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Birds Of Cuba Featured In Audubon Program

OAKHURST – Matthew Matthiessen of Mariposa, an engaging storyteller and extraordinary wildlife photographer, will provide another delightful evening of fun, adventure and entertainment at the March program of the Yosemite Area Audubon Society. Matthiessen will present a slide show, “The Birds of Cuba,” featuring many rare and eye-catching species, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 12, at the Oakhurst Methodist ...

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Audubon Society Presents "Green Fire"

MARIPOSA – The Yosemite Area Audubon Society (YAAS) and Melissa Odell, partner biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Mariposa, will host a screening of the Emmy Award-winning feature-length documentary Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, on Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall in downtown ...

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Audubon Program Will Feature Birds and Climate Change Study

YOSEMITE- What would our world be like without birds? Not only do they delight our eyes and ears, but they are integral to this planet’s environmental health and sustainability. Their diversity astounds the human imagination and tickles our sensibilities. Their ability to fly symbolizes freedom to us, and their behaviors and interactions fascinate us. One doesn’t have to be an ...

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Audubon Program Features Birds And Climate Change Study

What would our world be like without birds? Not only do they delight our eyes and ears, but they are integral to this planet’s environmental health and sustainability. Their diversity astounds the human imagination and tickles our sensibilities. Their ability to fly symbolizes freedom to us, and their behaviors and interactions fascinate us. One doesn’t have to be an avid ...

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Yosemite Area Audubon Society Birds of Peru

MARIPOSA – The Yosemite Area Audubon Society invites foothill residents and visitors to enjoy an evening of fun, adventure and entertainment with Matthew Matthiessen, a captivating storyteller and world-class photographer. Matthiessen will be hosting a stunning slide presentation on the birds of Peru. This program is a visual treat featuring many rare and colorful species, and will be presented at ...

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Audubon Society Hosts Local Author

MARIPOSA – The Yosemite Area Audubon Society (YAAS) is pleased to inaugurate its 2014-15 program season with a presentation by noted Yosemite author and naturalist Michael Elsohn Ross in Mariposa on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Ross will tell the stories of 5 of the 24 women he profiled in his newest book for young adults, “A World of ...

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May Audubon Program To Showcase Ethiopian Birds

OAKHURST – Foothill residents who attended Matthew Matthiessen’s presentation on “Birds and Birding in Brazil” in Mariposa in December marveled at his captivating images of some of that country’s diverse birdlife. Known for his engaging manner, stunning photos and impressive command of his subject, Matthiessen will offer another visual treat at the May Yosemite Area Audubon Society (YAAS) program in ...

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Audubon Presents Wings Of The Rocky Mountains

Contributed by Len McKenzie MARIPOSA – Birds of prey, or raptors, are among the most charismatic of animals, evoking a sense of awe, excitement and respect for their vital role as predators in the food web. Admired for their grace, strength, speed and hunting prowess, hawks and owls range widely across North America. Most of the Sierra Nevada and Central ...

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Audubon Program Features New Sierra Nevada Bird Book

OAKHURST – The Sierra Nevada draws visitors for many reasons – its unparalleled scenery, geological features, flora and fauna, wilderness and cultural attributes, and superb recreational opportunities. Birders are drawn for reasons rooted in each of those values. Among the tools birders use to enjoy and find meaning in the pursuit of their passion are field guides and other publications ...

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Audubon Program Features UCM Natural Reserve

MARIPOSA – The University of California at Merced now boasts a newly designated natural reserve. Last month the UC Board of Regents approved the formal addition of UC Merced’s Vernal Pool and Grassland Reserve to the university’s Natural Reserve System. At 756,000 acres, it is the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. The new UCM reserve, one of 39 ...

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