My African Safari to Botswana and Victoria Falls
that turned into a Birding Safari
presented by Laura Katzman
Guest speaker Laura Katzman will share her African experience traveling to the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the Victoria Falls area of Zimbabwe at the Monday, March 9 Flathead Audubon meeting from 7-9 PM at the Gateway West Meeting Room in Kalispell. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Laura will talk about the colorful and unique birds seen on her trip. In addition, she will tell stories of her adventures with lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras and other animals encountered in her travels. Even though she did not travel to Africa specifically to bird, she was amazed by the 120 species of birds she did see.
Laura has been working for the last 10 years as a Land Protection Specialist for the Flathead Land Trust. She earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Master’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University. Prior to her work with Flathead Land Trust, she worked as a fisheries biologist. Laura has always loved birds and has volunteered on many bird surveys throughout her career. She has focused her work on conserving bird habitat as evidenced by a successful campaign to preserve sandhill crane habitat in the West Valley. Recently, she began a bird education program with 7th graders in cooperation with Flathead Audubon. She loves hiking, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, skiing, photography and of course, watching birds and wildlife.