Ecuador: Its Birds, Its Culture,
and Its Environmental Challenges
Ecuador, though only the size of Nevada, is home to over 1600 species
of birds � twice as many as all of North America! In addition it is
home to countless other species of animals as well as indigenous people
who are trying to live according to their traditional ways.
Peregrine Audubon Society has invited Ken and Rita Stockton to show
slides of the birds, scenery, and culture of Ecuador, discuss the
environmental challenges facing the country, and explain how bird
watchers and wildlife lovers can help. Please join Peregrine on
Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ukiah Civic Center Council
Chambers, 300 Seminary Avenue (directions below). This program is free
to the public (donations requested).
Rita lived in Ecuador most of her life, and Ken discovered it on a
birding trip six years ago. He has been back several times, and still
experiences a sense of wonder and discovery every time he goes into the
jungle. By looking for birds in the four major bio-regions of Ecuador �
the upper Amazon jungle, the Andean highlands (�Avenue of the
Volcanoes�), the cloud forests, and the coast, Ken has already seen
more birds in Ecuador than he has seen in 25 years of bird watching in
And Ken and Rita are excited about much more than birds. They paint a
picture of Ecuador that includes cobblestone streets that pre-date
Spanish influence, llamas and pack horses, colorful marketplaces
brimming with arts and crafts, volcanic lakes, Andean flute music (we
might get to hear some!), and unique food and drinks.
Ken and Rita love to introduce folks to the birds and lifestyles of
each region, and they occasionally lead small personalized trips for
friends and acquaintances who want to experience �their� Ecuador. The
tours emphasize supporting the local indigenous communities and
practicing sustainable eco-tourism, while maintaining safe and
Come learn about the nature and beauty of Ecuador and how such a small
country can be full of so many surprises!
From 101 take Perkins Street west to State Street (second light). Go
left on State. After three blocks turn right on Seminary Ave. Take it
to the end.
Peregrine Audubon Society
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