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JVAS SPRING BANQUET with Birds of New Guinea & 50th Anniversary Celebration


Tue Apr 16, 2019    
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


417 Parkview Lane, Altoona, PA, 16601

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We will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of JVAS by honoring past officers and leaders, so come early for the special reception from 5 – 6 pm. A buffet dinner will be held at 6 pm, followed by a program by Andrew Mack.

Menu: salad and rolls, chicken, vegetables, baked potatoes, Jethro fries, gnocchi and meatballs. Non-alcoholic beverages included; alcoholic drinks extra. Most options are gluten-free.

The Buffet is $20 per person. Mark your calendar – reserve by Monday, April 8. Make check payable to JVAS and mail to Laura Jackson, 8621 Black Valley Road, Everett, PA 15537 by Monday, April 8, or pay at the March 19 meeting.

The Birds of New Guinea and Conservation Lessons for Everyone presented by Andrew Mack

Andrew Mack lived and studied in Papua New Guinea (PNG) most of 1987-2007.  Last spring, we heard him give a fascinating account of his research on cassowaries. This year, Andrew will present an overview of the birds of New Guinea, with particular attention to endemic specialties like Birds of Paradise, Bowerbirds, Berrypeckers, Cassowaries, etc.  He will talk about the scientific lessons learned from New Guinea and biologists who have worked there, from Alfred Russel Wallace to Ernst Mayr to E.O Wilson.  Andrew will share conservation lessons he learned from working with the endemic birds and indigenous people whose cultures are intertwined with the natural world.

There will also be a silent auction throughout the evening. Nature-related items that are new or gently used will be available for bid. Bring your donations to the March 19 meeting or bring them to the Banquet.