copepods to killer whales and everything in between, come out and join some of BC’s leading scientists to learn more about the key players in the marine food web, how they interact amongst each other, and what it all means for us. Whether you are keen on learning more about the biology and ecology of the species whose home we share, or looking to get some perspective on the politics of stock assessment (or maybe just brushing up on your plankton taxonomy), this series is guaranteed to please, and we can’t wait to sea you there! New this year is the Raincoast Speaker Series punchcard! Attend all five talks to be entered in a draw for an amazing prize!