February Meeting of Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club

LIBERTY, February 4, 2016 – The February meeting of the Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club will be held on, Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at The FLNB Corner (1822 Sam Houston Av, Liberty, TX) across for the First Liberty National Bank. Directions: from Hwy. 90, turn north on Travis St. (between Kentucky Fried Chicken and Whataburger), cross over the railroad tracks - The FLNB Corner is at the intersection of Sam Houston Av. and Travis St. Be sure to come early at 9:30 a.m. for our “Birder’s Chat” time. If you have any questions call President Gary Holmes at 281-576-0574 or e-mail him at geholmes@verizon.net.

Our speaker for February will be John Whittle and his presentation will be on Birds of Central Panama.

This program will describe some of the birds of Central Panama seen on a trip in October 2015. Panama is a small country with barely one-tenth of the area of Texas, yet it boasts a bird list of about 980 species. The country runs east-west in a basically north-south oriented hemisphere. The western a section is adjacent to Costa Rica and shares much of the same birdlife, while the western section, known as Darien, is more rugged and adjacent to Colombia. The trip was to the central part of the country, on both sides of the Panama Canal. Much of the country away from the cities is rain forest, with bird life varying considerably according to elevation. The talk will be illustrated with photographs taken on the trip of some of the common and more cooperative species, including many species of hummingbird, some of the incredible number of tyrant flycatchers, lots of tanagers, as well as families restricted to the tropics, including various antbirds, woodcreepers, cotingas and puffbirds.

John Whittle is a retired Chemistry Professor who has been birding in Southeast Texas since 1983. He served on the National Audubon Society Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010, and on the Board of Audubon Texas from 1997 to 2010. He is currently Secretary of Golden Triangle Audubon Society.

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