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In Search of the Red Owl

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  • Kate Marianchild
    Dear friends, please send this on to anyone you think might like to come. We are really trying to get the word out. - Kate “In Search of the Red Owl”
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      Dear friends, please send this on to anyone you think might like to
      come. We are really trying to get the word out. - Kate

      �In Search of the Red Owl�
      Slide Presentation on Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m. Ukiah City Council

      When Luke Cole was 10 years old in Kenya, Africa, his father
      showed him a butterfly from Madagascar. It was the most lovely thing he
      had ever seen. He remembers standing on the Plains of Amboseli and
      wishing he could be instantly transported to the land of beautiful
      Thirty-one years later his dream came true. The boy was now a
      grown man living in the United States. He had become an environmental
      attorney, a naturalist, a birder, a photographer, and an author. In the
      meantime the Red Owl, a bird endemic to Madagascar and thought to be
      extinct for 40 years, had been found. Luke Cole decided to go to
      Madagascar to see if he could find the elusive and endangered Red Owl.
      The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is in the
      Indian Ocean off the coast of east Africa. It is renowned for its
      unique ecosystem, its lush flora and fauna, and the number of endemic
      species that live there (species found no where else in the world). It
      is home to rainforests, dry forests, and spiky deserts. And, needless
      to say, its fragile ecosystems are under assault by humans.
      Cole�s 90-slide presentation will fill us with the beauty of the
      birds, chameleons, frogs, insects, and lemurs of Madagascar, and will
      educate us about the challenges facing those species. He uses his
      search for the Red Owl as a metaphor to examine the impact of
      development, political strife, colonialism, ecotourism, and
      conservation on Madagascar. Stories from his four years in Africa,
      spent as both child and adult, help illustrate a tale that is, by
      turns, both humorous and tragic, and, ultimately, hopeful.
      Luke Cole is an environmental and civil rights attorney and the
      director of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment in San
      Francisco. He represents low-income communities fighting environmental
      hazards throughout the United States. He is also past chair of the
      California Bird Records Committee and is regional editor of North
      American Birds.
      Please join Peregrine Audubon for this vivid presentation on
      Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m., at Ukiah City Council Chambers, 300
      Seminary Ave., Ukiah (If you are from out of town, take 101 to the
      Perkins St. exit in Ukiah. Take Perkins west to State Street. Turn left
      on State, (you will now be heading south). After several blocks you
      will see Seminary Ave on your right. Take it to the end.

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