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VINS presents neotropical migrant birds lecture

Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.—QUECHEE—The Vermont Institute of Natural Science will host a fascinating and informative lecture, “Neotropical Migrant Birds: Why conservation in Panama matters in Vermont,” on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. The lecture, free and open to the public, discusses habitat loss of migratory birds such as the warblers, flycatchers, and raptors. Deemed as some of the most enjoyable and anticipated birds to watch during the spring and summer here in Vermont, these migrants spend, in fact, most of their lives not in Vermont but in the New World tropics (“Neotropics”) including Mexico, Central and South America.
In the rapidly developing economy of the Republic of Panama, logging and land development is causing forest fragmentation and habitat loss. Conservation of land and wildlife that depends on it is made even more difficult due to a lack of public funds and government commitment.
Join VINS for an evening of photographs, sounds, and videos of a tropical paradise in danger presented by Ezekiel Jakub, executive director and ornithologist, and Melva Olmos, president and jaguar biologist of Conservación Panamá. Learn about their work in neotropical migrant conservation, and find out what you can do to help conserve these spectacular bird species.
Conservación Panamá Inc. is a Greenfield, Mass. registered 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to conservation research in Panama.
A donation of $10 is suggested; donations will be shared between VINS and Conservación Panamá.
For information, visit or call 802-359-5000.

Photo by G. Becerra
Canada Warbler is one of many migrant birds faced with habitat loss in the tropics.

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