NatureTalks: An evening with Toad PeopleDecember 4, 2019
What does it take to save a species?
Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada and filmmaker Isabelle Groc for a screening of her film, Toad People, followed by a discussion about the challenges we face and the actions we can take for saving space in nature for toads, frogs and all other creatures.
The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas Street, Victoria
Doors at 7 p.m. | Film begins at 7:30 p.m.
About the film
In British Columbia, more than half of all amphibian species (frogs, toads and salamanders) and reptiles (snakes, lizards and turtles) are at risk. They’re struggling because of habitat loss — especially loss of wetlands — as well as road mortality, invasive species such as American bullfrogs, pesticides, climate change and disease.
Western toads are no exception. In BC, their populations have experienced significant declines.
Toad People tells the story of families and communities across BC who are taking action to save the wildlife in their backyard, whether it’s toads, mountain caribou, rattlesnakes or barn owls. Co-directors Isabelle Groc and Mike McKinlay spent four years documenting intensive community efforts to save species at risk in British Columbia. Today, they bring those stories and the people behind them together in Toad People.
Through stunning cinematography that journeys from the wetlands to the forest, and to various communities across BC, Toad People serves as a powerful call to action and a hopeful reminder that people of all ages can come together to make a difference. The film has been shown around the world, and received the Impact Award at the Wildscreen Panda Awards in October 2018 in Bristol. Wildscreen is the world's biggest festival of natural history storytelling.
About Isabelle Groc
Isabelle Groc (Photo by Jakob Dulisse)
Isabelle Groc is an award-winning writer, photographer, filmmaker, speaker, and outreach specialist based in Vancouver, Canada. She focuses on environmental science, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species, marine mammals and ecosystems, and the changing relationships between people and the natural world. She aims to create stories that increase our understanding and awareness of conservation issues and inspire change.
As a photojournalist, Isabelle works closely with conservation groups and scientists to create visuals and narratives that help educate the public and guide environmental and policy change.
She is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of Science Writers.
Gone is Gone: Wildlife under Threat
Isabelle just celebrated the publication of Gone is Gone: Wildlife under Threat, her non-fiction children’s book on endangered species conservation, with a foreword by Jane Goodall.
In addition to presenting Toad People, she will share stories from this book, which is published by Victoria-based Orca Books and will be available for purchase at the event.