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Biologist shares passion for wild West Coast

Alexandra Morton shows how to maintain healthy migrating salmon populations
Biologist shares passion for wild West Coast

Passionate and articulate, biologist Alexandra Morton, from the Broughton Archipelago, is coming to Powell River on Wednesday, May 25 at the request of Sierra Club Malaspina, to finish a month-long Mayday Save Our Salmon journey through 25 communities.

Two and a half decades spent immersed in the world of wild orcas, wild salmon and wild coastal communities has given Morton plenty of material for fascinating stories that spin the Pacific Coast magic people love to hear. A life dedicated to ensuring that orcas can still live in local waters and eat healthy wild salmon gives her the same type of iconic authority as David Suzuki.

Supported by laboratory research and aboriginal traditional knowledge, Morton shows how government policies have almost destroyed wild pacific salmon. Converging science and spirit, she also shows how people can keep migrating salmon populations healthy and strong so they can survive their journey out to ocean feeding areas as juveniles and return to their home rivers as adults.

The event, Wild Salmon: BC’s Lost Legacy? will include a question and answer period following Morton’s talk for anyone who wishes to know more. Evening entertainment will also include live music and two short films. Jeremy Williams’ film The Rise of Salmon People, and Terry L. Brown’s film Salmon of Powell River will both be shown.

The event begins at 7 pm at Evergreen Theatre. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome to attend. For information about the work of Morton and colleagues is available on her website.