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Throughout the year the Osoyoos Desert Centre hosts several lectures and workshops as well as our popular Movie & An Expert series in which we screen a film focusing on local, national or international environmental issues and present it along with an engaging guest speaker.


Geographies of Solitude

with special guest Don Gayton

On the remote Sable Island off Nova Scotia, naturalist Zoe Lucas has spent a lifetime meticulously documenting the island’s changes. Lucas is the devoted custodian of her chose home where she has lived for over 40 years, amassing a staggering collection of taxidermy creatures and catalogues of marine litter.

Shot on 16mm and incorporating eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, this playful experimentation chronicles an island’s ecological marvels such as its wild horses, seal colonies and starry landscapes. The pattering of insects produces a melodic tune, while seaweed becomes material for film processing. Reminiscent of a languid hike, this film is a reflective journey that refreshes the soul.

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Don Gayton is a consulting ecologist and nature writer, based in Summerland. He has a lifelong passion for grasslands and dry forests, having worked in the western US, Saskatchewan and BC. His research interests include fire ecology, ecological restoration, range management and wetlands. Gayton’s technical publications include Basic Concepts in Ecological Restoration, and BC Grasslands: Monitoring Vegetation Change. His popular publications include award- winning books of non-fiction: The Wheatgrass Mechanism, Man Facing West, and Landscapes of the Interior, Okanagan Odyssey and his most recent book, The Sky and the Patio: An Ecology of Home. Don has a Master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan. His current passion is connecting ecology to creative writing.

Advance tickets only. Tickets must be purchased in advance online or call our office, 250.495.2470.

Tickets $22

includes talk, movie and reception

Saturday February 24, 2024, 1 to 4 pm

Osoyoos Secondary School Theatre
5800 115 Street, Osoyoos, BC

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