A Birding Trip to Ecuador

EcuadorEcuador is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world with habitats attracting over 1,500 bird species, which is one-sixth of all bird species on the planet.  It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise and one of the world destinations for nature enthusiasts and birders who want to add hundreds of new birds to their life list.

Have you ever thought about traveling to another continent to experience the local avifauna?  Come to the Library at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, February 27, 2014, for Matt Gearheart’s presentation, Birding in Ecuador to learn about his trip to magnificent southern Ecuador. 

Matt is a Kansas native and an experienced birder.  He is the current Vice President of the Kansas Ornithological Society, a trustee of Audubon of Kansas, and an eBird reviewer for most of the counties in eastern Kansas.  Matt will share stories and photos from his recent trip and will tell us just how many birds he added to his life list.

The Birding in Ecuador program is just one of a series of terrific nature-themed presentations co-sponsored by the Topeka Audubon Society, whose mission is “to inspire people to appreciate birds and other wildlife, and to encourage conservation of natural habitats.”  These programs are free and everyone is welcome.

Ecuador birds Gearheart

Ecuador quick facts:

  • Ecuador is about the size of Colorado.
  • The country is on the equator and has two seasons:  summer (hot and wet) and winter (drier and cooler).
  • The Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador, is where you can see Darwin’s finches.
  • Over 100 species of hummingbirds can be observed in Ecuador.

(photos by Matt Gearheart)




Kimberly Sain

As a Public Services Specialist, in addition to Reference work I promote the Travel, Pets, and Lawn & Garden neighborhoods, coordinate nature-themed programs for adults and families, and serve on the Big Read planning committee. My interests include exploring new travel destinations, hiking trails in Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas, birding, Sandhill cranes, Monarch waystations, native Kansas plants, citizen science activities, and reading nature essays about Alaska and the Brooks Range. Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is my all-time favorite novel.