Zoom Program Meeting Tuesday Nov. 24: Ultimate Africa
Ram Papish will guide us on a tour of what he terms “the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world.” He will show us herds of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope stretching endlessly in every direction, and give us an opportunity to witness the eternal struggle between predator and prey on the expansive plains of Tanzania.
Looking beyond the megafauna, he’ll share photos of the wonderful and abundant birdlife of the African savannahs, wetlands and rainforests. And, as a bonus, his presentation will offer a window into the mysteries of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.
Wearing his science hat, Ram worked as a wildlife biologist studying birds and other wildlife, primarily in Alaska for more than 20 field seasons. Pivoting to his writing and artistic endeavors, he has also authored and illustrated two children’s books:
The Little Fox and The Little Seal, published by University of Alaska Press. His illustrations appear in many books and publications, including the Handbook of Oregon Birds, Northwest Birds in Winter, Oregon Birds, Afield, and Seabirds of Alaska.Ram regularly presents on science and nature topics at bird festivals, local bird clubs, and in public schools. He combines his background in art, science, and public speaking to engage and educate the public on environmental topics.
Ram grew up in Eugene and now lives in Toledo, Oregon, on six wooded acres with his fabulous wife (his words) Dawn Harris, eight bird feeders, eight nest boxes, 18 chickens, four rescued parrots, and one Chia pet. Since 2009 he has concentrated on pursuing a career as a wildlife scientist, writer, and illustrator.