Hank Kaestner

Hank Kaestner

Benjamin Henry “Hank” Kaestner III, bird-watcher and photographer, will present “The Jewels of Ecuador,” on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the Commodores Inn, 823 S. Main St., Stowe. It’s the sixth of nine winter lectures sponsored by the Lamoille Valley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Kaestner will present a geographical transect of Ecuador, visiting a series of eco-tourism lodges that help protect the environment and provide jobs. For many years, he has pursued his hobby of photography while traveling to remote and fascinating corners of the globe.

He is also a world-renowned bird-watcher, having seen more than 7,100 species around the globe. Kaestner belongs to many bird clubs and conservation organizations and is a former president of the Baltimore Bird Club.

Refreshments from Adi Barnett and Stowe Historical Society members will follow the presentation.

Next up on Feb. 20 is Dr. Rick Barnett, a clinical psychologist and addiction specialist in private practice in Stowe. He will present "Connections of a Lifetime,” addressing research on aging in an increasingly digital world.

To sponsor a lecture, series or refreshments, call Ruth Hamilton at 825-8325. For weather cancellations, listen to WDEV or WLVB or call Commodores Inn at 253-7131.

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