Take an armchair birding trip around the globe at the January meeting. Join Cincinnati birder Ann Oliver for a birding travelogue across six continents. Travel may sound glamorous, but it’s not when you’ve been swarmed by biting ants in Thailand (thank heavens for long sleeves!), been nearly unable to open your eyes from seasickness during a Chilean pelagic, or been downwind of a cow carcass at a Vulture Feeding Station in Cambodia. But birds make the journey worthwhile including a curious, Sword-billed Hummingbird investigating my red floral-patterned boots in Ecuador! Information on how to keep travel costs low will include a few lodging recommendations such as a rustic, $25/night Costa Rica cabin adjacent a mangrove swamp with nearby roosting Spectacled Owls. Countries visited: Australia, Borneo, Cambodia, Chile, China (Hong Kong), Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Guatemala, Iceland, The Netherlands, Tanzania, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.
Ann’s mother pointed out birds to the family throughout her childhood in southern Ohio, but it wasn’t until Ann was on a 1995 mission trip to Zimbabwe with Earthwatch International that she developed the birding ‘bug”. Back in the US, her true spark bird (Yellow-shafted Flicker) then altered her life a short time later during an Audubon Education Camp in Connecticut. Ann signed up for the Audubon Society of Ohio’s introductory birding class (inspiringly taught by Jay Stenger!) and has been enjoying/exploring avian diversity ever since! Ann recently celebrated her 60th birthday with a lifer Harpy Eagle during a two-week birding trip to Panama!
Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.
Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.