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Ecuador: Its Birds, Its Culture, and its Environmental Challenges

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  • Kate Marianchild
    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
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      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
      North America!

      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
      comfortable travel.

      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.

      Kate Marianchild
      Publicity Chair
      Peregrine Audubon Society
      katem@...
      707-463-0839



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