The Gobi Bears of Mongolia – Evenings of Adventure, Science, Snacks, Conservation

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Heritage Hall, 20 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, Montana

7 p.m. — Doors open
7 p.m. — Book signing and reception
7:30 p.m.  — Program begins
For interviews and more information, contact:
Kim Davitt or Kevin Rhoades
The Vital Ground Foundation

In a lively and thought-provoking evening presentation, wildlife biologist and author Douglas Chadwick, who recently published Tracking Gobi Grizzlies:Surviving Beyond the Back of Beyond (with photographs by Joe Riis), will recap this rare bear’s fight for survival in one of the toughest, most remote settings on Earth. His presentation will illustrate why saving this endangered animal supports an entire ecosystem made up of hundreds of interconnected plants and animals—from desert roses to Asiatic lynx and wild double-humped camels—all adapting as best they can to the effects of climate change.  (Chadwick’s Gobi Bear work continues in the tradition of his best-selling adventure memoir, The Wolverine Way).

This parable of environmental stewardship in a harsh and legendary realm will be introduced by some captivating photo portraits by Joel Sartore of some of the world’s most endangered species. The images are drawn from the forthcoming large-format book, The Photo Ark (National Geographic), for which Chadwick wrote the text.

Chadwick will also talk about our homegrown bears, the grizzlies of the Northern Rockies, and the important conservation efforts of The Vital Ground Foundation. Chadwick serves on Vital Ground’s board of trustees and helps protect critical habitat for bears and associated wildlife species. Vital Ground works cooperatively with landowners, local communities, and state and federal agencies to address the issue of habitat fragmentation by permanently protecting crucial lands for the benefit of grizzlies and other wide-ranging wildlife.

Join us for an evening of slides, a wine and cheese reception, and tales of adventures, resilience and persistence by one of the world’s rarest animals.

Douglas H. Chadwick is a wildlife biologist who studied mountain goats and grizzlies in the Rockies, elephants in Africa, and whales in the world’s oceans. He is the author of 14 books, and has written more than 40 articles about natural history and conservation for National Geographic magazine. The Gobi Bear book is the result of five years of study and research and follows upon a title he wrote on the bear’s American cousin, True Grizz. He lives in Whitefish, Montana.

More information:

Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: Surviving Beyond the Back of Beyond

The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals, by Joel Sartore and Douglas H. Chadwick , with Foreword by Harrison Ford, forthcoming in March, 2017

If you’re not able to Thursday’s event, the Fact and Fiction bookstore will host Doug Chadwick on Friday, February 17 at 7 p.m. for an additional book signing and presentation.

About the event host: An accredited land trust and 501(c)(3) organization, The Vital Ground Foundation works cooperatively with landowners, communities, and state and federal agencies to help conserve some of Earth’s most magnificent and unique places for people, grizzly bears, and their larger natural communities. For more information, contact The Vital Ground Foundation, 20 Fort Missoula Rd., Missoula, MT 59804.