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Birds of Uganda Friday night, 7 p.m., Ukiah Civic Center.

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  • Kate Marianchild
    Birds of Uganda Benefit tomorrow night, 7 p.m., Ukiah Civic Center. The newspaper coverage left a little to be desired, as the article was a bit buried in the
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      Birds of Uganda Benefit tomorrow night, 7 p.m., Ukiah Civic Center. The
      newspaper coverage left a little to be desired, as the article was a
      bit buried in the newspaper, so we'd appreciate anything you can do to
      spread the word. Please pass the article along by email to anyone you
      might have forgotten. (Directions are at end of article).
      Thanks! Kate

      �Birds of Uganda� Slideshow Flies Again!
      Benefit for Peregrine Audubon Society

      by Kate Marianchild

      On a rainy evening in January 130 people explored the Albertine Rift,
      hiked the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and boated down the Nile River
      with Matthew Matthiessen, creator of the slideshow �Birds of Uganda.�
      We saw dozens, or was it hundreds, of birds of truly unbelievable
      colors and shapes. Elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, warthogs,
      waterbuck, and monkeys flashed across the screen as Matthiessen awed us
      with over 250 sharp, high-quality photographs. His snappy commentary,
      which was always informative and often funny, was delivered entirely
      without benefit of notes and included the African names of an entire
      family of Mountain Gorillas. After the performance audience members
      were overheard telling Matthiessen he should deliver this show all
      across the country�it�s that good.

      If you missed �Birds of Uganda,� or if you wish to see it again, you�re
      in luck. Matthiessen is generously repeating his performance on Friday,
      March 31, 7 p.m. at the Ukiah Civic Center as a benefit for Peregrine
      Audubon Society. Come early as the presentation is likely to sell out.
      Matthiessen's "Birds of Borneo" benefit last year played to a standing
      room only crowd. The suggested donation is $7, with children under 12
      admitted free of charge. No one will be turned away if they are unable
      to meet this donation. (Directions below).

      Matthiessen spent most of his time in the Albertine Rift looking for
      birds rarely seen by humans, such as the Green-breasted Pitta and the
      Grauer�s Broadbill. He searched the Nile River for the African
      Shoebill, an elusive stork with a huge bill shaped like a shoe. While
      seeking his "top five" he found and photographed numerous exotic birds,
      including many species of Sunbirds, Bee-Eaters, Weavers, and
      Cisticolas. Come find out if he found his top five on Friday, March 31!
      And in the process support the educational and conservation work of
      Peregrine Audubon Society.

      The Ukiah Civic Center is at 300 Seminary Avenue. From 101 take Perkins
      Street west to State Street (second light). Go left on State Street.
      Seminary Avenue will be the fourth street on the right. Take it to the
      end.




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