Wildlife photographer will narrate two films

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GREENE — Wildlife film photographer Tom Sterling will introduce audience members to wildlife in Florida and the Upper Michigan Peninsula Friday, May, 21, at Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial.

Sterling will narrate his films “Florida’s Alien Wildlife” and “Superior’s Native Wildlife,” which will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. The first film features some of Florida’s more high-profile exotic species such as sambar deer, rhesus and vervet monkeys, Amazon parrots, iguanas, purple swamp hens, walking catfish, mynahs and feral pigs.

Native wildlife of the Upper Michigan Peninsula includes the loon, ruffed grouse, eagles, Canada jays, warblers, otter, wolves, bears and the elusive fisher.

Sterling was born and raised in Jackson, Mich., where he spent a lot of time hunting and fishing with his father. When he wasn’t in school or afield with his dad, he could usually be found in his basement “aquarium room” watching and learning the behavior of fish. Following high school, he spent a summer working in Yellowstone National Park before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force.

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After military service, Sterling earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. While in college, he worked part time for wildlife filmmakers Walt and Myrna Berlet. Upon graduation, he worked as a film speaker on the National Audubon Society’s wildlife film lecture tour.

More than 35 years later, Sterling has produced seven half-hour and two one-hour specials for TV, which have been seen in 80-plus countries worldwide.

Admission is free. Doors will open an hour before the screenings. For more information, call 946-5311 or visit www.sawyer-foundation.com.

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