04 Apr Caring and Conservation: Doug Chadwick’s Talk on Gobi Bears
On Friday, March 31, Doug Chadwick gave an inspiring and educational presentation to an audience of over fifty people at Mangalam Center, followed by a book signing of Tracking Gobi Grizzlies.
Painting a picture that swept all the way from the rugged deserts of the Gobi to the rivers and streams of Montana, Chadwick explained why grizzly bear populations are vitally important to their surrounding ecosystems. He also detailed his work to track and preserve bear populations in the Gobi desert, which is one of the harshest climates on the planet. The audience learned why preserving an isolated habitat simply doesn’t work for many species that require large, connected spaces to maintain healthy breeding populations. The event was at once serious, heartwarming and humorous, as Chadwick shared stories highlighting the intelligence and personality of bears.
To wrap up the night, Pema Gellek presented Doug Chadwick with a katak and yak hat on behalf of Tsethar International. Tsethar refers to the traditional Tibetan practice of animal liberation. Tsethar International co-sponsored the event because it shares a common mission of compassion toward animals.
Proceeds from the evening went to Vital Ground, which is working to preserve and connect grizzly bear habitats in North America.
Tracking Gobi Grizzlies is a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in both the Ecology & Environment (Adult Nonfiction) and Pets & Animals (Adult Nonfiction) categories. The award winners will be announced on June 24 at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago.