From August 28 to September 10, 2013 Cynthia was fortunate to travel to southern France and the Pyrenees in a part of Europe she had not visited before. Starting in the lovely old city of Montpellier, which she explored for three days before the “official birding trip”, the group traveled east to the Camargue, and a bit further east to the Crau Steppe before turning west and heading up into the Pyrennes.
Cynthia will take us on a brief cultural and naturalist tour of this lovely part of the world. This is the first time Salem Audubon has offered a program in this beautiful part of the world so join us and learn more about this stunning area. Cynthia studied at the University of Illinois, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona where she received a BLA (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture). Although a registered Landscape Architect in Arizona and New Mexico, she rarely practiced that art in the traditional sense, preferring to concentrate on land planning and the legal issues involving land development. Cynthia has been involved in numerous boards of directors, with homeowner associations, professional business associations and volunteer organizations such as Audubon chapters. Cynthia is the Field Trip chairperson and coordinator for Salem Audubon. She also is currently serving on the Board of the Friends of the Willamette Valley Refuges and active in planning for the new Ankeny Hill Nature Center.
A long time of love affair with nature led to interests in ecology, birding, hiking, travel, and
exploration of different cultures. Having lived in Germany, Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia and now Oregon, she relishes new experiences and meeting new friends. Cynthia currently lives in South Salem with seven parrots and is landscaping her yard with native plants to benefit wildlife and birds.