Derek Kyostia is the guest speaker at the CV Paddlers meeting 7p.m.

Derek Kyostia is the guest speaker at the CV Paddlers meeting 7p.m.

Derek Kyostia guest speaker at CV Paddlers May 7 meeting

The Comox Valley Paddlers Club is pleased to welcome interpretive naturalist and photographer Derek Kyostia as their guest speaker at the final meeting of the 2014/2015 winter season.

Derek’s presentation, Born to Be Wild – The Secret Lives of Grizzly Bears will be an opportunity to delve into the fascinating natural history of Ursus Horribilus and discover what truly amazing animals they are. It will serve to dispel many of the myths and misunderstandings that people have, not just about grizzlies but about bears in general.

Backed by extensive periods spent in the field, Derek offers a personal, informed and often humorous reminder that these magnificent creatures need not be feared but simply respected and appreciated.

Raised on the wild north shore of Lake Superior, Derek moved west and worked for nearly a decade in remote fisheries up and down the coast of British Columbia. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in biology, a Master Captains License as well as a number of other certifications, all backed by several years of experience.

In the interim he satisfied his curiosity for all things wild through participation in avian and wildlife research projects in Australia, Mexico and all of the western provinces of Canada.

Since 2003 Derek has worked as an interpretive naturalist guide, dedicating his time between the grizzly bears of B.C., the polar bears of the Arctic and the penguins of Antarctica.

Derek’s presentation commences at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 7 at the Lion’s Den, 1729 Comox Ave., in Comox (behind the Pearl Ellis Art Gallery). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free of charge and non-members are  welcome to attend.

The Comox Valley Paddlers Club winter meetings take place the first Thursday of the month, October through to May. Paddling enthusiasts can learn more about club events and summer activities at the meeting.

For more information e-mail comoxpaddlers@gmail.com or visit comoxvalleypaddlers.ca

 

– Comox Valley Paddlers Club

 

 

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