The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society Spring Lecture Series Continues!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 7 PM (FREE)
Basking with Humpbacks, Tracking Threatened Marine Life in New England Waters
Rhode Island-based author Todd McLeish will take us along on an entertaining journey with biologists who are studying these creatures to better understand the complex threats they face. He follows basking sharks—the second largest fish in the sea—as they search for food, helps harbor porpoises escape from fishing nets, snorkels in search of wild bay scallops, and learns how the blood of horseshoe crabs is used in medical research. Along the way he visits the islands where rare seabirds nest, tracks humpback whales on their long migration to the Gulf of Maine, and watches as stranded sea turtles are released back into the ocean.
Mr. McLeish has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 20 years. While earning degrees in communications at Ithaca College and Emerson College, he developed a passion for wildlife, natural history and environmental protection. Rather than pursue a biology degree, he immersed himself in the natural world by volunteering to help biologists with their wildlife research and write about these experiences.
Call (508) 991-4556, ext. 10 for more information.