Arctic Islands At Nature Center, Part 2, 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Stephen Becker aboard the National Geographic/Lindblad Explorer. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Enjoy the beauty of the Arctic Islands, only recently opened to eco-tourism, from the comfort of the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the nature center planetarium, Stephen A. Becker will present photos from his voyage to West Greenland and the North Canadian Islands. See wildlife, glaciers, icebergs, geology, interesting sky phenomena, and Inuit settlements from this remote region.

Part 1 of this event took place Tuesday, where Becker showed a film from the trip. It was well attended. Those who saw the movie stayed afterward to ask questions and learn more. Saturday’s event will be just as engaging.

Becker has been a resident of Los Alamos since 1983. He is a Laboratory Fellow in XTD Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign. Becker is the president of the local Pajarito Astronomy Club. His interest in exploring the far northern and southern parts of the globe led him to take National Geographic Explorer trips to the Svalbard Islands, the Falkland Islands, S. Georgia Island, and the Palmer Peninsula in Antarctica.

The Arctic Islands presentation will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. They are free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

The PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.

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