The Peninsula Trails Coalition hosts its first 2012 Adventure Travel Series slide shows in January at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. Slide shows begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6, 15, 20 and 27.
Admission is $5, children under 12 free, and all proceeds go to buy supplies and lunches for volunteers working on the Olympic Discovery Trail.
The slide shows reveal four exotic places:
• Jan. 6: “The Pantanal: The Most Concentrated and Exotic Wildlife Viewing in the Americas,” presented by Elston and Jackie Hill.
The Pantanal is an enormous wetland located mostly in Brazil and arguably the best place in the Americas to view wildlife, including the world’s tallest flying birds, the world’s largest rodents, the world’s largest parrots and jaguars twice as big as those in the Amazon.
• Jan. 15: “North of the Bay of Bengal, Travels in Bangladesh,” presented by John Wegmann.
Wegmann and his wife, Mary, have made three trips over the past four years to work in medical clinics in northern Bangladesh. Although the country is densely populated, flat and on the brink of disaster from the rising seas, the Wegmanns found it beautiful and its people friendly and hard-working.
• Jan. 20: “Hidden Papua New Guinea,” presented by Linda Crow.
Crow recently visited three regions of Papua New Guinea: the Sepik River region, known as a center for tribal art; the capital city of Port Moresby; and the coast. In each place, she photographed practitioners of Papua New Guinea’s traditional customs. For those who missed her show at the Fine Arts Center, this is a second chance to see the portraits she made and hear about this fascinating place.
• Jan. 27: “The Galapagos … Twice Is Nice!” presented by Bill and LaVonne Mueller.
There is only one readily accessible place on this planet where the presence of man has had little effect on the behaviors of animals: the Galapagos Islands. The archipelago of volcanic islands, Darwin’s inspiration and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, supports a unique mixture of terrestrial and marine plants and animals and ways of life found nowhere else.
For more information about the slide shows, call Gunvor Hildal at 452-8641 or Gail Hall at 808-4223. A series of new slide shows will be presented in February in Sequim.