Club to hear speaker on African bush life

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AUBURN – A slide show and talk on the unusual African bush life of the Hazda tribe will be presented at the Monday member meeting of the Stanton Bird Club.

James Burke spent five weeks in the bush of Tanzania in 2003 and 2005. He will show wildlife photos and will discuss the geology of the rift valley, Ngorogoro Highlands and Serengeti plain.

Burke will also talk about the life of the Hadza, one of only two remaining pure hunter-gatherer tribes. “The Hadza live one valley down from Olduvai Gorge and have no creation story, no story of coming from anywhere to where they are now, and they have no famine stories,” Burke said. The slide show and talk document his recreational travel in Africa.

Burke is associate clinical professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law, Portland. He teaches general and prisoner assistance clinics at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. He is a 1971 graduate of Bates College and was an attorney in Lewiston from 1976 to 2005.

The Stanton Bird Club meeting and Burke’s talk will take place at 7 p.m. at the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St. This is a change of venue from previous offerings by the local organization. The meeting is open to the public.

The Stanton Bird Club is a conservation organization offering monthly natural history programs and field trips throughout the state free. Stanton welcomes new members whose dues help to support land stewardship at three sanctuaries owned and managed by the club in Lewiston and Monmouth.

For more information, contact the Stanton Bird Club at 782-5238 or visit the Web site at www.stantonbirdclub.org.

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