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Lecture on 'Natural Connections in Alaska'

Posted: September 20, 2013 - 12:01am

The Alaska Wildlife Alliance Southeast Chapter’s “Wildlife Wednesday” talk series will resume next Wednesday with “Natural Connections in Alaska,” a talk by Bob Armstrong and Mary Willson. The two recently co-authored a book of the same name. Armstrong is an experienced nature writer and biologist, and has taught at UAS. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

Armstrong said he and Willson wanted “to emphasize the importance of understanding how various creatures and their habitats are connected.”

The book is 80 pages and full color, with discussions and illustrations on 20 examples of ecological connections in Alaska, including aquatic insects, salmon, sea ice, lichens and wolves, Armstrong said.

“Come and learn about the connections between ice algae and polar bears, between wolves and salmon, how blow flies benefit juvenile birds, how moose help certain butterflies and much more,” he said.

AWA Southeast Chapter member Patricia Wherry said the talk is “a chance to meet and find out what’s going on in the animal world.”

The talk will be from 7-8 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Future talks this year, which will be held at a different venue, are to include a pre-Halloween talk on bats, a talk about nature and art, and nature photographs.

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