After a long, beautiful drive down the icefields parkway, Annerose Georgeson, Claire Kujundzic and I arrived at the Banff Centre late Saturday night and unloaded our artwork. The staff were very helpful, bringing us ladders and vacuum cleaners when we needed them, but it took most of Sunday to install it. We are all very happy with how it looks.
Monday was a very full day. After welcoming remarks by Allan Carroll of UBC and Bill Riel of Canadian Forest Service, Daniel Lux, Senior Manager of Alberta’s Forest Health Section, gave a livel, candid keynote address on recent mountain pine beetle history on this side if the Rockies.
Then we heard 17 fascinating presentations of research on various aspects the conference theme, Forest Insect Disturbance in a Warming Environment. There are 60 scientists here from around the world; some are presenting post graduate research. A very full day!
After the sessions we met up with Ed Bamiling who heads the ceramics department at the Banff Centre. It was lovely to reconnect after many years, and to visit his studio.
More to follow…