Location: Niles Discovery Church 36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536 (corner of Nursery Ave. and Niles Blvd.)
Presenter: Bob Lewis
Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania are all part of the Australian geological plate, or Sahul. Bob will discuss a bit of geological history, a bit of taxonomy, and look at examples of many of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) 70 bird families.
Our virtual journey begins with a brief visit to O’Reilly’s, a wonderful jungle lodge near Brisbane, Australia. Next, we will travel to Port Moresby, the capital PNG. Our route in PNG will take us from the lowlands in the south of the island to the highlands on the western border, and then on to Mount Hagen, a 12,000’ extinct volcano. PNG has 708 species of birds and 5 endemic families, and is home to most species of spectacular Birds of Paradise and fascinating Bowerbirds.
Bob’s second career is very avian. He has served on the GGAS board where he led the Adult Education Committee. He is an award-winning photographer and world traveler, and frequent public speaker on avian topics at libraries and Audubon Societies. Bob co teaches Master Birding, Avian Evolution and Bay Area Birds, and his bird life list stands at 4992. He is hoping to reach 5000 on GGAS’ Namibia tour in August.