Over the years more than volcanos have erupted in Nicaragua. There has been a considerable amount political turmoil for much of the country's history. But in the 1980's, things calmed down and since then, Nicaragua has made great strides in understanding its biodiversity, and showing it off to the rest of the world.
This month’s speaker, John Gerwin, research curator and educator of ornithology with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, has made 15 trips to Nicaragua often staying for 4+ weeks at a time. John began co-leading eco-tours to Nicaragua in 2005, along with some limited bird surveys. In 2012, he began collaborative research on the Golden-winged Warbler. His presentation will introduce us to some of the birds and other wildlife found among various "wildlife-friendly" coffee farms, along with highlights from his bird research. He’ll also discuss the coffee growing/harvesting process in Nicaragua and the criteria for some of the different certifications involved in producing bird friendly coffee and the burgeoning tourism industry in Nicaragua.
So join us on Thursday, October 5th at the Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.) to learn more about Nicaragua, its wildlife treasures. Come early, 6:45 PM, to enjoy some of the coffee produced on Nicaraguan plantations. Bring a mug and take some coffee for the drive home. Program will begin at 7:15 PM.