Please note: The LAAS monthly program presentations for March - June 2015 will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Jon Feenstra presents: "Ecuador, High to Low”


Moss-backed Tanager, by Jon Feenstra

Ecuador is a country approximately the size of Arizona and hosts more than 1600 bird species (not to mention an uncountable number of plants and insects). This remarkable diversity is due to a sweeping geography that includes Pacific coast, the snow- capped Andes and steamy lowland jungle including a part of the vast and mysterious Amazon rainforest. New species are continually being discovered and parts of the country still remain remote and inaccessible. That said, it is also possibly the most accessible country in South America and well visited by researchers and tourists. In this presentation, Jon will give a virtual tour of many of the various regions of mainland Ecuador with comments on the habitat, stories from the field, and, of course, photos of birds.

Raised in the Appalachian ridges of northwestern New Jersey, Jon Feenstra’s playground was the outdoors. Though birding was a passion, it was chemistry that drove his academic education. After graduating college he moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles to conduct graduate research in physical chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. There, all while studying, he became active in Southern California birding: leading field trips, writing articles on bird distribution and local issues, and spending time exploring the diverse and bird-rich area. He finished a Ph.D. dissertation in ultrafast electron diffraction then decided it was finally time to go “all in” and make birding his full-time passion. When not traveling the country or the world, Jon lives in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and works as a free-lance ecological consultant. He volunteers for the Pasadena Society, has served on the board of directors of Western Field Ornithologists, leads many of Southern California’s pelagic trips,and has contributed to several publications on terrestrial and pelagic bird distribution. During any time between those activities he reads widely, brews beer, and plans his next adventure.

Los Angeles Audubon's monthly evening program presentations are held at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and are over at 9:30 p.m. Come early enjoy the nature, share your birding interests with like minded birders. Stay and enjoy the slideshow presentations. All are welcome!

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