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Burroughs Audubon (Kansas City) extends an invitation to our Thursday,
December 7 holiday pot luck meeting at 7 p.m. in the Anita B.Gorman 
Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110. 
Phone: 816/759-7300

From the Black Oystercatcher to Black Gold:
Challenges and Opportunities in Alaska

Alaska is the largest of our states, encompassing more than 600,000 sq.
miles of rugged mountains, grinding glaciers, endless tundra, diverse
temperate rainforest, and winding coast lines. From the Spectacled Eider and
Yellow-billed Loon found in America's Arctic to the Black Oystercatcher and
the Marbled Godwit found on the southern coastline, Alaska's birdlife
diversity is astounding.  Alaska also has an abundance of other iconic
wildlife species including grizzlies, caribou, Bald Eagles, humpback whales
and wolves, many of which are endangered elsewhere. The current
administration and some members of congress have advocated vastly
accelerating the extraction of oil, gas, and mineral deposits in this
important ecological area. Audubon seeks a balance between resource
extraction and protecting internationally critical habitat.

Taldi Walter joined the National Audubon Society's Washington DC Policy
Office as the Alaska Field Coordinator, after the recent completion of her
Masters degree in Biology (invasive species).  Taldi will present an
informative slideshow showcasing some of the important natural areas and
brilliant birds found in wild Alaska. The presentation will explore some of
Alaska's natural treasures set aside decades ago for the benefit of wildlife
and the American public. She will highlight the imminent and compelling
challenges and opportunities facing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,
Tongass National Forest, Chugach National Forest, and National Petroleum
Reserve-Alaska.

Ms. Walter may be coming directly from Connecticut the 4th and will be 
available for travel
to other chapters and for meetings with legislators on this issue. Please
contact me for more information.

Jill DeWitt (816) 333-3293
Kansas City, MO

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