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GUEST SPEAKERS - 30th Anniversary Summer Festival
We have an excellent roster of outstanding Guest Speakers for our 30th Anniversary. Register once and choose the presentations you want to attend. Enjoy!

Wed, Aug 4, 11am - Mark Hart: Bears
Wed, Aug 4, 3pm - Alvaro Jamarillo: Birding Fast and Slow
Thu, Aug 5, 11am - Jillian Cowles: Plant/Insect Interaction
Fri, Aug 6, 11am - Glenn Minuth: Volcano Basics
Fri, Aug 6, 3pm - Rick Wright: A Basic Library for Arizona

Can’t attend live? Register anyway and we will send you the recordings. They will also be available on our website 24 hours afterwards (www.swwings.org) during the festival.
You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.

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Mark Hart
Public Information Officer @Arizona Game and Fish Department
Wed Aug 4, 11:00 AM Arizona Time - Mark Hart is a public information officer with the Arizona Game and Fish Department in Tucson. He serves as department spokesman for southeastern Arizona news media, and manages information and education programs throughout the region. Hart joined the department in 2009, and also serves as a public information officer for the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. In addition, he is an agency representative to the federal Borderlands Management Task Force. Hart, a contributor to the Arizona Daily Star and a Best of Gannett award recipient, earned a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Loyola University of Chicago in 1981.
Alvaro Jamarillo
@Alvaro's Adventures
Wed Aug 4, 11AM Arizona Time - Alvaro Jaramillo, owner of birding tour company Alvaro’s Adventures, was born in Chile but began birding in Toronto, where he lived as a youth. He was trained in ecology and evolution with a particular interest in bird behavior. Research forays and backpacking trips introduced Alvaro to the riches of the Neotropics, where he has traveled extensively. He is the author of the Birds of Chile, an authoritative yet portable field guide to Chile’s birds. Alvaro writes the Identify Yourself column in Bird Watcher’s Digest magazine. Alvaro recently wrote part of the sparrow chapter for the Handbook of Birds of the World, and the new ABA Field Guide Birds of California. He was recently granted the Eisenmann Medal by the Linnaean Society of New York, awarded occasionally for excellence in ornithology and encouragement of the amateur. He organizes and leads international birding tours, as well as a full schedule of pelagic trips in central California, where he lives
Jillian Cowles
Thu Aug 5, 11:00 AM Arizona Time - Jillian Cowles came to Arizona from Massachusetts at the age of 18 in the hopes of seeing a Gila monster in the wild. She rapidly fell in love with the desert, the big sky, the warmth, and best of all, the interesting variety of native plants and animals. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, she worked as a clinical microbiologist for almost three decades at what is now known as Banner University Medical Center, Tucson. In her spare time, she started to build a photographic database of the plants and animals of southern Arizona. Arachnids proceeded to hijack this project, and she now has a book out, Amazing Arachnids, published by Princeton University Press. And by the way, she did get to see not just one, but many Gila monsters since coming to Arizona. Some dreams really do come true.
Glenn Minuth
Fri Aug 6, 11:00 AM Arizona Time - Glenn Minuth is a 34-year career federal civil servant. His degrees are in geography with specialties in cartography, geomorphology, remote sensing, and geology. His research focused in the area of geomorphology and geology examining mound micro-relief (Mima-type mounds) on volcanic mudflows in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, California. He taught geography, weather & climate, and geology part time in Sacramento for seven years and has been a part time instructor in geography and geology for 20 years at Cochise College where he conducts field trips and lectures in the areas of military history, ecology, weather/climate, geography, and geology.
Rick Wright
Author @Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
Fri Aug 6, 3:00 PM Arizona Time - Rick Wright leads Birds and Art tours for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. Rick attended the University of Nebraska and Harvard Law School, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. He and his wife, the medievalist Alison Beringer, used to live in Tucson before Alison's work took them to northern New Jersey. Rick's numerous scholarly publications include two books on the Latin animal literature of the later Middle Ages. He is the author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey and the ABA Field Guide to Birds of Arizona; his most recent book is the Peterson Reference Guide to American Sparrows.