Kent Library’s Fall 2012 Athenæum Series presents: Birds and Birding in Ecuador

On Wednesday, October 17th at 12:00 noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Dr. William Eddleman, Vice Provost & Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, will present Birds and Birding in Ecuador.

Ecuador has the highest known bird diversity of any comparable area in the world, tallied at between 1600 and 1700 species (as opposed to roughly 700 for the whole of North America). Likely reasons for this diversity are a benign climate, extreme altitudinal variation in a small region (sea level to over 18,000 feet), and matching diversity of habitats.

This presentation will discuss many of the species seen by Dr. Eddleman and his companions in January 2012, some of the sites visited in northern Ecuador, and conservation issues with these birds.  Problems the avifauna in Ecuador are facing and will face in the future include habitat loss due to mineral extraction and development, needs of subsistence farmers past land policies, and climate change.   For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum.shtml.”

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