The Paskamansett Bird Club’s monthly meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, at the Community Hall of Friends Meeting, 739 Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth. John Van de Graaff will speak about his trips to the Galapagos Islands, an area which has been almost entirely preserved for its unique wildlife.
Mr. Van de Graff’’s photos from the Galapagos Islands have been shown in many galleries, and he has used them in presentations to audiences interested in nature and natural history. The upcoming presentation brings images from three trips to the Galapagos, presenting the islands’ extraordinary wildlife and landscapes. Shown are sea lions, giant tortoises and other reptiles (sea turtles and both marine and land iguanas), and birds such as Darwin’s finches, boobies, frigatebirds, albatrosses, penguins and flightless cormorants. The archipelago’s recent volcanic origins and fascinating geology are evident everywhere; habitats range widely, from beaches and scrub to lava fields and near-tropical areas.
A native of Boston, John Van de Graaff has been photographing birds intensively since 2001 and enjoys traveling to do so. He moved from New York City to Northampton in 2003 with his wife Marylee Bomboy. He has given presentations to numerous birding and photography groups, including most major bird clubs in Massachusetts. The Burnett Gallery in Amherst hosted an exhibition of his bird photos in 2007, and he has exhibited at other venues in the region. He has photographed extensively on the Massachusetts coast (especially Allens Pond), capturing images that have been used by Mass Audubon to support its programs. John’s website is e www.birdsbyjohn.com. A page of Galápagos images is at birdsbyjohn.com/Galapagos/.
The meeting is free, open to the public and fully accessible.