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The Reverse Bucket List: How I Learned to Love Alligator Farms

Spoonbill adult with grown chicks on nextIn Florida, roadside attractions can be surprisingly great places to enjoy birds. This program explores unexpected locations for experiencing Florida’s fabulous bird life where you might not think to look for them.

Ram Papish is a professional wildlife enthusiast whose varied career includes tour guide, biologist, educator, author, photographer, and wildlife artist.

HeronsFor 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 History of Oregon Ornithology, As the Condor Soars: Conserving Oregon’s Birds, Handbook of Oregon Birds, Northwest Birds in Winter, Oregon Birds, 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 on environmental topics.

Ram PapishFor fun, Ram appears regularly onstage as an active member of his local theater community. An avid traveler, Ram has a passion for observing and photographing wildlife worldwide.

Ram lives in Toledo, Oregon, with his fabulous wife, on a stream-side property that features eight bird feeders, eight parrots, 28 nest boxes, 18 chickens, 800 rhododendrons, and one chia pet. His major achievements include winning second runner-up in the 2009 Aleutian Beard and Mustache Contest.

The meeting will be at 7:00pm at the Campbell Center, 155 High St., Eugene. For map and directions click here.