Thursday, April 03, 2008

Ian McAllister's "The Last Wild Wolves"

I was pleased to hear that one of Canada's leading environmental advocates will be speaking on my island next week.

Vancouver born Ian McAllister spent years exploring the rugged West Coast of his province. It instilled in him a passion for conservation and today he is one of Canada's leading advocates for rain forest protection.

With a keen interest in wildlife behavior and ecology, particularly coastal wolves and grizzly bears, the accomplished open ocean sailor has spent much of his last 20 years observing the large carnivorous land animals that inhabit the rugged north coast of British Columbia.

McAllister’s first book, The Great Bear Rainforest (1997), was co-authored with his wife Karen McAllister and Cameron Young. It won the 1998 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award for BC Book of the Year.

His current book, The Last Wild Wolves: Ghosts of the Rain Forest, describes his experiences following two packs of wolves -- one in the extreme outer coastal islands and another farther inland in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

This haunting book of photography of the wild wolves has been nominated for both the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the BC Booksellers' Choice Award. The winners for both prizes will be announced at the BC Book Prize Gala Dinner on April 26, 2008 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

Ian McAllister lives on Denny Island in the heart of BC's Great Bear Rainforest with his wife and their two children, Callum and Lucy.

Slide show and lecture with Ian McCallum
Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 PM
Whidbey Institute's Thomas Berry Hall
Clinton, Whidbey Island, Washington
$5 suggested donation

Ian McAllister photo from The Last Wild Wolves

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