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October Membership Meeting: Sunda – A Land of Birds, Beasts and Dragons
Tuesday 03 October 2017, 07:30pm
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Location: Niles Discovery Church; 36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536 (corner of Nursery Ave. and Niles Blvd.)
Presenter: Bob Lewis

One of our popular speakers, Bob Lewis, is back for our October meeting! His topic is Sunda - A Land of Birds, Beasts and Dragons.

20,000 years ago the lands which make up Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore were all interconnected in the area geologists call Sunda.  As glaciers melted and the sea level rose, islands like Borneo, Bali and Komodo were separated from the mainland of Asia, where the Malaysian peninsula is today.  Alfred Russel Wallace explored this area in the 19th century when he independently developed the concept of evolution by natural selection made famous by Darwin.  While reviewing many of the avian families of the area, Bob will touch on some of the other forest creatures of the area, the importance of islands to evolution, and the impact of the palm oil industry to tropical forests.

Bob trained as a chemist and worked for Chevron for 33 years.  He’s taught birding classes in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years, and is the past chair of Golden Gate Audubon’s Adult Education Committee.   His life list is over 4700, and he loves to travel.  He’s an award-winning photographer, focusing on birds, and will be returning from Colombia just before giving this presentation.  In 2016, Bob was honored with American Birding Association’s Chandler Robbins Award for Education and Conservation .

From the South or West via 880, Take Mowry Avenue exit. Follow Mowry across Fremont (toward the hills) to Mission Boulevard, turn left. You will pass Niles Blvd and the Sullivan Underpass. Turn left at Nursery Ave. Turn left on Niles Blvd. You will see the church just on the left after the turn.
From the North via 880
Take Alvarado Niles Boulevard (east): From the freeway exit, turn left to go over the overpass, then in approximately four miles (through Union City and into the Fremont city limits), you will see the church on your left (just after Nursery Ave.).
From Pleasanton or Livermore, or other points to the east of the hills , you can take 680 to the first Mission Boulevard exit, and turn right onto Mission. Stay on Mission until you get to Nursery Avenue, and turn left. Turn left on Niles Blvd. You will see the church just on the left after the turn.
From the North via Mission Boulevard
Turn right on Nursery, and left on Niles Boulevard. You will see the church just on the left after the turn.

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