Cancelled due to COVID19: Program Meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 7:00 pm: Birding in the Colombian Andes
Colombia is a dream destination for birders. Its avifaunal richness is partly due to the branching of the imposing Andes into three mountain ranges: the Eastern, Central and Western Andes. Two rivers, the Magdalena and Cauca, create the great valleys between these mountains. The altitude ranges from a few hundred feet to over 18,000. Altitude differences and the isolation of these valleys have resulted in unique biomes and species. With nearly 2,000 species of birds, Colombia boasts the most bird species of any country in the world. Dennis Arendt, Kit Larsen, Roger Robb, and Jim Regali explored these varied habitats in late February, 2019. (The Four Amigos have traveled to South America, Australia, Central America, and the Caribbean.) Come to see some of what they saw as they birded their way up and down the mountain ranges of Colombia.
Two of the four, Jim Regali and Kit Larsen, will share their Columbia adventure at our May Program Meeting, held at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St., Eugene. Using their own photographs, they will take us into the mountains from 13,000 feet near Bogota and down to the lowlands of the Paujil Preserve in the Magdalena Valley. Finding more than 50 species of hummingbirds, many colorful tanagers, giant guans, and secretive antpittas, they will bring you along on their Colombian adventure.
Jim Regali is a retired physician, a board member of the McKenzie River Trust, an avid photographer and birder. He has presented many programs for the Lane County Audubon Society as well as other local groups, and is a regular with the Wednesday Birding Group.
Kit Larsen, who retired from the University of Oregon, is also an avid birder and photographer. He is still active with the McKenzie River Trust and the Wednesday Birding Group. He is a masterful photographer and has also been a frequent presenter for the Audubon Society and other local groups.