Don’t Miss “On Arctic Ground:Exploring the Furthest Reaches of Wild Alaska”
Coming Tuesday, October 30, 2012 to the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.
Author, Activist and Explorer Debbie S. Miller Has California Roots; Palm Springs Connections.
For the past 37 years, Debbie S. Miller has traveled Alaska’s wild lands, exploring the unique landscape and serving as a guide to a variety of visitors (including President Jimmy Carter). Originally from the Bay area, Miller first moved to Alaska in 1975 to teach in a Gwich’in Athabascan Indian village on the south boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Since that time, she haspaddled and hiked all over the furthest reaches of Alaska, written two nature books for adults, and authored many children’s books about Alaska’s environment. Her most recent book, On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, is the result of her years spent exploring Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve – the largest single unit of public lands in the nation. Encompassing 23.5 million acres, the Reserve harbors rich, vital wild lands, unique archeological treasures, and an amazing variety of plants and animals. Miller’s father, local businessman and philanthropist, Ric Supple, says “Debbie took to Alaska immediately. From the minute she got there, she said she knew it was the place she was supposed to be.”
About the Presentation:
Debbie S. Miller’s multimedia presentation of On Arctic Ground: Exploring the Furthest Reaches of Wild Alaska offers an amazing window into a part of the world that many of us may never see in person – a rare wilderness brought to life through stories, images and sounds. Miller delights audiences with her personal stories of years spent exploring this wild corner of Alaska. While sharing images from 13 talented wildlife photographers, many of whom have traveled with her in the Reserve, Debbie tells of her thrilling encounters with wildlife as she traveled down the rivers of this massive stretch of wilderness. Sound recordings by writer, cultural anthropologist, and radio producer Richard Nelson add to the magic – immersing audiences in the natural world and transporting them to this pristine part of our world.
About the Author:
Debbie S. Miller has lived in Northern Alaska since 1975. During that time, she developed a passion for writing nature books about Alaska’s extraordinary wilderness and wildlife. “When I look out my office window,” Miller says, “I may see a moose walking by, chickadees or gray jays at the bird feeder, or a fox on the prowl.”
During her early years in Alaska, Miller taught school in Arctic Village, a small village in the Brooks Range. She learned about the fascinating culture of the Athabaskan Indians, the natural history of the region, and the wonders of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. For many years she explored this incredible place, studied the great caribou herds, and observed wolves, grizzly and polar bears, musk oxen, migratory birds, and other Alaska animals. Her many outdoor adventures and encounters with wildlife inspired her to write nature books for children and adults.
Miller works closely with Jon Van Zyle, an outstanding Alaska wildlife artist who has illustrated nine of her children’s picture books. Van Zyle has lived in Alaska for 38 years and has a deep love for the wilderness and wildlife. He turns simple words into captivating paintings that authentically reflect the beauty of Alaska’s environment.
As a former teacher, Miller loves sharing Alaska’s natural world with children and adults all over the United States. “Northern species,” she says, “whether it be a caribou or hibernating butterfly, have developed unusual adaptations to survive Alaska’s rugged winters. I choose to write creative nonfiction books, or, as a student once described, ‘storyfact books.’ The facts, my personal wildlife observations, and scientific research are presented through an engaging story. It’s my hope that readers will truly experience the environment of Alaska and the lives of animals when reading my books.”
Debbie S. Miller received the 1999 Refuge Hero Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for her writing, education, and conservation work.
About the Book:
On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserveis a large-format photography book with images from an array of talented wildlife photographers that compliment Debbie S. Miller’s personal accounts of her travels. Other contributors include former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, wildlife biologist Jeff Fair, and paleontologists Jack Horner and Patrick Druckenmiller.
Published by Braided River, and generously supported by Campion Foundation, On Arctic Ground is part of an ongoing multimedia and advocacy campaign. Advocacy partners include Alaska Wilderness League, The Wilderness Society, The Sierra Club, Audubon Alaska and more. Learn more at www.OnArcticGround.org
“On Arctic Ground: Exploring the Furthest Reaches of Wild Alaska”
Where: Camelot Theatres
When: October 30, 2012, 7pm,
followed by book signing and light dessert.
Seniors, students and active military: $5.00
Camelot Theatres Box Office
(Daily 11:30 AM – 8:00 PM)
2300 E. Baristo Road,
Palm Springs, CA, 92262,
Box Office: 760-325-6565
Telephone Orders: 888-718-4253
Order online: Camelottickets.com
Proceeds from this event benefit The Alaska Wilderness League
The Alaska Wilderness League is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1993 to further the protection of Alaska’s amazing public lands. The League is the only Washington, D.C.-based environmental group devoted full-time to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness-quality lands in Alaska.
The Alaska Wilderness League’s mission is to lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska. The League is made up of members from all 50 states working together to keep Alaska’s wild places protected for future generations. Alaska Wilderness League is a member of the Alaska Coalition and also helps facilitate and staff the Coalition to further support its continued success.