The Sitka Conservation Society will host two big events in the coming weeks — its annual meeting on Feb. 23 and the premiere of the film The Meaning Of Wild on March 9. In addition, there will be a Bear Aware meeting on Feb. 16.
The annual meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at The Loft (408 Oja Way, across from the Sitka Police Department parking lot). Sitka Conservation Society staff will give a brief update on current developments and projects. There will be a special showing of the short film, The Way Home, which chronicles the trip Alice and Chuck Johnstone took to West Chichagof to visit the area they worked to protect as wilderness. All Sitka Conservation Society members and anyone who interested in becoming a member are encouraged to attend. Light desserts and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.
The Sitka premiere of The Meaning of Wild takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7 (free for kids age 10 and younger), and they are available at Old Harbor Books. The film will be accompanied by a selection of wilderness-themed short films, a photography exhibit and silent auction, and door prizes.
Finally, there will be a Bear Aware meeting from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Kettleson Memorial Library. To kick off the Bear Aware project for the spring, Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Phil Mooney will present on bear behavior and living with bears in the Tongass. Kettleson Memorial Library head librarian Sarah Bell will also share resources available at the library for folks to learn more. It is open to all ages, and families are welcome. As the bears come out of hibernation, it is important that we are all bear aware and know the best ways to live in harmony with them in their country.
For more details, go to the Sitka Conservation Society website at http://www.sitkawild.org/, or call 747-7509.