Birding Eastern Gondwana, Part 1: New Zealand
Leader or Speaker:
Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen
Location of Event:
Five Rivers Interpretive Building
September 11, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Now that the new visitor center is open at Five Rivers Environmental Education center near Delmar, the HMBC programs will be held there beginning with this one. We are returning to a 7:00 PM start time, since we no longer have to be finished by 8:00.
The common history of the austral landmasses as part of the Gondwana supercontinent is reflected in unique assemblages of plants such as the Antarctic Beech forests. In Australia and New Zealand, the bird life is also strongly influenced by the long isolation of these southern land masses, with 6 bird families endemic to New Zealand, and about another 20 families unique to Australia, or only shared with New Guinea and nearby islands. This two-part program will be based on recent travels by Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen in both Australia and New Zealand. Part 1 will be a travelogue along the entire length of "mainland" New Zealand -- from Stewart Island in the south to the Hauraki Gulf at the north end of North Island -- exploring such highlights as the Southern Alps; penguins, albatrosses, and other seabirds, and the unique and highly threatened endemic landbirds. A common theme will be the extreme conservation efforts being taken to preserve New Zealand's bird diversity.
Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen have been HMBC members for nearly 30 years and over that time have become avid world birders. Gregg is the current HMBC President.