Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton are excited to present Finding Coyote: A Lecture by Shelley Alexander as part of The City of Calgary Open AiR artist residency program. Eric and Mia are conducting creative research into human and animal cohabitation in Sunnyside and Hillhurst. As an animal that shares the community, moving through natural corridors such as McHugh Bluff, they knew that Alexander’s research about coyote would dovetail perfectly with their own explorations. Eric and Mia saw Shelley speak about Coyotes last year and were immediately taken by her intelligent passion for the subject. They have since looked at the city and our relationships with animals differently. Please join Eric and Mia for this special presentation.
Finding Coyote: A Lecture by Shelley Alexander. October 3, 7:30pm
The urban coyote is one who lives in fragments of nature surrounded by city infrastructure. While natural on all accounts, by virtue of where we find it, the urban coyote likely has modified its behaviour to survive this impoverished ecosystem. Hear what U of C Dept. of Geography Professor Shelley Alexander’s research has shown of how Calgary coyotes survive here and the nature of conflict with pets and people across Canadian cities. Shelley will present recent findings from the Foothills Coyote Initiative, which examines prevailing attitudes, values and concepts of space/place and will explore how we might engage art and community to re-negotiate our relationships with coyote and together, co-flourish.
Shelley M. Alexander – Bio
Shelley is a Full Professor in the Department of Geography, U of C, and one of Canada’s few international experts in wild canid ecology and conservation. She has over 25 years of experience studying wolves and coyotes in Canada, and was a pioneer in Conservation GIS, integrating field observations of predators and their prey with remote sensing imagery and geospatial analysis, to enhance wildlife conservation and human safety, particularly on highways. Most recently, she launched the Foothills Coyote Initiative (www.ucalgary.ca/canid-lab) – a 5 year SSHRC funded project combining in-depth interviews with geospatial analysis. Previously, Shelley established the Calgary Coyote Project (2005–2012) and spearheaded the on-line, Living with Coyotes (2008-2012) citizen science mapping and engagement tool. Shelley’s research program remains the most comprehensive study of contemporary urban coyotes in Canada. Her international research collaborations have taken her to Mexico, Belize, Europe and Zimbabwe. In professional volunteer work, Shelley currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Conservation Biology (N. America), the Science Advisory Board for Project Coyote, USA, and among other prior board appointments, she participated for 7 years as a member of the Calgary Foundation Environment and Recreation Grants review committee. Shelley also is a horsewoman, dabbles in acrylic painting, and enjoys time with her family and two dogs.