We know that whales and dolphins are very intelligent creatures, but do they have a culture? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with HAL WHITEHEAD, University Research Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Together with biologist Luke Rendell, they have written one of the most though provoking books about animal behavior: THE CULTURAL LIVES OF WHALES AND DOLPHINS. Tune in and learn about how we define culture, social learning in dolphins and Killer Whales, and what the implications are when we think about conserving species that have a culture.
It began with the simple act of throwing table scraps out of the backdoor of rural homes but over the decades turned into a major avocation for millions of Americans and a big business. Bird feeding is something that many of us take for granted, but it took many years of changes in how we think about birds to turn it into the beloved and common pastime it is today. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with PAUL J. BAICICH, birding and conservation writer and editor about the new book he wrote with Margaret A. Barker and Carrol L. Henderson: FEEDING WILD BIRDS IN AMERICA: CULTURE, COMMERCE AND CONSERVATION.