Date: 3/1/18 7:28 am
From: Bettina Heffner <BettinaHef...>
Subject: Lancaster Co Bird Club mtg on Thursday, 3/8/18; Ian Gardner on Hondurus
The Lancaster County Bird Club (LCBC) will meet Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA.

Last year LCBC helped to sponsor Ian Gardner on a rapid avian assessment in Honduras. Ian will present a program on this expedition. This past January, the Cooperative Avian Conservation and Outreach Expedition (CACAO) went to two understudied and threatened regions of eastern Honduras. They met with local conservationists, learned about the regional natural history and environmental threats and documented both resident and neotropical migrant birds, including significant range expansions for several species. CACAO is a multinational collective of ornithologists, tour guides, conservationists, and journalists interested in making connections with local communities and conducting rapid assessments of birds in understudied areas. It is also the colloquial name for the Red-throated Caracara, a charismatic and locally declining raptor in Central America.

Ian earned his B.S. degree in Wildlife Conservation at Juniata College and his M.S. degree in Forest Resources at Penn State University. He's spent the last 2 years working as a Wildlife Technician at Fort Indiantown Gap, where he specializes in birds, plants and moths. For the last year he has helped found the Partners in Neotropical Bird Conservation (PiNBC), a volunteer group of conservationists interested in studying and conserving neotropical migrants and their habitats by working with local communities and conducting rapid assessments in at-risk natural areas. The latest project for PiNBC was the CACAO Expedition.

A short business meeting will precede the program. The public is invited to attend free of charge and may call 717-393-2546 or 717-984-2738 with questions. More information about the club can be found on its website at<> and on Facebook @ Lancaster Bird Club.

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