Audubon Presenting ‘Birding the Sky Islands of SE Arizona’

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Peter Hawrylyshyn returns to present his program via webinar “Birding the Sky Islands of SE Arizona.” Hawrylyshyn will guide attendees on a trip through this unique region using his amazing photos of its many unique bird species. Southeast Arizona hosts an abundance of birding sites as well as species that can be found nowhere else in the U.S. Join Hawrylyshyn at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3.

With the diversity of habitats and proximity to Mexico, the SE corner of Arizona has become legendary as a birding hot spot. Elusive species such as Elegant Trogon, Elf and Spotted Owls, Montezuma Quail, 5-Striped Sparrow and more than 13 species of Hummingbirds attract serious birders to visit each spring and fall. Hummingbirds are Hawrylyshyn’s preferred subjects to photograph. Using his superb photographs, the talk will focus on the unique biomes and climate of the region, the impact of global warming, the logistics of planning a trip and where/when to find many of the specialty species.

Hawrylyshyn has been a long-time winter visitor to Sanibel. Nature photography has long been a passion that takes him to amazing locations around the world. He has always had a love of the outdoors and birds. The advent of digital imaging allowed Hawrylyshyn to focus his interests on bird photography. His award-winning work has appeared on BBC Nature and Cornell’s Living Bird, and been published in numerous reference texts. He also hosts his own photo website and on Flickr.

This is the fifth of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society lectures to be held in 2022. Unlike our first two lectures, this week’s lecture’s format will be virtual due to the Omicron variant. To register for the webinar, go to the programs section of the San-Cap Audubon website up to five days prior to the specific webinar’s scheduled date and click on “JOIN” in that webinar’s description. After registration a link to that webinar will be emailed to you. Save that link until the day of the lecture as you will need it to join. Each webinar will have a different link. All are always welcome to join.

There is no charge to join the webinars. The typical source of San-Cap Audubon lecture support has been the $10.00 suggested attendee entrance donation for the pre-pandemic live presentations at the Sanibel Community House. It is suggested that webinar attendees donate directly by mail to the address on the web site home page or via PayPal. All donations are much appreciated and after costs are used to promote conservation on Sanibel, Captiva and in Florida. For additional information visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site.

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