DEEP: CT DEP and Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society Presents “Colombia’s Avian Treasures”

February 23, 2011
CT DEP and Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society Presents "Colombia’s Avian Treasures"

The Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society, Inc., in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Kellogg Environmental Center will host a program titled Colombia’s Avian Treasures at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby, Connecticut.  Gina Nichol from Sunrise Birding in Branford will lead the presentation.

The avian riches of Colombia are legendary.  With a least 1870 species, Colombia has more species than any country in the world.  The country holds at least 73 endemics and 21 species new to science discovered since the first major field guide was published in 1986.  From a birding perspective, the opportunities here are unsurpassed.  Until now, Colombia has been off limits to birders.  Security concerns have kept Colombia closed for decades.  In recent years, efforts by the Colombian government and military to address safety problems have significantly improved the situation and Colombia is now open to birding! 

Gina Nichol has spent the better part of two months birding Colombia in 2009 and has been working with the Colombian government and ornithological community to develop tours to this bird rich country.  This program will reveal the avian riches of this once taboo birding destination and depict what it is like to bird Colombia with vivid photographs of many of the colored species in this wonderful country.

The Kellogg Environmental Center is a facility of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and is located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT.  A donation of $4.00/adult and $2/student or child is requested. Light refreshments will be served.  For further information, directions or to register, phone the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or contact Dennis Kocyla at (203) 734-9325 or