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Rod Gardner – Listening to Birds and Developing Your Identification Skills
Listening to birds, and more generally to nature, has beneficial effects on our well-being, but this auditory experience frequently takes second place to the visual observation of birds. However, it has been claimed that experienced birders identify about 80% of the birds they encounter by sound alone and even more in forests and woodlands. Rod will give us a few tips on how birders can develop their skills for identifying birds by the sounds that they make.
Greg Anderson – Birding the Columbian Andes
With a birdlist of over 2,000 species, more species of birds have been found in Colombia than in any other country in the world. However, in the past, concerns about safety have discouraged people from visiting. That has now changed. Colombia has a booming tourist industry and is a ‘must-visit’ destination for world birders. With so many birds and such a diversity of habitats, it is not possible to adequately cover the country in a few weeks. Greg will describe a three week birding trip to Colombia that focused on the Andes and their associated valleys, as well as the Santa Marta Mountains and the far north of the country.