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Learn to coexist with grizzly bears in the backcountry

Workshop hosted by AWARE and Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative on Jan. 11
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Learn to coexist with grizzly bears in the Sea to Sky through a workshop on Jan. 11. Screenshot

Are you a backcountry enthusiast who cares about coexisting with the Sea to Sky’s grizzly bear population?

If so, you might want to tune in on Monday, Jan. 11, to an online workshop hosted by the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative and AWARE Whistler.

Coexistence: Recreation and Grizzly Bears in the Backcountry will feature insight from a panel of experts on the local grizzly bear population and the ways recreation activities impact them. 

Experts include Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation, sharing information about the importance of grizzly bears to the Nation; Steve Rochetta, an ecosystem biologist based in Squamish who has researched the local population for decades; Dr. Lana Cairniello, co-chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, bear specialist’s group’s human-bear conflict expert team; and Melanie Percy, the protected areas applied ecologist for BC Parks.

“Join us if you are an avid recreationalist, new to the backcountry, involved in trail or recreation groups, running a recreation-based business… basically, if you spend time outside in the [Sea to Sky], this one’s for you,” the Facebook page reads.

The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. Register and submit questions to the panel.