Western Wildlife Outreach invites you to come learn about grizzly bears and enjoy a free entertaining and educational lecture by Dr. Bill Gaines on the quest to find the very-imperiled North Cascades grizzly bear . The event will be held at Edmonds Community College Black Box Theater on Friday, April 17. Preceding the lecture visitors can peruse a variety of displays by Edmonds Community College students and regional conservation groups working on grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades, as well as other environmental projects beginning at 5 pm. Reservations and free tickets for the lecture must be obtained through the Black Box Theater Events page. Western Wildlife Outreach (WWO) a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of large carnivores, will be there beforehand with their NW Bear Education Trailer displaying a mounted grizzly bear and a mounted black bear as well as free posters and brochures about bears and bear safety.
Early this year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service begin a public review and scientific process to examine the best way to restore grizzly bears to their former habitats in the North Cascades. There will be staff on hand from Conservation Northwest and the National Parks Conservation Association as well as WWO to answer your questions about bears, bear safety and the Environmental Impact Statement now being prepared. Members of the Snohomish Tribal dancers will be on hand to honor the grizzly bear, important to many Native American tribes. The event is also sponsored by the Edmonds Community College Native American Student Association and the Associated Students of Edmonds Community College.