PAS presents March 17: Ireland Birding, Pubs, and Music
- Join Peregrine Audubon Society and the Hichwas this Thursday March 17 7PM for a special St. Patrick's Day presentation at the Ukiah Civic Center:
Ireland Birding, Pubs, and Traditional Music
To celebrate St Patrick's Day, Diane and Bryant Hichwa will introduce Peregrine Auduboners to the gorgeous "Forty Shades of Green" landscape of Ireland and its fascinating birds, history, and music on Thursday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. The Hichwas have made two trips to the Emerald Isles to experience both the migrant wintering and summer breeding birds. Birds nesting above the Arctic Circle in northern Europe spend the fall and winter months in the protected shores and islands of eastern and southern Ireland. Birds that migrate to southern Spain and North Africa during the winter return to nest on the west coast of Ireland. Visiting Ireland in November, Diane and Bryant saw fields of wintering curlews, a great diversity of shorebirds and waterfowl along with many of the common European birds such as Rook, White Wagtail, Chaffinch, and the colorful European Robin. In May they returned to view the great bird colonies of the Skellig Islands and the Cliffs of Mohr. Tens of thousands of nesting seabirds call this home, including Razorbill, Black Guillemot, and the elegant Northern Gannet, while Red-billed Choughs play along the cliffs.
Along the way, the Hichwas were able to enjoy the great natural beauty of the Irish scenery, the country's fascinating history, and its vibrant cultural traditions. They were astounded by the "greenness" of the landscape, and the contrast between rolling coastal pastures and precipitous ocean cliffs. Their travels were leisurely, allowing them to visit ancient Irish historical sites such as the largely unknown Passage Tombs near Newgrange which are 500 years older than The Great Pyramid of Giza, and predate Stonehenge by 1000 years. In the evenings they were able to indulge their great interest in traditional Irish music as they dined in local pubs, the centers of Irish social life. Here folks of all ages sang traditional Irish melodies accompanied by chin whistles and Uillean, or Irish, pipes. These musical sessions were often impromptu, always enthusiastic, and a great way to meet the local people. This should be a very interesting evening, so put on something green and come share a real St Patrick's day celebration with us.
This Peregrine Audubon sponsored presentation is free to the public, though donations will be welcome. The Ukiah Civic Center is located at 300 Seminary Avenue. To support Peregrine Audubon Society and receive a newsletter with regular announcements about programs and field trips, please send $20 to PAS, P.O. Box 311, Ukiah, CA 95482. For more information on a wide variety of topics related to birding and conservation in Mendocino County please go to www.peregrineaudubon.org.
Article by Chuck Vaughn