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Birds & Islands with Bob Lewis: Program 3 of 4. Sahul - A Paradise for Birds

Birds & Islands with Bob Lewis: Program 3 of 4. Sahul - A Paradise for Birds

With a series of four talks about four very different island habitats, we’ll explore the importance of islands to avian evolution, including speciation and extinction.  As islands form, birds arrive and establish unique island populations.  Over time, they may evolve into new species, flourish in the absence of predators, or die off due to the impact of hurricanes or newly introduced predators.  We’ll look at a number of island endemic birds, talk a bit about geology and island formation, and consider the impact of man on bird survival.

Sahul - A Paradise for Birds

Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania are all part of the Australian geological plate, or Sahul. After a brief visit to O’Reilly’s, a wonderful jungle lodge near Brisbane, Australia, we’ll fly to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. Our route in PNG will take us from the lowlands in the south of the island to the highlands on the western border, and then on to Mount Hagen, a 12,000’ extinct volcano. New Guinea has 708 species of birds and 5 endemic families and is home to most species of spectacular Birds of Paradise and fascinating Bowerbirds. We’ll discuss a bit of geological history, a bit of taxonomy, and look at examples of many of PNG’s 70 bird families.

Bob Lewis trained as a chemist and worked in the energy industry for 33 years.  He’s taught birding classes in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years and is the past chair of Golden Gate Audubon’s Adult Education Committee.   His life bird list is over 4900 species, and he loves to travel.  He’s an award-winning photographer, focusing on birds, and has recently returned from South Africa and Namibia.  Bob was honored with American Birding Association’s Chandler Robbins Award for Education and Conservation in 2016 and GGAS’ Paul Covel Award for Education in 2017.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Please register in advance.
Registered patrons should arrive 30-10 minutes BEFORE event for seating.
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Sunday, November 17, 2019 Show more dates
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Edith Stone Room
Albany Library
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