Icefield Bunnies, Gullible Bees and Why the Tallest Mountain is Not the Highest Ben Gadd on the Quirky Natural History of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Ben Gadd Rockhounds, flower-fanciers, wildlife-watchers and birders: you will love Ben’s light-hearted and stimulating one-hour talk about this remarkable mountain range. From little-known facts about grizzly bears and half-grabens to the amazing relationship between the calypso orchid and a species of bumblebee, prepare for an eye-opening presentation. Bring your questions, too. Sponsored by: Patagonia Calgary and the Outdoor Centre.
Bio: Ben Gadd is one of Canada’s better-known naturalists and Rockies writers. Author of the ground-breaking Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, Ben has written nine other books and contributed to several more. His novel Raven’s End has become a prize-winning Canadian best-seller. Ben has received four Banff Mountain Festival awards for his work, including the Summit of Excellence.
With a university degree in earth science, Ben has pursued a career mainly in natural history, including a stint as a Parks Canada naturalist. He has also taught writing at SAIT and Grant MacEwan College. For nearly 30 years he has worked in the summer as a freelance interpretive guide—one of only eight master guides in Canada’s professional Interpretive Guides Association—and in the winter as a writer and sought-after lecturer on Rockies topics. He also produces interpretive signs for national and provincial parks. Lately he has been preparing museum exhibits.
Heard from time to time on CBC radio, Ben has also appeared in many television items and several documentaries on the Rockies. He supports various conservation groups in promoting wilderness protection. After 29 years in Jasper, in 2009 Ben and his wife Cia moved to Canmore to be Grandpa and Grandma across the yard from Marie and Rose. (Photo: Chic Scott. Photoshop: Ben Gadd)
When: March 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm Where: University of Calgary – Room ICT 102 (IT Building)