If you’re longing for a winter getaway to someplace warm or exotic but it just isn’t in the cards, the Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society can provide an alternative: a vicarious adventure.
The Friends have lined up another series of Travel Adventures presentations over the next few months, starting Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. with “Spectacular Birds of Australia & New Zealand” with Lyndon Penner. That will be followed Jan. 31 by “Exploring Brazil’s Pantanal & Iguazu National Park,” with Joanna Fraser, from 2-3 p.m.
Travel Adventures is an ongoing series presented by the Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society in which local world travellers share their adventures with the help of photographs to help others discover the plants, animals and people of distant places.
The presentations will take place at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre in Indian Battle Park.
Having lived and travelled in Australia and New Zealand, Penner will provide a colourful, lively presentation about some of these countries’ most spectacular and wonderful birds.
The Pantanal, a UNESCO World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve, is the largest floodable plain on the planet and home to more than 625 birds. Fraser, a seasoned adventure traveller, will show highlights of what series organizers call “this wonderful ‘off the beaten path’ area” from her visit in November 2019. She will also show Iguazu Falls from her trip to this spectacle of 275 falls during the rainy season in November 2015.
The Travel Adventures series is open to everyone and admission is by donation, with all funds raised going to support the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and nature interpretation in Lethbridge.
Because organizers anticipate Travel Adventures to be another busy event, they are offering reserved seating for a $10 donation to their mission. Seats can be reserved online at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/friends-of-the-helen-schuler-nature-centre-society/events/pantanal/.
The third feature in the 2020 Travel Adventures series takes place Friday, Feb. 28 from 2-3 p.m., featuring “A Taste of South America” with Carol Leriger and Rick Andrews.
The public is invited to join Carol and Rick as they take spectators along on a recent adventure to the Peruvian cities of Lima and Cusco before continuing on through the Inca Sacred Valley to the archeological sites of Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. From there, ascend with them into the Andes Mountains to the 15th-century Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. The adventure will conclude with a visit to the amazing Iguazu Falls straddling the borders of Argentina and Brazil.
Part four of Travel Adventures is scheduled for Friday, March 27 from 2-3 p.m., featuring “Birds in Our World” with Chris Fisher. Everyone is invited to join Fisher, the best-selling “Birds of Alberta” author and popular keynote speaker, for a worldwide journey for birds and for meaning. For more than five years, Chris worked as lecturer on ships in which he explored every continent and over 160 ports around the world.
The series will include “Kootenay Plains” with Derry Armstrong and Jessica Deacon-Rogers on Friday April 24, at 2 p.m. Shielded within the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains, this unique grassland and forest mosaic is home to many species of rare plants, provides important habitat for wildlife and has been a culturally significant area for thousands of years.
For more information about the Friends of Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society, to make a donation, or to purchase your annual membership, visit http://www.NatureCentre.ca.