Best Bets: B.C. author talks about his cross-country road trip to find endangered species

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 21, 2014 

Cameron MacDonald, The Endangered Species Road Trip, Bellingham

Canadian author Cameron MacDonald packed his family into a minivan for cross-country adventure to observe North America's rarest species. He talks about his new book, "The Endangered Species Road Trip," at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

CLAIRE MCKINNEY — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Cameron MacDonald of Vancouver, B.C. talks about his book, "The Endangered Species Road Trip: A Summer's Worth of Dingy Motels, Poison Oak, Ravenous Insects, and the Rarest Species in North America," at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Co-sponsored by the North Cascades Institute, MacDonald is a guest for the spring "Nature of Writing Series."

Crammed into a minivan with wife, toddler, infant, and dog, accompanied by mounds of toys, diapers, tent, sleeping bags, and other paraphernalia, MacDonald embarked on a road trip of a lifetime to observe North America's rarest species.

The journey takes the MacDonald family from British Columbia, along the west coast of the United States, through the Southwest and Florida, up the east coast of the U.S., and finally to eastern Canada and then back home to B.C.

Along the way, MacDonald offers fascinating details about the natural history of the endangered species he seeks, as well as threats like overpopulation, commercial fishing, and climate change that are driving them towards extinction.

Details on the free event: 360-671-2626, villagebooks.com.

CELTIC MUSIC CONCERT, HARP AND GUITAR

A Celtic music concert, featuring harp and guitar, will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. in Bellingham.

The concert will feature "Dancing Harp and Blazing Guitar" with Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman.

Here is a rare chance to experience this celebrated virtuoso partnership. Maire is one of Ireland's most important and influential traditional musicians and Chris is a brilliant English master of the acoustic guitar. The duo's performances are a blend of traditional Irish, hot jazz, bluegrass, and baroque, coupled with new compositions and subversive wit.

The cost of the all-ages show is $15.

More information at 360-733-5960 or oldbridgemusic.com.

SATURDAY BALLROOM DANCING

The Bellingham Senior Activity Center will host a ballroom dance at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in the senior center auditorium at 315 Halleck St. in Bellingham.

These dances, hosted on various Saturdays throughout the spring, are open to the public and to those who can't dance but are willing to learn.

Lessons start at 6:30 p.m. and the dance starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

The cost is $5.

Music will include well-known ballroom, swing and Latin dance tunes. The music is recorded (there is no live band).

There will be several types of dancing, including ballroom with a little Latin, fox trot, swing, waltz, rumba, and more.

For more information, call 360-733-4030.

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