Come to a lecture at the Barn by Todd McLeish on Thursday March 14 – 6:30pm for potluck desserts, then the program at 7pm. With his new book in hand – Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World – author Todd McLeish will recount his adventures studying the elusive narwhal, the rare Arctic whale with the spiral tusk. He will take his audience high above the Arctic Circle with teams of narwhal researchers seeking to solve the mysteries of the animal’s migrations and debating the purpose of its tusk. He will also share insights about the importance of narwhals in Inuit culture and how the warming planet is affecting the species. Along the way you’ll hear about the many other unique animals living in the narwhal’s frozen world, from walruses and polar bears to bowhead and beluga whales.
Todd is a Rhode Island-based science writer who has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 20 years. In more than 100 magazine articles he has highlighted numerous threatened species, profiled biologists and wildlife artists, and described encounters with a wide variety of backyard wildlife. His previous books have examined the lives of some of New England’s rarest creatures, from right whales and basking sharks to roseate terns and burying beetles.