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On a Wing and a Prayer


MONDAY,  SEP 9 – On a Wing and a Prayer: a Birding Colombia ExtravaganzaHardy Eshbaugh

Hardy Eshbaugh

In January we were part of a Colombia Birding Safari, a great adventure in the mountains of the central Andes and Choco region. This trip was offered through the Cincinnati Nature Center and Manikin tours, a small Colombian company that could not have arranged a more special experience. Winter is one of the best times to visit South America because in addition to all the resident bird species a number of our North American Neotropical migrants can be found there as well. Colombia boasts the greatest variety of birds on Earth with 1871 species, twice the number found in the USA. Highlights of the trip included: time watching Andean Condors soaring over Mt. Ruiz, seeing various Antpitta species from bird blinds, spending time with an Andean Cock-of-the Rock lek, and searching for the Yellow-eared Parrot. Hardy Eshbaugh is an emeritus Professor of Botany at Miami University. He served on the board of directors of the National Audubon Society for 13 years and currently serves on the board of directors of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Formerly, he was President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Botanical Society of America, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and the Society for Economic Botany. Over his career he taught twenty-nine different courses at Miami but his real passion has been in teaching field courses in the Amazon, Bahamas, and Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. He has been a lifelong bird watcher and as a graduate student taught ornithology at Indiana University.

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