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Whale Fest to touch on marine, terrestrial connections

Posted: October 26, 2012 - 12:01am

This year’s Sitka Whale Fest kicks off Thursday, Nov. 1 and will highlight and explore the emerging issues linking terrestrial and marine environments from the Gulf of Alaska to the Arctic.

This year’s event is titled “Cold Rivers to the Sea: Terrestrial Connections to our Northern Oceans.”

The multi-day event, which happens in Sitka from Nov. 1-4 this year, invites participants to follow along with guest speakers as they explore a daily theme connected to the overall theme. This year’s keynote speaker is Seth Kantner, a commercial fisherman, writer and wildlife photographer.

Kantner was born and raised in northern Alaska and his art reflects his experience of living with and off of the animals inhabiting the subarctic north. Kantner is known as one of Alaska’s most authentic advocates for the importance of “wildness left wild.” His writings and photographs have appeared in Outside, Alaska Geographic, the New York Times, Prairie Schooner, and in other magazines, literary journals and anthologies. Seth has been a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and Orion magazine.

According to the event’s website, other questions and discussion will involve the following topics: How is the forest linked to our oceans? Is it easier to live on land or in the sea? What are the human connections to the sea? Are they changing? Other topics will also be featured.

The public is invited to register for the entire symposium, purchase a day pass, or buy a three-lecture punch card.

Sitka WhaleFest, according the statement posted on the website, is a celebration of our diverse and abundant marine mammals population.

For more information about this year’s event, call 907-747-8878 or email organizers at sitkawhalefestdir@gmail.com.

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