Join Ken Burgener, world birder and founder of CarefreeBirding.com, on Thursday, Jan. 10 as he takes us on a unique trip to discover the intriguing birds and creatures inhabiting this exotic location.

Prior to this lecture in an adjoining room, Ken and Community House Chef Jarred Harris will host a separately charged Ecuadorian Dinner for those attendees who really want to get into the spirit of Ken's program. Contact the Community House for Ecuadorian dinner cost and details.

Come and participate in a birding adventure in Ecuador. Travel the high passes in the Andes Mountain to view hummingbirds, and to the depth of the oceans to swim with penguins. Experience the birds, plants, and animals from the central country to the Galapagos Islands.

The locals are very friendly and the birds are not at all nervous around people. This allows travelers to get some great pictures and memories. Bugs, boobies and other strange creatures will be featured in this talk.

The audience will have a change to participate in the adventure. After the great Ecuadorian dinner we will be entertained, amazed, and maybe even educated about this unique country.

Ken Burgener has worked with the National Audubon Society, as well as the Florida Audubon Society in their educational department, and served over five years as a board member of the Broward County Audubon Society. For more than 11 years, he has taught beginning birding to all ages.

Ken has given numerous talks to birding clubs, community groups and Road Scholar groups. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Geography from Florida Atlantic University and has been in the tour business for over 40 years.

He has taken thousands of people birding in the Florida Everglades and calls himself “an entertaining environmental educator”. He says, “I love to teach beginning birding because I can relate to the excitement of a beginner!

This is the second of nine Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lectures to be held in 2019 on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. As always, all are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and parking is available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area.

A $10 donation is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida. For additional information, call Bill Jacobson at (239) 395-1878 or visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site at www.san-capaudubon.org.