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August 21, 2013

Program highlights Alaskan canoe trip

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LONDONDERRY — On Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., Leach Library will host “Alaska Wilderness: A Canoe Journey into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.”

Presented by Marcia and Mark Wilson, this colorful slide-show program will treat the audience to intimate photographic views of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In this 75-minute presentation, the Wilsons will describe the 19 days they spent canoeing the Canning River on the western edge of the Arctic Refuge.

Paddling north from a gravel riverbank that served as an airstrip in the Brooks Range, the Wilsons navigated a 17-foot folding canoe to explore 70 miles of arctic wilderness.

With stunning photos and passionate commentary drawn from several visits to the Arctic, the Wilsons open a window to the arctic summer.

Audience members will also learn about some of the mammals, birds, plants and insects that thrive in our continents most remote wilderness — the Arctic tundra.

Marcia and Mark Wilson are a husband-wife team, photographing, teaching and sharing their passion for the natural world.

Both are avid naturalists with biology degrees and a keen focus on birds. They often camp, canoe and hike to study birds, wildlife and ecosystems. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library.

It is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 100 people and will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room.

Light refreshments will be served.