India: Exotic Creatures and Captivating Culture--Program Meeting Tues. Nov. 26, 7:30p
With Ram Papish and Dawn Harris
Fom the heights of the snow-capped Himalayas to the steamy marshes of Rajasthan, India’s exotic birds and captivating wildlife live side-by-side with a large and diverse human population. Come and see breathtaking images of the exotic birds and mammals of India presented by Ram Papish and Dawn Harris.
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.
Dawn Harris has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 20 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Oregon State University. For the past 18 years, she has served as the manager of the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex’s visitor services program. Her interests include international travel, gardening, chicken keeping, birding, parrot rescue, and watching her husband perform theatrical acts.
Ram grew up in Eugene and now lives in Toledo, Oregon, on six wooded acres with his fabulous (Ram’s adjective) 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.