General Membership Meeting Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:00PM Old City Hall, Whatcom Museum
with Lynne Givler and Keith Carpenter
From the Andes to Antarctica: Exploring the Scotia Arc
The Scotia Arc is a narrow chain of islands in the Southern Ocean linking the southernmost Andes and the Antarctic Peninsula. Join Audubon members Lynne Givler and Keith Carpenter as they share their experience exploring this remarkable region aboard Quark Expedition’s Sea Spirit. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and venture onward to the South Sandwich Islands, perhaps one of the least visited areas on the planet. Circling back towards the Antarctic Peninsula come ashore at Elephant Island where 22 members of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition survived for 135 days. And finally step foot on the southernmost continent itself. See photos ranging from penguins to icebergs and old whaling stations to southern right whales selected from the hundreds posted by all of the travelers on the ship.
Lynne Givler’s passion for natural history began peering into tidepools while pursuing a degree in marine sciences. Only later, working as a marine naturalist, did it strike her that marine birds were just as captivating as marine invertebrates. Keith Carpenter’s fascination with the sea led him from surfing in sunny California to salmon fishing in Alaska. Today he remains in cold water, active in the local reefnet salmon fishery.