From Wolves and Whales to Abalone

Whale Coast Conservation

Date(s) - 16/02/2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Green House



You may well ask what the connections are, but they are really there.

The WCC monthly talks for 2016 will commence with a video and discussion evening. If you have not seen the excellent BBC TV series “Nature’s Microworlds” you are in for a rare treat. The series deals with the fascinating topic of how the plants and animals in ecosystems are inter-connected. Removing just one species from a system can have a cascade effect on the whole system. We have chosen to screen a 30 minute programme about the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

This will be followed by a short TED lecture by George Monbiot. “Wolves were once native to the USA’s Yellowstone National Park — until hunting wiped them out. But when, in 1995, the wolves began to come back (thanks to an aggressive management program), something interesting happened: the rest of the park began to find a new, more healthy balance. In a bold thought experiment, George Monbiot imagines a wilder world in which humans work to restore the complex, lost natural food chains that once surrounded us.”

WCC Board Member, Dr Pat Miller, will facilitate the discussion and we encourage audience participation. For example, what happens when apex predators like Great Whites are removed from an ecosystem? Where do whales fit into oceanic food webs? What is the effect of overfishing on wild abalone?

Please come along, enjoy the videos and join the discussion.