What: Mother Matters
When: Saturday, July 28, 9 p.m.
Where: Lost Lake Park
Be like Goldilocks and get to know the Whistler mama bear on her home turf, only bring your own porridge.
“In 1994, I set out to record the complete life history of a female black bear,” said bear researcher Michael Allen. “The purpose was to open a window into the life of the most frequently misunderstood and abundant large carnivore that shares our ecosystem.”
Allen will host a talk called Mother Matters: The Secret Lives of Whistler’s Female Black Bears on Saturday, July 28 at 9 p.m. in the great outdoors of Lost Lake Park as part of the Whistler Museum Summer Speaker Series.
Allen’s observations and photos over his past 14 years of research will become larger than life at the under-the-stars event staging his stunning images on the big screen.
Participants will gain insight into what Allen calls one of the most adaptable and successful creatures in North America. Allen’s observations continue to give keen insight into understanding bear population dynamics. These four-legged mothers are providing information to help develop progressive bear management needs in an effort to reduce the number of bears destroyed each year.
Bring a blanket or chair for sitting, warm clothes, picnic and bug spray for the free event.
For more information, visit the Whistler Museum or whistlermuseum.org.
LUNAFliks continues to crank out indies under the stars
A local filmmaker gets mountain bike festival festivities rolling at LUNAFliks Thursday.
Jamey Kramer’s short film Crankworx 2004/05 will screen before the feature film of the night, Little Athens on July 26 at Lost Lake Park.
The sunshine returns for the outdoor screening under the stars event presented by LUNA (Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives) and Sharp’s Audio Visual.
Crankworx revelers will get ramped for the weekend of festivites with Kramer’s gravity-pushing, off-road-running time capsule of past Crankworx adventures.
Little Athens will follow, recounting a whirlwind day in the lives of small town youth caught in a dead-end, post-high-school void. The lives of these twenty-somethings unfolds in four storylines all converging at one explosive house party.
Little Athens may be an indie, but it boasts an all-star cast including John Patrick Amedori ( The Butterfly Effect ), Jorge Garcia (television’s Lost ), Shawn Hatosy ( Alpha Dog ), Michelle Horn ( Hostage ), Michael Pena ( Crash ), Erica Leerhsen ( Texas Chainsaw Massacre ) and others.