April 11, 2019 – 7:30 pmMeeting Location:
Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Tiburon. The address is 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon.South Africa and Botswana are home to 829 and 550 bird species, respectively. Jill will share some of the amazing birds she viewed while on safari in 2015, including shimmering blue starlings, multi-colored lilac rollers, and vibrant bee-eaters. It was on this trip when Jill learned that three rhinos are killed each day fueled by the demand for their horns in Asian black markets as ingredient for traditional medicine. If the current rate of poaching is not curtailed, wild rhinoceros could become extinct within the next few decades. But recent promising developments offer hope for the species. She will also talk about interesting conservation projects that she became involved in as a result of the publication of her coming-of-age suspense novel, Rhino in the Room, (signed copies available for purchase at the meeting).
March 5, 2019 – 7:00 pmMeeting Location:Robert Livermore Community Center,
4444 East Avenue, Livermore CA 94550Some of the best bird and animal sightings from my 2015 trip to South Africa and Botswana will be shared. As amazing as Africa’s living zoo is, there is also a dark side to this country. In 2015, a new record was set for largest number of rhinos poached. This travesty is being fueled by demand for the keratinous material in the horn in the Asian market, based on the misguided belief that the horn has curative powers for everything from hangovers to impotency to cancer. Driven largely by China and Vietnam, the heaviest consumers, an ounce of rhino horn (essentially the same material as our fingernails) is considered more valuable than gold. A single rhino horn can go for a half-million dollars. There are now only two northern white rhinos left on the planet and just 5,000 of black rhino are left in the world today. I will present the myriad of solutions that are being considered to address the problem. If the current rate of poaching is not curtailed, wild rhinos could become extinct within the next few decades.
Author Jill Hedgecock will read from her coming-of-age suspense novel, Rhino in the Room, on Sunday 12/16 at 4:00 pm at Flashlight Books at 1537 N Main St, Walnut Creek. Come check out her muse board and learn about her writing process. Her book was inspired by her 2015 visit to South Africa when she learned that 3 rhinos were poached every day for her horns. Jill also wrote the book because she noticed the limited availability of animal- and environmentally-related YA books and because she wanted to bring a safari experience to life for all ages. Jill has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management. Come meet Jill as she reads from her debut novel at 4:00 pm with a book signing to follow and learn about rhinos.
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Become a Movie Producer: Using a Professional Book Trailer Service
California Writers Club – Mount Diablo Branch
Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant
611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
Featured Speaker David Corbett The Compass of Character
Must register for the Full Meeting (https://cwcmtdiablo.org/) $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers
September 18, 2018 – Adventure Travel Writing: Bringing Readers Along on an African Safari
Book Signing to Follow
September 18, 2018
6:30 to 7:50 p.m.
1050 Neroly Rd, Oakley, CA 94561
November 1, 2018 – Rhino Poaching Update
Mount Diablo Audubon
November 1, 2018
Camellia Room, Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek