Ecuadorian birds topic of presentation

Wildlife photgrapher Paul Tickner, on one of his trips to Ecuador, took this photo of a sword-billed hummingbird, the only bird known to have a bill longer than its body. The bird is found only in the higher elevations (mostly above 2,500 meters) of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

Colorado has an estimated 400 species of birds. Ecuador has an estimated 1,600. Guess the topic of Paul Tickner’s presentation.

Tickner, a multiple visitor to Ecuador, will present a free public presentation about that country’s birds to the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta.

Tickner said the country also “has 10 percent of all the plant species in the world and most of the species of frogs.”

The frogs will have to wait for the next talk.

WHAT: Paul Tickner on the birds of Ecuador.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 28.

WHERE: Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive, Delta.

COST: It’s free.

INFORMATION: Geoff Tischbein, 249-5215.


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