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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Grizzly Bears & Humpback Whales
All In The Same Night

with Lynne and Jim Edwards
Monday, May 3, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Lynne and Jim Edwards Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk with Grizzly Bears (aka Brown Bears) or swim with Humpback Whales? Well, if you would like to learn what this is like, you may want to join Lynne and Jim Edwards at the Gualala Arts Center on May 3, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

The first part of the program will be exploring two different places in Katmai, Alaska - Brooks Falls and Kinak Bay. Jim and Lynne will share their story of watching and walking within a few feet of grizzly bears and their cubs in both of these locations through their photographic and video combined DVD.

Grizzly Bear It is amazing to watch a 400+ pound brown bear hang on the edge of a waterfall waiting patiently for a salmon to jump out of the water and into its mouth or run down a river bed at a very fast pace after a salmon.

The photographic/video DVD will reflect the agility and speed of these animals and also relay the softer and gentler protective side of the mothers towards their cubs.

The second half of the program will journey south off the coast of the Dominican Republic in a 600 square mile reserve called the Silver Bank. This is a place that the Atlantic Coast humpback whales travel to in January and spend up to 3 months with their new born calves before the long trip back to Nova Scotia.

The females have recently given birth and will spend these 3 months in warmer water nursing their calves before they head north. Many of the females will have a male "escort" close by that will continue to travel with mom and calf until the female comes into estrus again.

Humpback Whale The Silver Bank is only one of two places in the world where it is legal and safe to be in the water "soft water snorkeling" with these grey beauties. The photographic/video DVD will allow you to feel like you are swimming with these beautiful and gentle 25 ton whales. Jim and Lynne travel to many places, but have said that this experience "was like no other" they have ever had.

Lynne and Jim lived at Sea Ranch for several years and ran a small business in Gualala for most of that time, and moved to Bellingham, Washington in 2007. They return to the Sonoma coast several times each year to visit their friends. The Edwards travel extensively to fulfill their passion for wildlife and photography. Lynne's goal in her photography is to capture the "raw moment" of nature - the good and the not so good - the beautiful and sometimes gruesome (but necessary) behavior of any animal.

Please join us for this exciting travel adventure and experience two of nature's most incredible and beautiful creatures.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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