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Three-Part Speaker Series – Limited Tickets

September 13


Conservancy 2024 Speaker Series:

John Vaillant: September 13

Rob Butler: September 28

Wade Davis: December 7


Maybe you’ve read their books, or seen them interviewed, but now’s your chance to see them in person, hear them talk, and ask them questions. The Conservancy has an incredible line-up of internationally recognized authors who explore environmental issues that touch us here on SKTAK | Mayne. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see and hear these people speak in the intimate setting of the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall.

John Vaillant: September 13, 7pm

John Vaillant is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction chronicling the natural world. His latest book, Fire Weather, The Making of a Beast, came out in 2023 and has been creating sparks everywhere it has been read. “For hundreds of millennia, fire has been a partner in our evolution, shaping culture, civilization, and, very likely, our brains. Fire has enabled us to cook our food, defend and heat our homes, and power the machines that drive our titanic economy. Yet this volatile energy source has always threatened to elude our control, and in our new age of intensifying climate change, we are seeing its destructive power unleashed in previously unimaginable ways.”

Valliant’s first book, The Golden Spruce, won the Pearson Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award; his second book, The Tiger, won British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and The Walrus. Vaillant lives in Vancouver.

Read more about John’s work.


Rob Butler: September 28th, 7pm

Photo by Shawn Bergman

Over half a century of watching, writing, drawing, listening and living among birds, Rob Butler’s views have transformed from ecology and behaviour of birds to a unifying vision of nature and human culture which he calls Nature Culture.

Dr. Rob Butler holds a graduate degree from Simon Fraser University (MSc) and the University of British Columbia (PhD). 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.

His research career includes the social behaviour of crows, ecology of herons, and migration of birds.

Rob is an adjunct professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University and has published over 150 works for scientific and popular audiences. He has scores of appearances on television, radio and in newspapers. He wrote and co-produced with Mike McKinlay two films on nature and culture.

He has served on many boards including The Nature Trust of British Columbia, the Pacific WildLife Foundation, and Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee and Vancouver International Bird Festival. He is Honorary Director of Nature Kids and Pacific WildLife Foundation that he co-founded.

Read more about Rob’s work.

Wade Davis: December 7, 2:00 pm

Wade Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 2000 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

An ethnographer, writer, photographer and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among 15 indigenous groups while making some 6000 botanical collections. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller later released by Universal as a motion picture. In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunavut and Greenland.

Read more about Wade’s work.

Purchase Your Series Tickets While They Last!

We hope that you are as excited as we are about our 2024 Speaker Series. If you are interested in attending all three of these presentations, we have a three-part series ticket available until August 31st, which allows you to save $15.00 and attend all three events for $100.00.

Individual tickets to these events vary in price, and will be available after August 31st.


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Three-Part Speaker Series
$ 100.00


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Mayne Island Conservancy
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430 Fernhill Rd
Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J0 Canada
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