March 2017 Monthly Presentation: Birds of Ecuador and More

March 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Larry Boutelle

Starting to think spring? A little warmth, a little humidity, basking in a lush beautiful location? Come along, we’ll go to Ecuador where you can choose your favorite climate, altitude, and have 1,663 known bird species to chase down in a relatively small area. Ecuador is only slightly larger than the combined area of the Dakotas. But let’s talk about birds. Seventeen percent of the world’s species of birds are there! Yes, you will have to climb some mountains. Or fight your way through some heavy forests along the rivers, or you can travel this lush little country and see a plethora of birds by joining Ed and Katie Bolt and the rest of us at the March Audubon meeting.
Veteran travelers and birders, Ed and Katie have birded in Mexico’s Yucatan, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, and all the states but Hawaii. Katie recently retired from her school psychologist career and Ed is a “substantially retired” architect. Both native Michiganders, Ed brought Katie to the “west side” and made Grand Rapids home. But it was Katie who got interested in the birds, attending an ornithology class at Grand Rapids Community College; she then joined the Grand Rapids Audubon Society. Katie brought Ed to the Grand Rapids Audubon Society, and he served as their President from 2009 to 2011.
If you can’t get to Ecuador, this may be the best introduction to spring you can get. Join us Monday, March 27  at the People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce our dishwashing.