Time: Refreshments at 7:30PM; program at 8:00PM


Cost: Free


Speaker: Doug Cheeseman


Topic: Papua New Guinea and Birds of Paradise



Gail and Doug Cheeseman, Stella's Lorikeets, and a Huli Wigman at a sing-sing


Description: Doug will present an energetic show discussing social behavior and other fascinating features of Papua New Guinea's (PNG) birds, nature, and people. PNG (an independent state) is replete with amazing geology that has resulted in "nationals" barely out of the stone age, trading with pigs and speaking over 850 languages. Over thirty species of birds of paradise from this region have evolved from a common ancestor, a crow. How could so many beautiful birds have evolved from a crow? Using personal images from his PNG trip this past July, plus wonderful contributions from fellow travelers and friends, Doug will explain the unique diversity of PNG and focus on action he observed while birding, attending sing-sings, and flying around the country. 


Doug and Gail Cheeseman have been mainly leading African wildlife safaris since 1978, when they established Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris. In 1998 Doug retired from many years of teaching zoology and ecology at De Anza College to photograph and lead wildlife safaris around the world full time, which he has now been doing for twenty years. Doug and Gail often go off the beaten track to remote places like New Guinea. This last trip was their third to PNG, the first was in 1985. Doug has been presenting Audubon programs for many years, but this will be his first Audubon presentation on New Guinea.