The Robert Bateman Centre presents Nature Talks – a series of live lectures and presentations given by leaders in wildlife conservation and ecological preservation.

Join us each month for thought provoking presentationsthat inspire action for nature! Nature Talksfeaturespioneering individuals who have made an impact by bringing awareness to the scientific community and public about issues related to wildlife and the environment.

 


August 12th, 2018:  An Evening with Elephants

Help us celebrate World Elephant Day at the Robert Bateman Centre. Learn about elephant conservation and the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants in a special presenation by World Elephant Day founder, Patricia Sims. Event includes the award-winning 30-minute documentary Return to the Forest narrated by William Shatner.

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Opening bar reception hosted by Spinnakers Brewpub starts at 6:30 pm with speaker presentation starting at 7:15 pm.

Location: The Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St, Victoria B.C.

Tickets: $10 or FREE for Robert Bateman Centre Members.

Patricia Sims – World Elephant Day Founder, Conservationist, Filmmaker

Patricia Sims is the founder of World Elephant Day, the global awareness campaign that brings attention to the critical threats facing elephants. A passionate and dedicated conservationist, Patricia launched World Elephant Day with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, an initiative of HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand, on August 12, 2012. Since that time Patricia has led and managed the annual World Elephant Day campaign, which has participants in over 50 countries and is recognized by over 100 wildlife organizations. Now in its sixth year, the annual World Elephant Day campaign reaches millions of people across the globe through events, public awareness, and social media outreach. Patricia is also the founder of World Elephant Society, the educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises funds for the annual World Elephant Day campaign.


September 8th, 2018: Gorilla Tactics – How to Save a Species

Join Nature Talks presenter Greg Cummings in an illustrated talk highlighting his 25-year career as a conservationist and safari guide in East Africa. Gorilla Greg gets up close and personal with our hairy mountain cousins and talks about contemporary methods of conservation for endangered species like Gorillas and how we can make a positive impact!
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Opening bar reception hosted by Spinnakers Brewpub starts at 6:30 pm with speaker presentation starting at 7:15 pm.

Location: The Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St, Victoria B.C.

Tickets: $10 or FREE for Robert Bateman Centre Members. Reserve your space online here and click the Book Now button to your left: Gorilla Tactics – How to Save a Species

Greg Cummings –  Writer ∙ Fundraiser ∙ Safari Guide

As Award-winning conservationist,Greg Cummings achieved notable success protecting wild gorilla populations in Africa through community- based initiatives. During his 17-year tenure as director of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund UK, he raised millions of dollars from companies, foundations and individuals around the world. All that money was invested directly into communities adjacent to gorilla habitats, which helped ensure their survival.

As a veteran safari guide, Greg has taken movie producers, heads of industry, ambassadors, and celebrities to meet great apes in the wild. Steve McQueen, who recently won the Academy Award for Best Picture, remarked after trekking with him in the Congo jungle, “Basically he’s Dennis Hopper out of Apocalypse Now!”

Greg is a consummate storyteller, and has appeared with Tom Brokaw on the Today show, participated in docs for the BBC, NPR, and CBC, and published articles in The Guardian, Sea Angler, and The Ecologist. He has also published two action adventure novels set in Africa:Gorillaland and Pirates.

AWARDS – “Gorilla Award”, presented by France’s Ministère de la Culture, November 2009

PUBLICATIONS – Pirates* (Cutting Edge Press, London 2014) Gorillaland (Cutting Edge Press, London 2012) • ‘Billfish Fever in Malindi’ Sea Angler, Feb 2018 ‘Johnny Oceans: Lie or Legend?’ The Flamingo Sun, Sep 2013 ‘Conservation in the Mountains of Uganda’ The Ecologist, Dec 2012 ‘Trekking with gorillas in central Africa’ The Guardian, Nov 2012

VIDEOS – Looking for Johnny’ •‘Apes in Danger’ Daryl Hannah meets gorillas • Gorillaland Promo


October 3rd, 2018: Bhutan – The Kind Kingdom

The versatile, intrepid Salt Spring Island filmmaker/musician Peter Prince, engages with the wonders of nature and the richness of memory, in his multi-layered new film, BHUTAN – The Kind Kingdom (2018). A story of cultural adaptation and celebration set in Bhutan’s remote Phobjikha Valley; where global influences challenge subsistence farmers and their traditional way of life. At stake is a magnificent alpine ecosystem – the habitat of the beloved Black Necked Crane.

Conservationists work with the community to encourage sustainable preservation practices and help organize the annual Black Necked Crane Festival. From 17th century fortress monasteries (Dzongs), to the ritual blessings of Buddhist monks; haunting folk songs and mesmerizing masked dances; the festival draws attention to the plight of the endangered Cranes, and helps foster conservation alliances among farm families of isolated mountain villages and visitors from around the world.

The people’s strong sense of national identity and spirit of reverence for the mythical “heavenly birds” emerges through Peter Princeʼs lens. His music and narration complement the soundtrack as the journey sheds light on the tiny kingdom’s remarkable history, artistry and ancient spiritual beliefs – beliefs that inspire a profound sense of environmental and social responsibility.

