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Honduras: Birding The Depths
Thursday 08 March 2018, 07:00pm - 08:30pm
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Club meeting at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA at 7:00 pm.  Last year LCBC helped to sponsor Ian Gardner on a rapid avian assessment in Honduras.  Ian will present a program on this expedition in Honduras. This past January, the CACAO Expedition went to two understudied and threatened regions of eastern Honduras: Reserva Biologica Rus Rus in La Moskitia, and Parque Nacional Botaderos in Olancho. They met with local conservationists, learned about the regional natural history and environmental threats, and documented both resident and neotropical migrant birds, including significant range expansions for several species.  CACAO stands for Cooperative Avian Conservation and Outreach, a multinational collective of ornithologists, tour guides, conservationists, and journalists interested in making connections with local communities and conducting rapid assessments of birds in understudied areas of Honduras. It is also the colloquial name for the Red-throated Caracara, a charismatic and locally declining raptor in Central America.

Ian Gardner earned his B.S. degree in Wildlife Conservation at Juniata College, and his M.S. degree in Forest Resources at Penn State University. He's spent the last 2 years working as a Wildlife Technician at Fort Indiantown Gap, where he specialize in birds, plants, and moths. For the last year he has helped found the Partners in Neotropical Bird Conservation (PiNBC), a volunteer group of conservationists interested in studying and conserving neotropical migrants and their habitats by working with local communities and conducting rapid assessments in at-risk natural areas. The latest project for PiNBC was the CACAO Expedition.

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