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Events for Wednesday, October 7, 2020

How a Cleveland Heights Birder-Photographer Works on Conservation Efforts ​in Colombia - presented by Kirtland Bird Club of Northeast Ohio ​ by ​Steve Cagan
7:30 PM
Cleveland Heights resident Steve Cagan is a birder and professional photographer who has been traveling to El Chocó, a Pacific rainforest area in Colombia, since 2003.

El Chocó faces threats to its rich rainforest and its human cultures. The threats come from mechanized gold mining, indiscriminate logging and industrial agricultural projects. In this region marked also by violence of the civil war and the displacement and death that have been visited upon the communities, Steve works with local communities and organizations that have worked to save the environment, and with the help of committed NGOs, they have won some impressive victories. Steve will share images of some of the birds he has enjoyed seeing in the area and then share some of the ways he has been able to contribute to the efforts to resist and overcome those environmental and social threats.

Though Steve does take pictures of birds, his major photographic work is related to social issues and community responses to those issues. He has exhibited and published photography on four continents and won numerous awards including two Fulbright Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and two State Council Fellowships and was on the arts faculty at Rutgers University.

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