“Birding and Beyond in Cuba” by Paul Baicich- will allow us to “visit” a number of key bird-locations on the island – Viñales, Zapata, Guanahacabibes, Cayo Coco, Baracoa, Topes de Collantes, and Havana – as well as examine opportunities for “connecting” with our counterparts in Cuba. We will look at these fascinating birds, places, and people in terms of advancing bird-education, conservation, and responsible eco-tourism. Paul has been lucky enough to have visited the island nine times and hopes to convey to you some of the birds, nature, and potential that can be found on there, one of our country’s closest neighbors.
Paul J. Baicich (pronounced base-itch) has been an active birder since his early teens in New York City. His concerns include an abiding interest in bird conservation and policy, as well as studies in avian breeding biology, waterfowl, and the practice of bird feeding over the decades. Among his many activities, he worked for the American Birding Association in multiple roles, has worked for the National Wildlife Refuge System on a consultant basis on issues of popular birding and parallel refuge receptiveness, and has led (or co-led) trips from Alaska to Cuba. In addition, Paul co-edits (with Wayne Petersen) the popular monthly Birding Community E-bulletin and writes a regular column, “Quick Takes,” for Bird Watcher’s Digest. In 2014, Paul received the Ducks Unlimited “Wetland Conservation Achievement Award” in the category of Communications.
Club programs with be presented online using ZOOM. The portal will open at 7 pm. At 7:30 pm there will be a few brief announcements and then the program will begin. Go to the Howard County Bird Club website under the Club Programs and Field Trips page for details and registration procedures. https://howardbirds.website/