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WAS programs are free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Programs are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. Please note: The Matthaei Botanical Gardens charges for parking at the rate of $1.20 an hour, enforced 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Members of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum park for free.

Birds, Beasts, and Beliefs....Incredible India!

icon date2 Wednesday, September 19, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Cathy Theisen takes us along on a photo journey from southern India's Nagarhole National Park north to Binsar Forest Reserve, near the Nepali border. In the hot dry season just before the monsoons arrive, predator and prey mix together along any river or waterhole edge, allowing for extended sightings and behavioral study. Bengal tigers, Hornbills, Asian Elephants, Treepies, Minivets, Fantails, Barbets, Laughingthrushes, and Painted Spurfowl are just some of the myriad species spread across this fantastic landscape. From lush green deciduous forest in the south, to rugged, arid landscapes in the northwest, to the mystical ancient rhododendron forests of the Himalayan foothills, this tour covers it all.

Cathy Theisen, DVM, is a veterinarian in the Ann Arbor area, and teaches veterinary technology at Baker College in Jackson.

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Birding Borneo

icon date2 Wednesday, October 17, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join Bryn Martin for yet another fabulous Washtenaw Audubon international field trip, to Borneo, the third largest island in the world, and home to one of Earth’s oldest rainforests. With 688 species of birds, including 59 endemics, and such interesting mammals as Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey, and Bornean Gibbon, expect great diversity in wildlife.

Bryn Martin is an avid international birder, Washtenaw Audubon’s field trip coordinator, and teaches high school in Livonia.

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South Africa: Birds and Game

icon date2 Wednesday, November 14, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

South Africa is a vast and diverse land with 840+ bird species of which 164 are endemics, with hundreds of mammals as well. More importantly, birds and mammals are easy to find and observe. A 23 day visit gave me the opportunity to find 450+ bird species and almost 50 mammals, including the big five. For this we visited all the key South African habitats: fynbos around the Cape and the dry Karoo on the West. Also, we took a pelagic trip to the rich waters where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. On the East we started with the spectacular mountains of the Drakensberg and visited the kingdom of Lesotho. Finally, we visited the tropical coast in Zululand, the Wakkerstroom grasslands, and Kruger's raptor and mammal-rich savannas.

Rodolfo Palma is a native of Chile and settled in the USA after getting his Ph.D. in engineering in the 1980s. In the early 2000s, after borrowing binoculars from a local park ranger and attending a Washtenaw Audubon event, Rodolfo got hooked and has been birding ever since. He has birded in 16 countries and his birds photographed list approaches 2500 species, even though Rodolfo still considers himself a beginner birder, saying you do not have to be a Michael Jordan to like basketball, the same applies to birding.

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