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General Meeting — Speaker, Jess Morton
October 24, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Chucantí: One man’s quest to save a cloud forest.
Jess Morton’s program about Chucantí is the result of two trips to Panama birding with Guido Berguido. Guido is not only an exceptional birding guide, he is also a dedicated conservation leader. His goal is to preserve a remote cloud forest, first through habitat preservation and research, and then to have it become a 50,000-acre national park. This is the story of all he has accomplished to date.
Our speaker is a naturalist who has been observing, writing about and photographing flora and fauna since the early 1970s. His interests center on native species, particularly those associated with coastal sage scrub, our predominant native habitat. Birds, butterflies and spiders have absorbed most of his attention, but a knowledge of plants and other animals has been essential to their understanding.
Jess was founding president of Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon and is now its treasurer. He served six years as a National Audubon board member. He is treasurer of the Endangered Habitats League and its associated Endangered Habitats Conservancy, both of which he helped to establish.
Directions: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, 91356 at the Southwest corner of Oxnard and Etiwanda (1/4 mile east of Reseda Blvd.) If you use navigation on your car, computer or phone, enter the address — 118312 Oxnard — not the description of the location (“San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center”). It is recommended you enter the parking area in the rear from the alley off Etiwanda – go left into the parking area. Please do not park near the roll-up doors of the businesses adjoining or across from the Center.