Join the Anne Arundel County Bird Club for their monthly meeting
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the
Quiet Waters Park, Blue Heron Center
Exploring New Guinea’s Lost Worlds and Elusive Birds of Paradise
Speaker: Dr. Bruce Beehler, Naturalist and Explorer
In this popular lecture illustrated with still and video images, Smithsonian naturalist Bruce Beehler describes his nearly four decades of field study of the birds and rainforests of the great island of New Guinea.
The presentation will feature a review of the remarkable diversity of the birdlife inhabiting New Guinea, as well as a focused look at the birds of paradise and the amazing plumages and behaviors of the various species in this unique bird family.
In addition, the presentation will take the audience on a field expedition to the Foja Mountains of western New Guinea – perhaps the most isolated and untouched place on planet earth. The scientists on the expedition risked their lives and suffered various hardships but came away with more than a hundred species of plants and animals new to science. This includes some of the most bizarre creatures on earth – a ‘lost’ bird of paradise, a golden-maned bowerbird unique to this tiny mountain range, a wattled honeyeater-bird that blushes when upset, an egg-laying spiny mammal without teeth , and a scary five-pound giant rat.