Program Meeting, Tuesday, November 27 -- Bogoslof: The Island of Fire and Ice
Ram Papish will explore changes in Bogoslof, a very actively volcanic Alaskan island north of the Aleutian Island chain in the Bering Sea ecosystem. Ram will present data on seabirds and seals from Bogoslof Island and the Pribilof Islands. The colonies are going in opposite directions. Wildlife thrives on Bogoslof, even as the same species decline over most of the Bering Sea. The presentation will include photographs from both islands as well as scientific information about the area’s wildlife. He has spent about 10 summers on Alaskan Islands assisting in seabird and seal research, and will share stories about camp life in these remote, seldom-visited areas. Other research locales in his past have included French Frigate Shoals, Laguna Atascosa NWR, Panama, Hawaii, and several more.
For over 20 field seasons, Ram worked as a wildlife biologist studying birds and other wildlife, primarily in Alaska. He 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, Dawn Harris, eight bird feeders, eight nest boxes, eighteen chickens, four rescued parrots, and one Chia pet. Since 2009 he has concentrated on pursuing a career as a wildlife illustrator.