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Bhutan: Birding in the Land of the Thunder Dragon and Gross National Happiness, 9/10/12


Hardy Eshbaugh with Rebecca Pradhan, head of the White-bellied
Heron Research Field Station, in November 2011

On Monday, September 10, Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus, Department of Botany, Miami U. will present “Bhutan: Birding in the Land of the Thunder Dragon and Gross National Happiness.” Join us for a vicarious trip through dramatic landscape with glimpses of the avifauna and other wildlife, 7:30 P.M., 2nd Floor Oxford Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank.

In November 2011 the Eshbaughs and Michaels spent two weeks traveling in Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, immersed in the culture and birds of this isolated Himalayan paradise. Bhutan is host to a remarkable number of bird species including several endemics and endangered species. The Black-necked Crane winters here and is a species of special concern, while the White-bellied Heron is endangered, numbering fewer than 50 individuals. Bhutan is known for several colorful pheasants.

Hardy Eshbaugh is a retired Professor of Botany who taught for 45 years at Miami University. His interest in birds began as a child, continued as a student at Cornell University, found him serving as a graduate assistant in ornithology at Indiana University, and serving as a working Board member of the National Audubon Society. In February, he worked on a Piping Plover survey on the Bahamas’ Andros Island. Oh! And he knows a little something about chili peppers.

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