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Michipicoten Island Perspectives
February 22, 2021 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join us on Zoom for an entertaining and informative night of exploring Michipicoten Island from a unique perspective. You will hear about the recent history of caribou; use by local indigenous communities and a bit about our new Nature Reserves on the island.
Gord Eason a retired MNR biologist and resident of Wawa will discuss why caribou were originally restored to the island, the growth of the population, the decline of caribou following wolf occupancy, and the subsequent transfers of caribou from the island.
Leo Lepiano who works at the intersection of philosophy, art, ecology and politics, will give a talk on the conservation lessons that have arisen from the case of the Lake Superior caribou, and draw potential consequences for both naturalism and the conservation movement. The sub-title for Leo’s talk is At the Crossroads: The Lake Superior Caribou and the Challenge for Conservation in the Anthropocene.
Sue Bryan will talk about the two Nature Reserves purchased by the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists and the site visits that have taken place. Each of the speakers will also share their vision of the future of Michipicoten Island, the plant and wildlife communities occupying it, and their vision of a desirable outcome regarding the future of caribou on Michipicoten Island and along the north shore of Lake Superior. We will try to close the evening with a general question and answer session.