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Gualala Arts will kick off the 2010 Whale and Jazz Festival with a lecture extraordinaire by Doug Thompson from The SummerTree Institute, a non-profit organization that provides expeditions and natural history experiences.
Doug Thompson is an accomplished writer, ecologist, internationally recognized naturalist, expedition leader, lecturer, award-winning filmmaker, photo-journalist and above all, a man at peace with the planet - dedicated to keeping our Earth the best it can be. Doug's refreshing viewpoint and inspiring lectures are welcomed time and again by universities, corporations, world-class resorts and retreats.
Doug has organized and led over one hundred long-range natural history expeditions, from Mexico to New Zealand, hosting some of the world's most influential leaders and decision makers. As a marine naturalist, he has enjoyed worldwide credibility as a leader in experiential research with whales, dolphins, and other marine life.
Doug has developed hundreds of hours of natural history programming with national award-winning producers and celebrities including Shari Lewis and the National Emmy-winning James Deckard. A $5 admission charge will be collected at the door; the lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
" ... environmentalist extraordinaire."
" ... exceptionally knowledgeable and motivating speaker."
" ... Doug Thompson not only has superb documentary footage of wildlife, but he also provides outstanding narration."
" ... Ecologist Supreme, credentialed naturalist, writer, award-winning documentary film-maker, photojournalist, lecturer, hot storyteller... above all, a man at peace with the planet."
Doug Thompson has led expeditions into Mexico with the now "friendly whales of San Ignacio Lagoon" for over twenty-five years and was one of the pioneers of close encounters with whales. These five-day expeditions remain one of the most successful examples of eco-tourism where the local people and the whales both benefit from our efforts.
The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,