SUMMERSIDE – Anthropological Conservationist Miranda Strubel from New Annan returns to Eptek Centre with a new presentation focused on her recent research and travels in Peru. Similar to her previous talks on Nepal and Borneo, Strubel will share insights into her fieldwork dealing with endangered species and the stresses placed on the environment by native peoples.
The talk is entitled “Community-based Conservation in Peru: Negotiating the intersection between human livelihoods and primate ‘neighbourhoods’.” A number of species were studied with particular attention to the yellow-tailed woolly monkey whose highland habitat has become fragmented by land clearance for farming.
Strubel was also involved with environmental awareness projects with school children in a Peruvian village. A special colouring workbook was designed and translated for use in this effort, and samples of the book will be on display.
The presentation accompanies Strubel’s current photo exhibition in the Eptek Centre lobby. The exhibition, “Where the Forest Meets the Clouds: Community-based Primate Conservation in La Esperanza, Peru,” consists of 44 images ranging from dizzying mountain vistas to long-distance pictures of hidden monkeys and other creatures with a number of village shots included. The exhibit is on display Tuesdays to Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon to 4 p.m. until Feb. 24.
The public is invited to the illustrated talk at 2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 10. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.
The main exhibition in the Eptek Art & Culture Centre gallery is “Canada’s Waterscapes” a travelling exhibit from the Canadian Museum of Nature.