Tues 2/11: SJ Audubon General Meeting BIRDING CUBA, presented by Chris Conard


Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30pm

BIRDING CUBA, presented by Chris Conard.

In February of 2018, Chris joined a tour covering the western two-thirds of the large and diverse island of Cuba. While there was a strong birding and nature focus, we also visited cultural sites and met locals, including nature reserve managers, naturalists and biologists. We received great background on the island's deep history from our local guides. The bird highlights consisted of nearly all of the possible Cuban and West Indian endemics, including Cuban Trogon, Cuban Tody, Cuban Pygmy-Owl, Cuban Gnatcatcher (sensing a theme), Cuban Grassquit, Cuban Green Woodpecker, Giant and Loggerhead kingbirds, Oriente and Yellow-headed warblers, Zapata Wren, Zapata Sparrow, Blue-headed Quail-Dove, Fernandina's Flicker, and the world's smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird. In addition to the endemics, there was a wonderful show of American Flamingos as well as wintering North American warblers, allowing for great photographic opportunities.

Chris Conard is a Natural Resource Specialist at the Bufferlands of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. He regularly leads field trips for Sacramento Audubon, serves as the Sacramento County editor for North American Birds and eBird, and recently finished six years as president of the Central Valley Bird Club.

We meet at Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue (across from UOP) in Stockton, and begins at 7:30 p.m. Plenty of parking and refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Alan England, Stockton