David Douglas was a Scottish naturalist who did much of his best work in the Pacific Northwest, where his contacts with local fur traders and tribal families resulted in key information about our native landscape. Douglas met his demise in a spectacular and mysterious manner while on the big island of Hawaii, but he had several close calls in our region as well. This slide presentation will focus on why he managed to say alive here, what his collections mean to us today, and the search to find out what really happened at the scene of his death. Pictured at right is a painting of the Kilauea Crater where Douglas died.
Jack Nisbet is the author of David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest.
Pictured above: Kilauea Crater by Day by Titian Ramsey Peale, 1842, Bishop Museum, Honolulu
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: South Hill