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Fall 2008

MEETING NANUK
In person with Ian Stirling

MEETING NANUK - In person with Ian Sterling
Nanuk, the Inuit word for polar bear, symbolizes the Arctic more than any other animal. “Like the surrounding landscape, the polar bear is impressive in its sheer size and rugged beauty,” explains Ian Stirling.

Although it walks around on land, the polar bear is primarily a marine mammal, spending themajority of the year on sea ice where its very survival depends.With the effect of climate warming, however, retreating northern ice cover can prove to be disastrous for the polar bear. Since Canada is home to approximately 60% of the world’s polar bear population, it is of particular concern for Canadians.

Ian Stirling, who is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears, has authored a book, Polar Bears. In his book, he recounts adventures that he has experienced over the years including the time he performed artificial respiration on a polar bear for three hours after a bear he had tranquilized stopped breathing.

Please join The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in welcoming Ian Stirling as he describes the natural history of the polar bears, the annual cycle of bears in places like Western Hudson Bay where fasting plays a role, and how climate warming is affecting bears in Hudson Bay and could potentially develop elsewhere.

VICTORIA
Wednesday September 24, 2008
7:30 p.m.

McPherson Playhouse
#3 Centennial Square
(Corner of Government & Pandora Streets)
Reserved seating

Tickets Available starting August 15, 2008 at McPherson Playhouse or Royal Theatre box office
Mon-Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(250) 386-6121 or 1 (888) 717-6121
Or online at: www.rmts.bc.ca
Parkade located on Fisgard Street (between Douglas & Government Streets)

VANCOUVER
Thursday September 25, 2008
7:30 p.m.

Centennial Theatre
2300 Lonsdale Avenue
Reserved seating

Tickets Available starting August 15, 2008 at Centennial Theatre box office
Mon-Sat. from noon to 5 p.m.
(604) 984-4484
Free parking available behind the theatre

Admission:
$12.50 for RCGS members
$17.50 for non-members
Free for accompanied children under the age of 12 (who must have a ticket). Prices include GST & Building Improvement Fund. Prices do not include venue surcharge for phone/online orders.


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