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The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan, with environmentalist Briony Penn

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
6:30pm to 8:00pm
at: 

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

cost: 
Free

Join author Briony Penn for an entertaining afternoon celebrating the life of this remarkable scientist, naturalist, educator and quiet activist. 

Ian McTaggart Cowan (1910–2010), revolutionized the way North Americans understood the natural world and is known as the “father of Canadian ecology.” From his formative years roaming the mountains around Vancouver looking for venison to his last years co-editing the voluminous and authoritative Birds of British Columbia, Cowan’s life provides a unique perspective on a century of environmental change—with a critical message for the future. He was no stranger to the suppression of scientists or challenging pipelines, hydro projects, pesticides and industrial logging - all before most of us were even born. He pioneered nature television in its very earliest days and later hired David Suzuki. Clips from his original CBC TV shows will be played as well as readings from the book, recollections of his life and his thoughts on the future. http://cowantherealthing.com.

Briony Penn is a naturalist, broadcaster, educator, and writer well known across Canada. As a journalist, columnist and author, Briony has a publishing record of hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines as well as books, government publications and peer-reviewed journals. She is also an artist and has exhibited and published widely on natural history themes. Briony is a pioneer of community mapping and has created numerous artistic community maps that have been replicated across North America and Europe. In the last 20 years, she has also been an active community researcher on biological/cultural topics, a mentor for young activists and raised two wonderful sons. 

- See more at: http://lagoonsociety.com/blog/lagoon-society-news/2015/10/book-launch-br...

Join author Briony Penn for an entertaining afternoon celebrating the life of this remarkable scientist, naturalist, educator and quiet activist. 

Ian McTaggart Cowan (1910–2010), revolutionized the way North Americans understood the natural world and is known as the “father of Canadian ecology.” From his formative years roaming the mountains around Vancouver looking for venison to his last years co-editing the voluminous and authoritative Birds of British Columbia, Cowan’s life provides a unique perspective on a century of environmental change—with a critical message for the future. He was no stranger to the suppression of scientists or challenging pipelines, hydro projects, pesticides and industrial logging - all before most of us were even born. He pioneered nature television in its very earliest days and later hired David Suzuki. Clips from his original CBC TV shows will be played as well as readings from the book, recollections of his life and his thoughts on the future. http://cowantherealthing.com.

Briony Penn is a naturalist, broadcaster, educator, and writer well known across Canada. As a journalist, columnist and author, Briony has a publishing record of hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines as well as books, government publications and peer-reviewed journals. She is also an artist and has exhibited and published widely on natural history themes. Briony is a pioneer of community mapping and has created numerous artistic community maps that have been replicated across North America and Europe. In the last 20 years, she has also been an active community researcher on biological/cultural topics, a mentor for young activists and raised two wonderful sons. 

- See more at: http://lagoonsociety.com/blog/lagoon-society-news/2015/10/book-launch-br...

Join leading environmentalist, Briony Penn, for an entertaining event celebrating the life of this remarkable scientist, naturalist, educator and quiet activist.


Ian McTaggart Cowan (1910–2010), revolutionized the way North Americans understood the natural world and is known as the “father of Canadian ecology.” From his formative years roaming the mountains around Vancouver looking for venison to his last years co-editing the voluminous and authoritative Birds of British Columbia, Cowan’s life provides a unique perspective on a century of environmental change—with a critical message for the future. He was no stranger to the suppression of scientists or challenging pipelines, hydro projects, pesticides and industrial logging - all before most of us were even born. He pioneered nature television in its very earliest days and later hired David Suzuki. Clips from his original CBC TV shows will be played as well as readings from the book, recollections of his life and his thoughts on the future. cowantherealthing.com.

One of Canada’s leading environmentalists, Briony Penn is a geographer from Saltspring Island, BC.  
Briony has lived most of her life on the shores of the Salish Sea, and helped initiate the sea’s official naming.
She is an adjunct professor at the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria and has spent the last 20 years as an award-winning environmental writer, educator, naturalist, broadcaster, artist and lecturer. A pioneer of barefoot mapping, she has created maps and led workshops assisting communities to map their cherished places for nearly two decades, culminating in several books including Islands in the Salish Sea: A Community Atlas, nominated for the BC Book Awards. Briony is the mother of two teenage boys and lives on Saltspring Island in an ecohouse she designed. cowantherealthing.com/about-briony-penn