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Nov. 6, 2008
Contact: Jen Humphrey, Natural History Museum, (785) 864-2344.

Award-winning photographer and writer to lecture at KU

LAWRENCE — Ian McAllister will bring the world of Canadian wild wolves and grizzly bears to the University of Kansas through a multimedia presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Commons in Spooner Hall.

McAllister, one of Canada's leading environmental advocates, will present images from his experiences following the lives of wolves, grizzly bears and other wildlife of British Columbia. A storyteller and keen observer, McAllister has spent two decades exploring and photographing the wolves and bears that live in remote areas of coastal Canada.

He is the author of “The Last Wild Wolves” (2007), an intimate portrait of two packs of wolves, one in the extreme outer coastal islands and another farther inland in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

In 1998, “The Great Bear Rainforest,” coauthored by McAllister, his wife, Karen McAllister, and Cameron Young, won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award for British Columbia Book of the Year. The book helped lead to an international conservation campaign to protect the endangered rainforest of British Columbia.

“A Journey into Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest” is a free event. A reception and book signing will follow. Oread Books in the Kansas Union will provide copies of McAllisters’ books for purchase. The event is cosponsored by the Commons and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, with support from Phi Beta Delta.

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