Veteran, naturalist, author

doug peacock elk river arts and lectures

A Vietnam veteran and former Green Beret medic, Doug Peacock has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the blue sheep of Nepal. A friend of the late author Edward Abbey, Peacock was the model for Abbey’s infamous character, George Washington Hayduke. He was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2011 Lannan Fellow for his work on his latest book, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: Global Warming, the Origins of the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene.

Peacock also is the author of Grizzly Years, ¡Baja!, Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness, and co-author (with Andrea Peacock) of The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears.

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Grizzly bears: With video footage of wild bears in Yellowstone and Glacier national parks (can be adapted for any age group).

Climate change: A talk on how people of the Pleistocene survived the climate change of their era.

Veterans’ issues: On the lessons of war, the history of Vietnam, and the struggles of combat veterans once they come home.

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