October 29th - The Arctic Wildlife Refuge Conflict: Oil, Wilderness, & Subsistence
Join us for this presentation on wilderness, Tuesday at 6:00 pm on October 29th at Teton County Library. The event is free and open to the public; please arrive early as seating may be limited! Gary Kofinas is Professor Emeritus of Resource Policy and Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Principal Research Scientist at UAF’s Institute of Arctic Biology. For three decades Gary has worked in and around Arctic Refuge as an educator and interdisciplinary researcher of caribou co-management institutions, community sustainability, subsistence economies, and the resilience of social-ecological systems. He served as a lead author of the recently released IPCC “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate”. His talk on October 29 will explore some of the ecological, cultural, and political dimensions of the on-going Arctic Refuge oil vs wilderness conflict.
November 12 - The Floating Coast
“Along the Bering Strait, through the territories of the Inupiat and Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia, Bathsheba Demuth explores an ecosystem that has long sustained human beings. Yet when Americans and Europeans arrived, the area became the site of an experiment and the modern ideologies of production and consumption, capitalism and communism were subject to the pressures of arctic scarcity. Demuth draws a vivid portrait of the sweeping effects of turning ecological wealth into economic growth and state power over the past century and a half. More urgent in a warming climate and as we seek new economic ideas for a post-industrial age, Floating Coast delivers warnings and poses provocative questions about human desires and needs in relation to environmental sustainability.” 6-8 at Teton County Library. Bird and Nature Club event.
December 10 - Winter ID and Christmas Bird Count Prep
“Is that a Black-capped or a Mountain Chickadee?” Susan & Bernie team up to teach the basics of identifying our winter birds and outline preparations for this year’s Christmas Bird Count. This is a Bird and Nature Club event, 6-8 pm at Teton County Library.