Ret Talbot, author of the forthcoming book, "The Coral Reef", will give a talk about the world of coral Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St. The paradox of coral is that it is both frighteningly fragile and remarkably resilient. Stories of coral reefs in trouble dominate the news such as bleaching events, disease, ocean acidification, sunscreen, pollution and a host of other stressors threaten to alter, even destroy, coral reefs as we know them. Scientists also know coral is one of the most resilient organisms on Earth, having survived each of the mass extinction events. What is the future of coral and coral reefs? To answer that question, people need to understand what coral is and what strategies it uses to survive and thrive in a multitude of environments. How can scientists and conservationists assist coral? What can people do? Join Talbot to learn the answers to these questions. For more information, call 594-0600 ext. 5.