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Klondike Chronicles: The Big Animals of Alaska
Come hear David Casterson, our former Group chair, tell of his six-week adventure last summer exploring the Canadian Rockies, Denali National Park, the Kenai Peninsula and the Inland Passage of South Eastern Alaska. He and his wife travelled 8,000 miles by truck camper, foot, boat, kayak, float plane and bicycle. His beautiful photos and videos will showcase the variety of habitats they encountered with a special focus on the dozen large mammal species they studied during their trip. Favorite experience: watching, from a bear blind, brown and black bears fishing for salmon, caring for their young and interacting with each other at the Anan Wildlife Observatory. Scariest moment: Realizing that the large amount of fur on the deserted heavily-wooded trail they were on belonged to a grizzly bear and thinking they might be about to startle it. Favorite place: Wrangell Island in the Alaska panhandle on the 4th of July. They had a great small town celebration and it was still light at midnight. David loves backpacking, bicycling, kayaking, woodworking and growing his own food. After retiring from teaching High School Biology and Nature Photography, he wrote the to-color natural history books In the Company of Redwoods and Take Me to the Tide Pools which will be available at the meeting, a percentage of the sales benefiting our Group. When: Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 PM. Come at 6:30 for healthy snacks and socializing with other outdoor-loving folks. Where: The Live Oak (Green) Grange Hall at 1900 17th Ave. near Capitola Road in Santa Cruz. Cost: Free. Donations appreciated. All are welcome. Tell your friends. Limited Parking. Please Arrive Sustainably.

Live Oak Grange Hall

1900 17th Avenue · Santa Cruz, CA

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Welcome to the Santa Cruz group of the Ventana Chapter Sierra Club! Here you will find a listing of some of the Santa Cruz Group outings and meetings, as well as opportunities to engage with the broader environmental/social justice/sustainability community in Santa Cruz. We welcome everyone to participate and encourage all to become members on our website at . To see our future events, click here ( The current liability waiver may be found here ( .

John Muir co-founded the Sierra Club in 1892 to share his love of nature. Since then, the Club has matured into the nation's largest and most influential environmental organization. The Club’s mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's resources; and to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the environment.

The Ventana Chapter serves Santa Cruz and Monterey counties of central California and hosts numerous outings, conservation actions, and ways to get involved. The Santa Cruz Group serves Sierra Club members in Santa Cruz County and was originally formed in 1966 as part of the Loma Prieta Chapter. In October 1974, the Santa Cruz Group became part of the Ventana Chapter. Information about the Santa Cruz Group is on our web site at (

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