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