Patagonia frontier

JAMESTOWN – Does Patagonia sound like a fascinating locale for the adventurous explorer?

You can find out at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on June 6, when Robert and Kathleen Barber present “Patagonian Frontiers: Argentina and Chile.”

Beginning at 11 a.m., the Barbers will share photos and stories from their amazing trip to the southern tip of South America.

You can experience the wonders of two of the world’s last great frontiers: the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia and the stunningly dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine. Visit Cape Horn and sail along as Charles Darwin did through the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, Drake’s Passage and many other estuaries to explore the flora and fauna of this cold rain forest.

See ancient glaciers, granite peaks, turquoise lakes and rushing rivers. Marvel at emerald lagoons and the majestic conical snowcapped Osorno Volcano. Then hike with the Barbers as they ascend the volcano’s face. Also, enjoy the magnificent beauty of Iguazu Falls, the world’s widest waterfalls. Capture the flavor of Buenos Aires and Santiago, two of South America’s most cosmopolitan cities.

Bob and Kathy Barber retired from Jamestown Community College in 2007. Bob worked there for 35 years, the last five as Vice President and Dean of Administration. Kathy taught English courses at JCC for 19 years. Bob serves on the Jamestown Audubon Board of Directors, and Kathy is on the YWCA Board of Trustees and volunteers at the Fenton History Center Research Library. They have four children, and their ninth grandchild is due in May.

Following the program, coffee and tea will be provided for a BYO brown bag lunch. The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Hours for the Nature Center building and Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1 – 4:30 p.m. Sundays. The Sanctuary has over five miles of beautifully maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve and includes a native tree arboretum and several educational gardens. Visitors can enjoy Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable bald eagle, in her outdoor habitat or walk the trails from dawn until dusk daily.

For more information, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.