January Meeting:

The Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda – Threatened Kingdom

Wednesday, January 20, starting at 7 p.m.

On the Zoom webinar platform

Host: Peter Langmore

On a recent safari to Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania, Peter Langmore was able to experience the excitement of an up-close visit with
some gentle giants: the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. The dominant silverbacks are up to 6 feet tall and weigh 500 lbs. As the largest living
primates, they are found only in the Virunga volcanoes, at over 9,000 feet. There are only about 1,000 of these gorillas left in the world and
600 within Rwanda’s Parc Nacional des Volcans. What have been, and continue to be, the challenges to their survival?
About the speaker: Peter is a frequent international traveler. In recent years, he has visited Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Dubai, China, and Mongolia.
His last two safaris have been to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and then Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania. These small group trips have
allowed him to meet the people, and experience and learn about the local cultures. Peter also enjoys gardening and is the co-manager of the
Westfield Farmers’ Market.

Registration: Please email Diane at natclubnewsletter@gmail.com by 10 p.m. on Tuesday January 19 to register for this online meeting- see more details below!

Letter from the President

As you are aware, there have been a lot of changes in our lives since the Commonwealth State of Emergency that made it necessary to cancel our March, April, and May meetings, and led us to decide against publishing a Summer 2020 newsletter. While September through December meetings cannot occur in person at the Museum, we do plan to meet online, using the Zoom webinar platform. We will see how this works out. Also, we plan to hold a few field trips. I believe we can do this if we social-distance. These are truly crazy times we are living in. I personally miss you all and miss seeing you at the meetings! But there is light at the end of this COVID-19 tunnel, and if we are patient and take care of ourselves, we will be back together soon! I trust that you and your families are all well and are going through this unsettling time successfully.~ Dave Gallup

Register to attend Fall Meetings by Zoom!

As Dave mentions above, we are trying something different for Fall 2020: Naturalists’ Club meetings by Zoom! Zoom is a webinar platform that allows users all over the world to “attend” a talk from the comfort of home. Our Zoom meetings will focus on a variety of topics: the implications of Covid-19 for conserving biodiversity, a visit to Scotland, and tips on preparing for a cross-country paddling trip! We’ll also host the December Holiday Party through Zoom. Online, you’ll be able to raise questions and talk with other Club members. So that we can resolve any technical issues ahead of time, we ask that you register for our Zoom meetings ahead of time.

Here’s how:Attend online:

Attend on your computer or Smartphone:  Please email me at natclubnewsletter@gmail.com no later than 10 p.m. the Tuesday evening before the first Zoom meeting you plan to attend. I’ll email you a link that you can use to connect.

Attend by phone: If you don’t use email, please call me at 413-388-2830 and we’ll find a way for you to listen by phone.

Watch the recorded talk: We’ll post recordings of talks on the Club website so that you can watch them (or watch them again!) later.

Hope to see you on Zoom for Fall 2020!