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Birding the Lesser Antilles

September 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Bob and Dana Fox visited 10 islands in the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands in the southeast Caribbean in 2020. Their talk will discuss the amazing geology of the region, its rich history of sugar plantations and rum making and its wonderful birds. These islands exhibit a high degree of endemism and each island introduced them to many new and interesting species and varied sub-species.

Magnificent Frigatebird, by Bob and Dana Fox.

They visited four of the islands on their own with local guides moving from island to island by ferry or plane. They then flew to Barbados and boarded the elegant Sea Cloud, a four-masted sailing vessel from which they explored the remaining five islands. It was a fascinating trip which they managed to squeeze in just before the pandemic changed the world.

Bio: Dana and Bob Fox both began bir ding in their youth. They have birded the US (list 750 species) and the world (6300 species) visiting 6 continents and over 40 countries. They have given numerous talks in MA and NH about the birds of countries they have visited. Dana has spent 50+ summers in NH where she became fascinated by loons. The Loon Preservation Committee presented her with their Spirit of the Loon Award. She is a past Secretary of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, Past President of the Merrimack Valley Bird Club and frequent speaker. She has written articles on birding and crows in the American Birding Association’s Birding magazine and one on the Lawrence Crow Roost in Bird Observer. Bob has co-authored Birds of New Hampshire, a 477 page book describing the status and distribution of birds known from NH (2013). He has published in A uk and Wilson Bulletin, written species accounts for the first MA Breeding Bird Atlas as well as articles in publications of both NH and Mass Audubon Societies. His MA species list is 451. In the past, Bob collected specimens for five museums including Museum of Comparative Zoology. In addition, he helped found Manomet Bird Observatory, and is past President of South Shore Bird Club. He received the Goodhue-Elkins Award (2014) from NH Audubon for “contributions to the ornithology of NH”. This is the Seacoast Chapter annual business meeting for the election of executive board officers.

The Seacoast Chapter meets monthly on the second Wednesday except the months of July and August unless there is a special program. 7 pm social and the meetings begin at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted (entrance doors locked at 7:45 pm). The public is welcome free of charge. Meetings are held at the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park, Route 1A, Rye, NH. Wheelchair accessible. For more information on chapter programs, please contact: Dan Hubbard, (603) 332-4093 or [email protected] Cancellations will be posted on The Seacoast Chapter web site: http://www.seacoastchapter.org.

Details

Date:
September 8
Time:
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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Venue

Seacoast Science Center
Odiorne State Park, Route 1A
Rye, NH United States

Organizer

Seacoast Chapter
Email:
mnutter@nhaudubon.org
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