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Society of Crows and Living Nature Culture: An Evening with Dr. Rob Butler

January 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Join the Conservancy for an engaging, enthusiastic and thoughtful evening of stories and understanding by renowned ornithologist, author, film maker and artist Dr. Rob Butler. We will start with the fascinating story of crow society followed by the showing of Dr. Butler’s most recent and stimulating film RETURNING on the emergence of culture within the context of nature– Nature Culture.

Dr. Rob Butler is an ornithologist, author, filmmaker and artist. He holds a graduate degree from Simon Fraser University (MSc) and the University of British Columbia (PhD). His research career began with the social behaviour of crows.

For over 40 years, Rob Butler watched, listened and lived among birds in the Salish Sea. He followed the birds into marshlands and along beaches of the Salish Sea and distant tropical lands. He met people of many cultures and he wrote and spoke about his discoveries. What emerged was a new view of nature that could inspire and transform the lives of all people.

He is a fellow of The Explorers Club, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and American Ornithologists Society, an outstanding alumnus of Simon Fraser University and Capilano University, and Signature Member of Artists for Conservation.

Photo Shawn Bergman

In his presentation on Mayne Island he will speak on 2 of his favorite topics:

Society of Crows

From a remote island to the urban jungle, the ever popular, Society of Crows will take you on a journey into the mind of the crow to explore its complex social interactions.

Returning: Nature Culture

Rob will open with a short talk about a new vision and relationship with nature, Nature Culture that draws on the latest research into health and well being benefits, describes an emerging market for entrepreneurs, and steps to build a sustainable culture. He will follow with a preview of his latest film that will air on Knowledge Network in 2019 called RETURNING. Co-produced with internationally acclaimed fim maker Mike McKinlay, RETURNING is about a journey they took in search of nature infused culture in the Salish Sea.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale at the Trading Post, Farm Gate, and the Conservancy office. Or, use your credit card to purchase them here online.

Special Offer for Conservancy Members Only

Members can receive 50% off on tickets to this event if you purchase online only, in advance of the event (walk-in tickets on the evening will cost $10 for everyone.)

We will email our current members with the discount code. If you haven’t received the code, please email webmaster Don by clicking here, and he will get you fixed up.

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January 12, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mayne Island Conservancy
(250) 539-2535


Mayne Island Agricultural Hall
430 Fernhill Rd
Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J0 Canada
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Anne Kilgannon · December 28, 2018 at 10:38 am

We are looking forward to attending the talk! But if we pay by credit card there will be a fee for the exchange between Canadian and American dollars, a penalty in other words. Would it be possible to do a “will call” at the door? Or we can simply take our chances and buy our tickets when we arrive that weekend. What do you advise? Will you sell out?

    Don Enright · December 28, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Hello Anne- I will reply by email and cc our events coordinator. I’m sure we can work it out.

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