A JOURNEY ON THE WINGS OF HEAVENLY BIRDS – The high flying “heavenly bird” of the Himalayas, the mythical Black Necked Crane, is the muse for BHUTAN – THE KIND KINGDOM, a film that plays like a love song for Bhutan. The 55 minute documentary gives voice to Bhutan’s endangered Cranes and explores the vibrant cultural traditions and enlightened conservation initiatives of this enchanting Buddhist nation.

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Opening bar reception hosted by Spinnakers Brewpub starts at 6:30 pm with speaker presentation and documentary feature starting at 7:15 pm.

Location: The Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St, Victoria B.C.

Tickets: $10 or FREE for Robert Bateman Centre Members. Reserve your space online here and click the Book Now button to your left: Bhutan – The Kind Kingdom

Peter Prince – Salt Spring Island Filmmaker/Musician

Peter Prince was born in Toronto, in a working class Slovenian immigrant family of six children. During the late 70s he studied filmmaking at Ryerson University. While working in the Film/TV industry, he honed his skills in Toronto, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Victoria. Since 1987, the father of four has lived on Salt Spring Island, BC.

Heʼs taken his filmmaker’s eye and musician’s soul, from the Haida Gwaii to the Himalayas and beyond. His award-winning films have aired on networks in over 60 countries. As a producer, director, cinematographer and editor for the NFB, CBC, National Geographic, Knowledge and various NGOs, heʼs created documentaries about the natural world––focused on stories that negotiate human usage with wildlife needs. Such as, ReDiscovery: The Eagle’s Gift (1985), about a transformative wilderness experience for First Nation’s youth in the Haida Gwaii. Salt Spring Island Discovery (2007), recalls the islandʼs early days, its links to coastal First Nations, and its battle to save beautiful Burgoyne Bay from development. During the past three decades, heʼs also produced seven albums of his original music and soundtracks for film and television. Evocative imagery and honest emotion are standards of his craft as he continues to discover new means of using media to communicate.

His latest film, BHUTAN – The Kind Kingdom, is a story of cultural adaptation and celebration, set in the remote Phobjikha Valley, where global influences challenge subsistence farmers and their traditional way of life. At stake is a magnificent alpine ecosystem, the habitat of the beloved Black Necked Crane. Bhutanʼs spirit of reverence for the mythical “heavenly bird” emerges through Princeʼs lens. His music complements the soundtrack as his narration sheds light on the kingdomʼs remarkable ecology, history, artistry, dance and spiritual beliefs––beliefs that inspire environmental and social responsibility.

Long solitary hours in the field shooting, in the studio editing, recording and writing, give rise to plenty of resonances between Peter Princeʼs movies and his music. Over 50 of his short films about the life and times of Salt Spring Island may be viewed on his youtube channel www.youtube.com/saltspringvideo. Please visit his website to learn more, watch the BHUTAN movie trailer and listen to his music at www.peterprince.com. Thanks for supporting fair trade for Filmmakers, Music Creators and Craniacs.

To help endangered Cranes world wide and to aid conservation in Bhutan please contact the International Crane Foundation at www.savingcranes.org or The Royal Society for the Protection of Nature at www.rspnbhutan.org


November 15th, 2018: Science and Photography – An Evening for Coastal Carnivores

Join guest speaker Ross Dixon from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation for a rare chance to view a unique collection of wildlife photography and hear from Raincoast scientists about conservation of coastal carnivores in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. Working with Coastal First Nations, Raincoast’s goal is to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest. The unique collection will be auction to support efforts to acquire a fourth commercial hunting licence covering 2,300 square kilometers.

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Opening bar reception hosted by Spinnakers Brewpub starts at 6:30 pm with speaker presentation starting at 7:15 pm.

Location: The Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St, Victoria B.C.

Tickets: $10 or FREE for Robert Bateman Centre Members. Reserve your space online here and click the Book Now button to your left: Science and Photography – Coastal Carnivores

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach ‘informed advocacy’ and it is unique amongst conservation efforts. We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and their wilderness habitats. Learn more at www.raincoast.org.


December 5th, 2018: The Gift of Nature 

Join us at the Robert Bateman Centre this holiday season with Patrick Herzog, author of ‘Tiger, Tiger: A Life Restored by Nature.’ In this Nature Talk presentation, Patrick speaks about his book, chronicling his experiences as a wildlife biologist and how his passion for nature enabled him to survive and recover from experimental treatment for cancer. Learn how connecting with art was the first remarkable step in regaining his life and overcoming his fear of living.

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Opening bar reception hosted by Spinnakers Brewpub starts at 6:30 pm with speaker presentation and book reading starting at 7:15 pm.

Location: The Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St, Victoria B.C.

Tickets: $10 or FREE for Robert Bateman Centre Members. Reserve your space online here and click the Book Now button to your left: The Gift of Nature


We’d like to thank our Nature Talks Community Sponsor Spinnakers Brewpub for their support and contributions to this speaker series!