A LOOK AT OUR RELATIONSHIP TO WILD ANIMALS AND THE NATURAL WORLD
From 7 PM until 9 PM
UNITED WAY CONFERENCE ROOM, GATEWAY COMMUNITY CENTER
HIGHWAY 2 WEST, KALISPELL
Elke Duerr is a bi-national filmmaker, conservationist, interspecies communicator and founder and director of the nonprofit Web of Life Foundation W.O.L.F. Drawing on her experience with endangered Mexican Gray Wolves and wild American Bison, Elke will present a short video about successful coexistence between wolves and humans at our January meeting.
Elke writes that our human relationship with wild animals and wilderness has historically been one of fear and preference for domesticated animals and tamed nature. She believes that to preserve all life forms on this planet, this story has to be rewritten to one of coexistence with each other with mutual respect. All life forms have roles to play in the ecosystem. We cannot just take out the ones we do not like, favor one over the other if we want to stay in balance.
Elke will explore with us different ways of coexisting peacefully with wild animal species, and a new story of why we all belong in the web of life. She will tell stories about how to conduct ourselves in a healthy way when we live with large wild animals as our neighbors, understanding who wild animals really are, and how old stories and myths have shaped our current relationships based on fear of them and what each one of us can contribute to change those stories.
Elke is currently editing a video project about our last endangered wild bison entitled “Bison Nation” and getting ready to publish a children’s book with teachers’ guide and curriculum concerning our successful coexistence with wolves. She loves to present her work with endangered wolves and bison and their role in the ecosystem in public and private schools and is now scheduling presentations in the larger community. To learn more about Elke’s work, visit www.weboflifefoundation.net.
A video about the recent rescue of an ice-bound Common Loon on Rogers Lake made by nature photographer and Flathead Audubon member John Ashley will also be shown. John's documentary about the rescue will be available for sale at the meeting (see below).
Please join us at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 12 in the United Way Conference Room of the Gateway Community Center, Highway 2 West, Kalispell. Everyone is welcome.
Elke Duerr Wolves Photo