UPDATE (3/18/20): Due to the Cornonavirus pandemic, we have been forced to cancel our annual banquet. Please follow this website for updates. If you’ve already signed up, Laura Jackson will be returning your registration fee shortly.
JVAS Spring Banquet & Silent Auction
“A Pictorial Tour of South African Fauna: Critically Endangered and Hanging on by Claw and Talon”
presented by Don Bryant
There are 23 species of vultures, sixteen of which occur in the Old World. Twelve species occur in Africa, and eight of these are at eminent risk of extinction! Collectively, vultures are worth billions of dollars for their clean-up activities and for the protection they provide to humans against deadly diseases. This presentation will be a pictorial survey of vultures, eagles, and animals of southern Africa. Don will show photos of all the African Vultures and discuss the threats they are enduring. Don will also show photos of critically endangered eagles, as well as selected other birds of prey, and will finish off with some photos of charismatic megafauna—many of which are also threatened. Humans account for nearly all of these problems, and absent significant behavioral changes by humans, many of these highly valuable but threatened species will go extinct in our lifetime.
A silent auction at 5:00 PM to raise money for the chapter will precede the supper at 6:00. We will enjoy a catered dinner featuring stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, green beans, and white cake for dessert. Drinks are iced tea, coffee, and ice water.
After dinner we will honor Greg Williams for his exemplary efforts coordinating volunteers to remove invasive species and restore natural habitats with native species. These remarkable projects have benefited the Lower Trail, Detwiler Park, Walnut Springs Park, and more.
The Bellwood Fire Department is located at 399 South 1st Street. There’s plenty of parking in the rear.
Tickets are $20 and reservations are due by April 1. Print out this form [PDF] and mail it with your check (payable to JVAS0 to Laura Jackson, 8621 Black Valley Road, Everett, PA 15537. Or pay in person at the March 17 program meeting at the Bellwood library.