The Sierra Foothills Audubon Society’s October meeting program will be a photographic tour of Colombia and its birds, with information on Colombian geography, cuisine, culture and people.
Speaker Christopher Calonje will talk about the increasingly improved security situation. The Colombian government — at all levels — has made great strides in bringing peace and prosperity to Colombia. The South American country boasts the world’s longest list of birds, now over 1,890 species (more than North America and Europe combined). Much of this diversity is due to the country’s complex topography, which includes three Andean ranges and the valleys between these ranges, the Atlantic and Pacific coasts; vast grasslands bordering Venezuela; and a very large portion of the Amazon Basin. Birding in Colombia promotes responsible environmental and social ecotourism and provides an opportunity of a lifetime for birdwatchers.
Calonje was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and earned a degree from Humboldt State University in natural resources planning. He has been conducting birding tours in his native Colombia for many years and has had the pleasure of traveling throughout the entire country, photographing its amazing avian diversity.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m., Oct. 3, in the Community Room of the Nevada County Library, Maidu Avenue, Nevada City.