An Evening with the Experts – Saturday, Feb. 12
Austin creates high-resolution, life-size photographs of endangered whale species. His current body of work represents the largest, most detailed photographs of whales in the world. Devoting up to three months at a time with specific whale populations, Austin seeks out inquisitive and accepting individual whales.
Friedlaender is a research scientist at Marine Science and Conservation at Duke University. Friedlaender’s experience lies in marine mammals foraging ecology, tagging, and the effects of climate change. Friedlaender is also a professional photographer and outdoor enthusiast.
Kaufman, the president and founder of the Pacific Whale Foundation, is an internationally renowned humpback whale researcher with 31 years of experience studying humpbacks throughout the Pacific. Kaufman began traveling the United States and Europe to educate the public about endangered whales in the 1970s. He has pioneered responsible whale- and dolphin-watching programs and conducted vital humpback whale research throughout the Pacific.
Corey Ryder is a producer/direct-or/writer in film, TV and music, and serves as the president of Earth Foundation. Ryder was on the team that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary of 2009 for The Cove, which shed light on the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.
See next week’s Maui Weekly for a complete schedule of events, including the Whale Day Celebration and the Maui Parade of Whales on Saturday, Feb. 19, and the Great Maui Whale Count on Saturday, Feb. 26.
For additional information or to register for any of the events, visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811.