Mendocino Audubon November Program

Charlene McAllister

A Natural History of Birds in Ecuador

Presented by Rudy Gelis

When: Monday November 20, 2006 7:00 p.m

Where: Caspar Community Center

Rudy Gelis began his career in ornithology when he was awarded a Thomas J.
Watson Fellowship in 1997. After studying nesting Andean Condors in
Argentina and penguins on the Falkland Islands, he settled in Ecuador. Over
the past decade, as an active member of the Yanayacu Natural History Group
based in cloud forest of northeastern Ecuador, he has collaborated in
numerous publications in refereed ornithology journals. In Ecuador he has
studied the nests and breeding behavior of Long-wattled Umbrellabird,
Red-winged Wood-Rail, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, five species of antpitta,
Masked and Bluish Flowerpiercers, Barred Hawk, plus many dozens more. He has
assisted in other ornithological works, including breeding bird surveys in
the northeast U.S. and clay-lick use by parrots and macaws in the rainforest
of southeastern Peru. Rudy instructs university-level natural history
courses in Ecuador and frequently offers ecotourism courses and assists in
professional workshops for guides and park guards in Latin America. Applying
his strong background in botany and great interest in all of the natural
world, Rudy leads birding and natural history tours throughout much of
Ecuador and Peru. He is co-author with Murray Cooper of "Plumas: Birds in
Ecuador ", a fine art photography book published in Quito. He currently
lives in Quito, Ecuador.

For further information call 964-6362

Charlene McAllister
P.O. Box 332
Little River, CA 95456

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