East Africa is a destination for serious adventurers, renowned for its concentrations of wild animals, such as the "big five": elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and black rhinoceros. Birders consider the area a paradise; there are 518 bird species alone in Serengeti National Park. On Tuesday February 21, 2012 at 7PM in the Ukiah Civic Center, join the Peregrine Audubon Society to hear Dr. Ed Harper tell us what it is like to have an elephant reach through the window and almost touch him. Image how it feels to be sitting a foot below a cheetah that has decided to use the roof of your vehicle as a lookout for its next meal or the relief of out-running an elephant even though you have done it with a jeep!
Ed Harper is a retired mathematics professor from American River College in Sacramento. His interest in birds began during his early childhood while growing up in Montana. An excellent birder and photographer, he has traveled to every continent. He has photographed over 750 species of birds in North America alone. His exquisite photographs have appeared in many books and publications and record the wildlife and stunning geography of East Africa. This is the area now comprising the countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and has inspired authors; Hemingway, Ruark and Roosevelt and the films Out of Africa and Hatari.
An annual speaker at California's Central Valley Birding Symposium, his lively and informative talks are in high demand from many birding festivals and community groups. Harper has been leading birding tours since 1980. Presently he leads many tours with his wife Susan through their company, Sandpiper Journeys that specializes in small groups with some of their favorite destinations being in East Africa.
This Peregrine Audubon sponsored presentation is free to the public, though donations will be welcome. The Ukiah Civic Center is located at 300 Seminary Ave. To join Peregrine Audubon Society and receive a newsletter with regular announcements about programs and field trips, please send $20 to PAS, P.O. Box 311, Ukiah, CA 95482.