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February 28, 2014 01:00 AM

Jan Kotaska will present an illustrated account of her 2013 visit to Burma, also known as Myanmar at the next meeting of the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society on April 4.

Jan Kotaska will present an illustrated account of her 2013 visit to Burma, also known as Myanmar, at the next meeting of the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society (SCNHS) on April 4.

For more than 50 years, Burma has been ruled, repressed and isolated by military leaders. The country has been frozen in time, but is now trying to emerge and transition to civilian rule. Travelling more than 1,000 kilometres by riverboat up the Irrawaddy River, Kotaska discovered the intriguing culture, beauty and history of the Burmese people.

Kotaska is a nature enthusiast who combines her love of travel and photography to visit the world.

She has travelled to more than 100 countries, and over the years has made numerous presentations to groups about her journeys. She has been a member of SCNHS for 23 years and has always enjoyed nature-oriented activities: birding, hiking, gardening and just observing whatever nature has to offer. After growing up in Winnipeg and Vancouver, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees at UBC, which led to a 30-year career as a nurse educator and consultant in Vancouver. An old cottage was her nature retreat on the Sunshine Coast until 1992, when she and her husband became full-time Coast residents.

Her presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. Refreshments will be served, and new members are welcome.

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