Naturally Curious Lecture Series: The Struggle for Survival in a Changing Arctic
The Struggle for Survival in a Changing Arctic
Friday, May 15th, 7:00pm
Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown
Join author Todd McLeish in a multimedia presentation as he recounts his adventures studying the elusive narwhal, the rare Arctic whale with the spiral tusk. He will take his audience high above the Arctic Circle with teams of narwhal researchers seeking to solve the mysteries of the animal’s migrations and debating the purpose of its tusk. He will also share insights about the importance of narwhals in Inuit culture and how the warming planet is affecting the species. Along the way you’ll hear about the many other unique animals living in the narwhal’s frozen world, from walruses and polar bears to bowhead and beluga whales. Copies of Todd’s new narwhal book will be available for purchase and signing.
Todd McLeish is a Rhode Island-based science writer who has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 20 years. In more than 100 magazine articles he has highlighted numerous threatened species, profiled biologists and wildlife artists, and described encounters with a wide variety of backyard wildlife. His latest book, Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World, came out last year. His previous books have examined the lives of some of New England’s rarest creatures, from right whales and basking sharks to roseate terns and burying beetles. He works at the University of Rhode Island.