Berkeley: Thursday, January 18
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program
Blood Pheasant by Josh Engel
There is an air of mystery about the Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the rugged Himalayas, where legends of dragons and yetis abound. Despite being sandwiched between the world’s two most populous countries, it maintains a fierce independence and a unique culture deeply rooted in its Buddhist heritage. Bhutan is also a country with a strong conservation ethic and an extensive system of national parks that protects the many birds and mammals unique to the eastern Himalayas.
Imagine searching for hornbills, wren-babblers, laughingthrushes, rosefinches, pheasants, and other Asian avian delights with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and traditional architecture! This presentation will take you from the lowland forests at the Indian border to the high mountain passes strewn with prayer flags.
Josh Engel, the founder of Red Hill Birding, has led birding trips on four continents and conducted research around the world. He is also an ornithologist at the Field Museum in Chicago.