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Monday, APR 14 – “Bird the Beloved Country”, Bill Heck, President, Columbus Ohio Audubon


 Bill Heck Profile PicSouth Africa has an extraordinary range of habitats, from seashores to deserts and from mountains to lowland plains. These habitats, in turn, host an incredible diversity of flora and fauna – especially birds. Tonight’s presentation will sample a few of South Africa’s unique bioregions, touching not only on the threats that they face, but also on the conservation efforts being made to save them for posterity.

In addition to being the president t of Columbus Audubon Bill has been treasurer of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in northwestern Ohio; on the Audubon Ohio board; and on the nominating committee of the Ohio Ornithological Society.  A former resident of southwestern Ohio, Bill has been president of Audubon Miami Valley, the Audubon chapter serving Butler and Preble counties; served as treasurer of the Three Valley Conservation Trust; and was treasurer of the Environmental Mobile Unit in Oxford.

He retired in 2007 after a career in information technology management in both the private and public sectors.  He holds BA from Heidelberg University, a MA from Kent State University, and a MBA from Miami University.

When not working with conservation and birding organizations, Bill travels extensively, usually on birding trips. His destinations have included a number of countries in Central and South America as well as Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Madagascar, Thailand, and the Philippines.  His wife, Mary, joins him on the less lunatic of these adventures. Bill’s friends describe him as an obsessive birder but otherwise harmless.

Chapter Meetings are held the second Monday of the indicated months in the 2nd Community Room, LCNB building, 30 Park Place West sat 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford unless noted otherwise. All meetings our open to the public.

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