October Membership Meeting

Rafting the March Fork of the Canning River

Presented by photographer Dan Streiffert

Thursday, Oct 17, 7 p.m.
Olin Hall, Room 129 on the Whitman College Campus

Join us for a 12-day wilderness birding adventure along the western boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Called “America’s Serengeti” for its tremendous biological productivity and diversity, the coastal plain is one of the most intact and untouched ecosystems in America. The refuge is home to 42 mammal species, including more than 120,000 head of caribou; 36 species of fish, and over 160 species of birds. Many of these birds migrate to and from all fifty states and from six continents to feed and reproduce, taking full advantage of the burst of biological growth which blossoms here in the long days of the Arctic summer.

Beginning on the scenic Marsh Fork, we descend through the rugged mountains of the Brooks Range, northeast to the confluence with the main stem of the Canning River. Wildlife photographer Dan Streiffert lets you experience this trip through his camera with photos of the journey. Our guide, “Burly” Bob Dittrick (www.wildernessbirding.com) has led trips for President Jimmy Carter and photographer Art Wolfe.

Dan Streiffert is a retired Power Systems Engineer that now spends his time photographing wildlife and volunteering with both the Sierra Club and Audubon. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y. and his dad worked for Eastman Kodak.

Marsh Fork Canning River Trip-courtesy Dan Streiffert

Dan Streiffert

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