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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Volunteering with Earthwatch

with Marvin and Linda Talso, Richard Skidmore
Monday, October 12, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Brown Hyena (South Africa) - photo by the Talsos Learn first hand what it is like to volunteer for the most important task of protecting our planet from those who have participated in the work. The speakers will share their experiences and photos from recent research expeditions sponsored by Earthwatch.

It is an organization dedicated for nearly 40 years to protecting our planet by bringing together a community of scientists, corporate and non-profit partners, teachers, students and everyday citizens such as the speakers for this event.

Marvin and Linda Talso, natives of Redwood Valley, taught for thirty years in the Ukiah Unified School District and have participated in a number of Earthwatch expeditions in Kenya, South Africa, the Amazon and Nova Scotia. They will focus their remarks on the South African trip, where they conducted research on the endangered brown hyena, and on their Amazon expedition on the Yavari River bordering Peru and Brazil.

After a twenty-year career in human resources, Richard Skidmore retired to the Mendonoma coast in 2005. He has been an Earthwatch volunteer since 1990, when he first participated in a humpback whale expedition in Mexico. Most recently he has participated in research expeditions on dusky dolphins in New Zealand, leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica, and Amazon wildlife surveys in Peru's Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.

Those attending this informative presentation can find out what they can do to change the world and to grow as individuals. Admission is $5.

Red-faced Monkey Watching Washing (Iquitos, Peru) - photo by Richard Skidmore Earthwatch Team Evacuates a Leatherback Turtle Nest (Playa Grande, Costa Rica) - photo by Richard Skidmore

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