March 14, 2019

Orca: The Science & Politics of a Top Predator, part of the Raincoast Speaker Series

Raincoast Education Society Speaker Series: Part 5 of a 5-part series


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

Dr. John Ford is a globally recognized expert in the identification, social organization, and life history of killer whales. His pioneering work in the 1970’s revealed the incredibly complex social structure within different populations of killer whales, and his research paved the way for an appreciation of orcas as highly intelligent marine mammals. His work studying the foraging specializations of different orca populations has (once again!) come to the forefront as scientists, citizens and politicians aim to develop informed and meaningful management and protection strategies for southern resident killer whales in BC.


Raincoast Speaker Series

2019 RAINCOAST SPEAKER SERIES:  “Predator Prey” a 5 part series

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!