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California Past Landscapes and Wildlife

October 14, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Join us via Zoom on Saturday, October 14th at 7 pm when biologist and artist Laura Cunningham gives us a fascinating look back at California wildlife and ecosystems of the past, as well as the indigenous people who lived here and managed the landscapes for thousands of years.  Laura has spent decades researching and exploring early California landscapes and the history of wildlife, before European contact.  She has gone out into the field to find relict landscapes, interviewed Tribal experts on cultural history, and attempted to reconstruct these lost landscapes.  Join us to explore herds of tule elk and pronghorn, California condors flying overhead, abundant salmon, grizzlies, wolves, and jaguars, as well as ancient grasslands and oak habitats.  See the history of Tulare Lake in the past and its present resurgence as a result of the huge, historic rains this past winter. 

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About the presenter:  Laura Cunningham is a self-taught oil painter and artist, as well as a biologist.  She wrote and illustrated A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California (Heyday: 2010, now out of print).  See Laura’s website:, where she is uploading the original manuscript for free as an educational curriculum. 

Cunningham currently works at nonprofit conservation organizations trying to save California’s biodiversity and natural habitats. 


October 14, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT