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Presenter: Christopher Boyer

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 9th

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Belgrade Public Library: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade.

Note: Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

Registration: Please call Belgrade Community Library (388-4346).

 

Commercial pilot and aerial photographer Chris Boyer flies throughout the Northern Rockies and beyond, providing conventional and 3D aerial mapping, documentary photography, and infrared and multispectral imaging, while also photographing the landscape from an artist’s perspective. Chris will discuss the random career path that led from east coast suburbs to western ranch work, trout stream restoration, and finally to aerial photography. He will cover the wide range of his current aerial projects and explain some of the technical and artistic aspects of making imagery while at the controls of a plane.

Chris Boyer BioPresenter Bio: Christopher Boyer earned his pilot’s license during a graduate program in Fluvial Geomorphology. After 10 years in landscape restoration, he sold his company to start Kestrel Aerial Services, Inc. In addition to his technical flight services, his award-winning photography has appeared in regional and national magazines, museums, galleries and private collections. Chris lives with his wife, Jennifer, and his young son, B, on Farm 51 in Bozeman, Montana, where they raise and sell Boer and Nubian goats.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust