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Upcoming Eastern Sierra Audubon Programs

When: Now on the FIRST Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted) of October, December, February, and April; 7:00 PM (see Events Calendar) and sometimes additional months.
Where: White Mountain Research Center, Owens Valley Station (4 mi. East of Bishop on East Line St., see Map) UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED

Evening programs will be preceded by (1) announcements of interest to the membership, and (2) sharing of recent bird sightings and other news on the local natural history scene. Check local news media for possible changes. Everyone is welcome to attend!

CANCELLED JULY Program: Birds of Brazil: Brazilian state of Mato Grosso

Unfortunately, we've had to cancel this program as we've had a hard time making it work for this summer - we hope to have Matthew back again someday when he is available. Our next program will be in September - check back for details.

Specific Date and Venue TBA - check back!

Brazil conjures up many images among Americans—Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon, tropical rainforests and abundant, exotic animals—especially its stunningly colorful birds.

The largest country in South America, Brazil is home to a hugely rich diversity of avifauna—more than 1,800 species of birds, more than 200 of them endemic (found only there). Sixty percent of the birds native to South America occur in Brazil.

Lettered Aracari, Chapada, Brazil - Photo by Matthew Matthiessen

Lettered Aracari, Chapada, Brazil - Photo by Matthew Matthiessen

Matthew Matthiessen visited the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso in October 2011, birding from the Amazonian rainforest in the north to the extensive wetlands of the Pantanal in the south. This area harbors some of the most sought-after, beautiful birds in the world, including the Harpy Eagle, the Hyacinth Macaw and the Agami Heron.

In July (Date and Venue TBA), Matthiessen will share some of his Brazilian fun-and-adventure experiences in a slide presentation, “Birds and Birding in Brazil.” His talk features many of his superb photographs, not only of Brazil's eye-popping birds, but also some of the region's non-avian wildlife, including its impressive mammals.

Matthiessen began birding while growing up in Thailand, developing a lifelong love for international birding. An extraordinary birder and bird photographer, he has pursued his birding passion in many countries throughout the world and captured hundreds of images through his camera lens.

His adventures have also produced some memorable, heart-pounding experiences. He has lived through two bloody coups—one, in Thailand, successful, and the other, in Zambia, not. He has been charged by an elephant, stalked by a lion and threatened by a crocodile. He has kissed a cobra, push-started a Jeep amidst a lion pride, had the spotlight die while next to a leopard, captured a 14-foot python and almost tripped over a sleeping silverback gorilla. Matthiessen will no doubt share some of his unusual experiences in his presentation.

Please check back to this page and watch for our monthly email update to get the date and venue for this sure to be fascinating program!

For more information contact Jenny Richardson (email or call 760-920-8541. Also, check back for updates to the list of future speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

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Future Programs (schedule subject to change):

  • Late September (Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 25th; venue TBA): Book Event with Marie Read, author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin. Marie will speak about her new book and Spellbinder Books of Bishop will have books available for purchase (and signing) at the program.
  • October (date and venueTBA): Leila Harris will present a Halloween-themed program on bat research and natural history.

Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

If you have any questions or are interested in presenting a program, please contact our programs coordinator at:; 760-920-8541.

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