Join a Naturalist to Visit the Galapagos Islands
at our April 5 Meeting
Known also as the “Enchanted Islands” at the time of Darwin’s visit in 1835, the Galapagos Islands are still a place of enchantment for the naturalist today. We will see the islands’ wildlife with naturalist Jeffrey Hall at the Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, April 5. His program is titled “Blue-footed, Red-billed, and Magnificent: a Galapagos Adventure.”
This volcanic archipelago on the Equator was settled by a few species of plants and animals. Over the millennia, these took advantage of the many available ecological niches to evolve into the Galapagos inhabitants that can be seen going about their lives today, unafraid of humans, each adapted to its unique setting. This program will highlight many Galapagos denizens, from Blue-footed Boobies and Darwin’s finches to Sally Lightfoot Crabs and marine iguanas.
Jeffrey is president of Bartramian Audubon Society and is active in Seneca Rocks Audubon Society. His articles and photos have appeared in many publications including Living Bird, NJ Audubon, Underwater Naturalist, Cassinia, and the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology’s website.
He has presented more than 100 programs for birding, nature, and photography groups, and is an instructor at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Slippery Rock University. A retired biology teacher, he lives in Franklin, Pennsylvania. This is his second program for the Three Rivers Birding Club.
The meeting will be held on April 5, 2017 at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing, a business meeting begins at 7:30, and the program starts at 8:00.
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- August 2 Wayne Laubscher, a Pennsylvania birder and photographer, will describe winter birding in Ontario.
- October 4 Noah Strycker, who did a record-breaking 2015 Global Big Year will share stories of his round-the-world experiences.