Special Red Barn Event | David Moskowitz, Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope
Famed wildlife expert, author, photographer, and tracker David Moskowitz returns by popular acclaim, tonight sharing Caribou Rainforest: from heartbreak to hope, "a fine coffee-table tome about a rich and threatened ecosystem." -- Kirkus Reviews.
In a North American rainforest that few people even know exists, about a dozen dwindling herds of caribou are struggling to survive. There are fewer than twenty animals left in the last US herd.
The story of this iconic animal and stunning landscape provides an example of shifting conservation challenges and tactics in the twenty-first century. Mountain caribou have been identified as an “umbrella species” by conservationists, meaning that protecting their habitat also helps preserve many other species who depend on the same ecosystem. The discussion topics are and times wrenching, even contentious— but the opportunity to craft solutions still exists. In Caribou Rainforest, the author searches for lessons that can turn despair into hope: this story can become the inspiration and catalyst for committed change.
David Moskowitz works in the fields of photography, wildlife biology and education, and is the author of three books. He has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, a citizen science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other Northwest wildlands.
“Dave is an adventurer, with a heart connected to all things wild, so when he is presenting he takes you on a kind of thoughtful journey, leaving your spirit brightened by the beauty in his photographs, joyful from the comedy in his stories, and satiated with his insights in natural history. I’m always impressed with how he manages to address some of the more academic aspects of his observations, while also graciously connecting with his audience and participants – as a presenter, he’s like a friendly and wise ambassador for the wildlife, the places, and the conservationists he works with every day.” — Erik Kingfisher. Stewardship Director, Jefferson Land Trust