Speaker: Bill Mandel
Topic: Bird Conservation at the L.A. Zoo
Our February speaker is Bill Mandel, a docent to the Los Angeles Zoo for the last 26 years. He became interested in birds at age 10 and was especially interested in adaptations, behaviors, migration, and physics of avian flight. Bill graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in History, and with two minors in English and Political Science. He worked as a paralegal for 33 years and retired in 2010.
Bill took the Los Angeles Zoo Docent Training Program and has given walking tours to Zoo members since. He gives college level primate tours to students and does VIP cart tours for big donors. He is on the Docent Training Committee, Conservation Committee, teaches Aves part of Docent Training, Student Volunteer Training Program, and North Hollywood High School Magnet Program. Bill also helps write fact sheets and the Docent Notebook, and leads the Zoo’s quarterly early morning bird walks for members. He helps aviary keepers by doing food preparation each Thursday and has been a member of National Audubon since forever. Bill enjoys Audubon bird walks, especially in the Sepulveda Basin.