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Birds Behind the Banana Republic: Avian Conservation in Honduras

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Presented in partnership with the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation

Robert Gallardo, Naturalist, Honduran bird guide and author, Bird Sounds of Honduras, Field Guide to the Birds of Celaque National Park, Field Guide to the Birds of Lake Yojoa, and the forthcoming Field Guide to the Birds of Honduras; co-founder, the Honduran Ornithological Association

Honduras, literally, great depths, sits at the heart of Central America. With the largest percentage of natural forest cover remaining in the region and much of the Central American continent’s largest wilderness, the country is a conservation hotspot and a mecca for migrating birds.

Photo credit: Keel-billed Motmot (c) Robert Gallardo

More than 200 avian species make their way to Honduras, with many spending up to seven months on critical wintering grounds. With so much forest cover, Nearctic-Neotropical migrants can be found everywhere. Over 745 species have been recorded, and though only one, the endangered Honduran Emerald, is a known endemic, the country holds vital populations of species such as the Great Green Macaw, Harpy Eagle, Snowy Cotinga, Keel-billed Motmot and the Ocellated Quail.

Robert Gallardo, leading authority on Honduran avifauna works to promote avian conservation projects in Honduras and is at work with noted bird illustrator, John Sill, on a field guide to depict all the country’s known species. In St. Louis for one night only, Robert showcases the rich and diverse birds of Honduras as he shares stories from nearly 20 years of adventures exploring remote Honduran landscapes to document 30 avian species never before recorded in this lush Central American country.

For more information on Robert and the Birds of Honduras, please visit his website at http://www.birdsofhonduras.com.

To be held at: Saint Louis Zoo Living World auditorium (north side of Zoo)

Parking is FREE in Zoo’s North Lot.

FREE & OPEN to ALL. Registration not required.

For more information call 314-533-8586 or email events@academyofsciencestl.org

Science Seminar Series Co-sponsored by:

Science Seminar Series underwritten in part through the generous support of Cooper Bussman.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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