DEEP: Naugatuck Valley Audubon, Audubon CT and DEEP Presents Under South African Skies

January 8, 2013
 
Naugatuck Valley Audubon, Audubon CT and DEEP Presents Under South African Skies
 
Naugatuck Valley Audubon, Audubon CT and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will host a program entitled Under South African Skies on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.
 
Gina Nichol will give a presentation that chronicles a journey from the Cape Peninsula to Kruger National Park.  The presentation will include vivid photos of birds, animals and stunning landscapes.  Gina will describe what it is like to travel in this varied and sometimes distinctly un-African country.
 
The southern tip of Africa is one of the greatest biodiversity hotspots in the world and attracts birders, botanists, and mammal enthusiasts from around the globe. Harboring a multitude of endemic birds, the classic African mammals, and a rich and unique botanical heritage, the multi-ethnic nation of South Africa stands out as a wonderful destination for nature enthusiasts.
 
The Cape Peninsula, often called the "Jewel of South Africa, offers spectacular, rugged scenery that is home to penguins, ostriches, several types of antelope, and unique "fynbos" vegetation. Further into the interior of the country, the world renowned Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and is home to lions, leopards, elephants, and giraffes and more than 500 species of birds.
 
Gina Nichol is the founder of Sunrise Birding, a company that offers small group and private bird watching tours and wildlife safaris worldwide. Gina received her B.S. in Environmental Education from Cornell University and her M.A. in Educational Technology from Fairfield University. She began her career as a Naturalist at the Rye Nature Center in Rye, New York. In 1987, Gina became Program Director for the National Audubon Society in Greenwich, Connecticut. Gina's avid interest in wildlife biology led her to the Yellowstone Institute in Wyoming where she studied animal behavior as well as methods for tracking animal movements. She also worked on a research project on the Isle of Skye in Scotland where she investigated habitat requirements of Eurasian otters. In addition, she participated in an Earthwatch study of mountain lions in the Jim Sage Mountains in Idaho.
 
A donation of $4.00/ adult and $2.00/student or child is requested.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.  For further information, directions, or to register, please phone Kellogg Environmental Center (203) 734-2513 or contact Dennis Kocyla (203) 734-9325 or dennisk32@yahoo.com