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Ian McTaggart-Cowan: The Legacy of a Pioneering Biologist, Educator and Conservationist

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Illustrated with a few photos from Kootenay National Park including a Wolf chasing a butterfly by Alan Dibb

This book traces the early history of biological exploration and discovery in British Columbia and Canada’s Rocky Mountain
national parks. One man, Ian McTaggart-Cowan, was at the centre of that history as an explorer, educator, advocate of wildlife and wilderness values and pioneer conservationist.

As part of a small group of legendary naturalists, he documented our rich and diverse wildlife resources and brought them and their importance to public attention. This book follows the trails of many of those pioneers and the researchers who followed. It is a tribute to the remarkable one-hundred-year life of the man who was “The right man, in the right place, at the right time!”

This comprehensive biography is a culmination of four years of volunteer collaboration of the authors and nearly 100 former
colleagues, students, friends and family of Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan. The three authors, Ron Jakimchuk, Wayne Campbell
and Dennis Demarchi, reflect a combined personal experience of over 100 years interacting with Dr. Cowan in several capacities.This included a close working relationship between Dr. Cowan and Wayne Campbell over a 35-year period.

This 400-page, hard-cover book, recently released by Harbour Publishing and jointly sponsored by the Biodiversity Centre
for Wildlife Studies (BCFWS),1 is available in bookstores or directly from Harbour Publishing.2 The price is $49.95 + GST. All
royalties to which the authors are entitled have been formally allocated to the BCFWS, a registered non-profit society.

1Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies ( 
BC V8N 6L8. Telephone: (250-477-0465).

2Harbour Publishing ( 
Toll-free order line (1-800-667-2988)

Please Note: A formal book launch and signing sponsored by Harbour Publishing, the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum celebrating publication of the Ian McTaggart-Cowan biography is scheduled for
Saturday, March 7, 2015. It will be held in the foyer of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on the University of British Columbia campus from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.