News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Compass, July 17, 2014
Travelers Clapp and Desibour present “Madagascar—The Eighth Continent”

Madagascar is the focus at GSA Summer Series talk

Leslie Clapp and Blaise deSibour will speak about their travels in Madagascar at the Summer Series on July 22 at 7 p.m. at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine.

Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy

World travelers and perennial presenters at George Stevens Academy’s Summer Speaker Series, Blue Hill residents Leslie Clapp and Blaise deSibour will share highlights of their recent trip to Madagascar, “the eighth continent.” The slideshow presentation will be made twice: first on Tuesday, July 22, at 7 pm, and again on Wednesday, August 6, at 7 pm. Madagascar’s plants and animals are different from those found anywhere else on earth, earning it its nickname as “the eighth continent.” Clapp (GSA ’82) and deSibour ventured to this “treasure island” last fall and spent five weeks covering the world’s fourth largest island. Pockets of unique ecosystems still exist and harbor some of the most extraordinary creatures you could imagine. Lemurs stole the show, but colorful chameleons, fantastic frogs and gorgeous geckos made quite a hit. There are more than 120 endemic bird species and some very strange insects, all of which are highly approachable and make for wonderful photographs. Travel to the spiny forest of the southwest, lowland rainforest of the northeast, montane rainforest of the interior and tropical islands of the north, and experience the many surprises each area has in store.

The Summer Speaker Series is a program of George Stevens Academy bringing talks and occasional workshops to the summer community. All talks are held in the (air-conditioned) Esther Wood Lecture Room on the GSA campus. There is no admission fee for the talks, and seating is open. For more information about any of these events, please call 374-2800 or visit