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Sep/Oct 2019

Up Against the Wall

By Judy Herman and Melanie Cohen

Children torn from their mothers’ arms, caged and left to sleep on concrete floors where bright lights glare around the clock. You’ve heard how the current U.S. border policy tramples human rights, but do you know that existing and proposed border barriers also threaten other species?

In a letter to the Border Patrol, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated that proposed barrier projects in two Arizona counties would put at risk 16 threatened or endangered species, including the ocelot, jaguar, Mexican

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New Film Reveals the Drama of the Border Wall

Experience the environmental and human drama of the wall in a vivid new film at our quarterly meeting.

“The River and the Wall” follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half- month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environ- ment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more pop- ulated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Val- ley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Movie, munchies and mingling. Join us on Wednesday October 23 at 7 PM at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Public Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates (entrance also on Deep Valley Dr).
Snacks and refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Joyce White 310- 383-5247

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

By Dave Wiggins, Conservation Co-Chair

Habitat destruction caused by agricultural devel- opment and mineral extraction? Entire ecosys- tems altered, perhaps permanently, by advanc- ing climate changes brought on by greenhouse gas emissions? These are of course very real threats to the existence of a great many of the world’s endangered species. Yet most of us don’t think of the tremendous threat to many of the very same species posed by the brisk illegal international trade in wholly unnecessary products made from their bodies.

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Along the Path:

A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature By Susan Rothrock Deo

How Did THAT Get There: Pt. 2: Animals

The first time I heard a peacock, we were visiting my husband’s family in India. Their calls here in Palos Verdes conjure up fond memories. Not everyone shares my sense of wonder about peafowl (only the male is a “peacock”). They are like dandelions—a joy to some, a pest to others. Around 1900, the exotic birds were a status symbol for superrich Americans.

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You Can Be a Leader

Offered just twice a year, the next Sierra Club Angeles Chapter’s

Leadership Training Program (LTP) Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter’s many groups, sections and committees sponsor thousands of trips ranging from easy hikes to backpacks to worldwide travel and mountaineering expeditions. From experienced volunteer leaders you will learn how to plan a trip, handle problems on the trail and make sure that everyone has a great time. You’ll gain knowledge about good conservation and safety practices, along with tips for getting your leadership rating quickly and then, if you choose, pursuing more ad- vanced ratings.

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