Douglas Chadwick on our interconnectedness to nature

Famed wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick will read from and discuss his newest book, Four Fifths a Grizzly: A New Perspective on Nature that Just Might Save Us All, at Elk River Books, 122 S. 2nd St., Livingston, on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.

According to the publisher, “In Four Fifths A Grizzly, Chadwick presents an engaging series of personal essays that illustrate the interconnectedness of nature, advocating that the path toward conservation begins with how we see our place in the world. He wants readers to understand that nature is not a hobby and being outdoorsy is not just for a special-interest crowd; it applies to everyone on the planet.”

“With quirky but deeply insightful prose, marvelously complemented by carefully curated photographs, Chadwick serves up both a feast for the eyes and a life-changing insight into who we really are,” writes Harvey Locke, co-founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. “Four Fifths a Grizzly is a career-capping tour de force by one of the world’s great natural science writers.”

Chadwick carried out research on mountain goat ecology and social behavior in the Glacier National Park ecosystem for years, and has assisted other scientists in their study of harlequin ducks, wolverines, grizzly bears and whales. He is a natural history journalist who has produced 14 books and hundreds of magazine stories. Many of his articles have been for the National Geographic Society on subjects from snow leopards high in the Himalayas to lowland rainforests and the underwater kingdoms of coral. A founding board member of the Vital Ground Foundation, a conservation land trust, Chadwick also serves on the board of the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation, which supports wildlife research and community-based conservation programs throughout the world.

In an effort to keep our community safe, masks will be required and vaccinations are strongly encouraged. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the door.

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