*rescheduled from January 28 due to illness* The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continues January 28 at 3 pm, when Zack Klyver will present on The Future of Whale Habitat Protection and Whale Watching in Passamaquoddy Bay, which will include a review of how communities surrounding Passamaquoddy Bay have repeatedly turned back large industrial projects, starting with the proposed Pittston Oil Refinery in 1973, in favor of protecting the environment, fisheries, and whales. Attendees will learn of options for the future of whale habitat protection and whale watching in Passamaquoddy Bay.
Klyver is a global leader in marine mammal education and conservation. He has participated in eco-tourism and conservation from the Arctic to Antarctica, including guiding more than 3,000 whale watching tours on the Gulf of Maine. In 2011, he founded FLUKES: International Whale Tours, to take people to see whale in the best places in the world, including Baja, Mexico to see Blue Whales. He assisted in the coordination of right whale surveys with the Canadian Whale Institute and New England Aquarium, searching for an unknown mating ground for right whales, and spent ten winter seasons as an endangered right whale and sea turtle observer in the Southeast. He has worked as a marine mammal observer in the Arctic going from Nome to the Beaufort Sea, where he encountered Polar bears and Bowhead whales. He co-founded and currently co-chairs the North Atlantic Whale Watch Naturalist Association. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Klyver grew up in Eastport, Maine, and is a graduate of the College of the Atlantic with a B.A. in Human Ecology.
The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center. The events are offered by voluntary donation, with proceeds shared equally between the presenters and EAC ongoing program The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The full series schedule, which runs weekly through early April, skipping Easter Sunday, may be found at eastportartscenter.org/the-
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.