Travel Program Speaker: Colombia’s Biodiversity

When: Thursday, August 31 @ 7pm

Where: Zoom

Description: Please join us  for a special GGBA Travel Program Speakers Series Zoom talk. Our presenter will be Christopher Calonje, who founded Colombia Birdwatch in 2009 to promote sustainable tourism in his native Colombia.

Boasting an eBird list of 276 species, Araucana is like a little version of Colombia itself, the birdiest country on earth, with 1,930 species—almost 20% of the world’s total in 1% of its landmass, with new species still being discovered and new records being announced regularly. It is easy to see why. Colombia is tropical yet it also has ample elevation changes due to the Andes; furthermore it has both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Lots of different habitats ensure an abundance of bird species.

About Our Speaker

A Humboldt State University graduate, he has led hundreds of tours in all regions of Colombia. Chris devotes his time to various non-profit conservation groups and local communities. He’s the owner of Araucana Lodge, the setting for one of our GGBA tours in Colombia.

And Chris will be co-leading a shorebird walk at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland on September 2 —watch our website
and trip posts for more details as we get closer to that date.

Zoom Link:

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