Author Rachel Oliver will present worldwide photos and read a few of her favorite wildlife poems at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 in the Community Room at the Oakhurst Branch Library.
Oliver, a poet, writer and former professional singer, was staff clinical psychologist at Mariposa Counseling Center. Before retirement, she joined the Earthwatch Institute as a research assistant, and has traveled to five continents overseas.
On an Earthwatch trip to Madagascar, she ate lunch with lemurs and spotted the first Nile crocodile to be seen in the area in more than 30 years.
In Africa, Oliver photographed hippos, rhinos, warthogs, Cape buffalo and spectacular birds of many colors. On one occasion, she was approached by a bull elephant, whose photo is displayed on the cover of her latest book, Unscheduled Meetings: Life-Changing Encounters with Wildlife from around the Globe.
At her home near Yosemite, her closest neighbors are bears, coyotes, deer, mountain lions, foxes, raccoons, skunks, lizards and snakes.
Oliver will encourage audience members to share stories of their own about unusual wildlife encounters.
Details: Library, (559) 683-4838