"Birds of Uganda" with Matthew Matthiessen
- Peregrine Audubon Presents
Matthew Matthiessen�s �Birds of Uganda�
by Kate Marianchild
Calling all lovers of African wildlife! Matthew Matthiessen, creator of
last year�s popular �Birds of Borneo� slideshow, will present �Birds of
Uganda� on Thursday, January 19 at the City Council Chambers in the
Ukiah Civic Center, 7 p.m. While Matthiessen�s primary interest is
birds, he couldn�t resist photographing lots of other animals on last
August�s trip, including Mountain Gorillas, lions, giraffes, zebras,
waterbuck, buffalo, hippos, monkeys, warthogs, and many more. If
Matthiessen's previous shows are any indication, this 250-slide
presentation is likely to be snappy, entertaining, and rich in
gorgeous, high-quality images. Peregrine Audubon welcomes everyone to
this horizon-expanding adventure. Please see directions below.
Three highlights of Matthiessen�s trip to Uganda in August of 2005 were
the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where he saw a family of mountain
gorillas; the Nile River, with its numerous birds and the famous
Murchison Falls; and the 10-12,000 foot volcanoes that dot the
landscape of the extreme southern part of Uganda. He spent most of his
time in a region called the Albertine Rift, an area 500 miles long and
100 miles wide characterized by grasslands and volcanoes. Most of the
endemic birds he saw on his trip were in the Albertine Rift.
(�Endemic� refers to species not found anywhere else in the world).
We will view images of birds that few people in the world have ever
seen, such as the Green-breasted Pitta and the Brauer�s Broadbill.
These birds are secretive and have very restricted ranges, but by
virtue of educated and persistent searching, with a bit of luck thrown
in, Matthiessen was able to find and photograph them. His favorite bird
on the trip was the African Shoebill, an elusive stork whose bill is
shaped like a shoe. Sunbirds, Bee-Eaters, Weavers, and Cisticolas are
but a few of the other species that will round out this colorful
presentation. Come take a break from the winter cold and rain and warm
yourself with the sights, and possibly sounds, of Africa!
To get to the Ukiah Civic Center take Perkins Street west to State
Street (second light). Go left on State and right on Seminary Ave to
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