Gary “Eduardo” Perless, AAS Education Chair and veteran Latin America traveler, shares photos and field notes from his travels and volunteer work in southern Peru. We’ll vicariously visit diverse tropical habitats at several different elevations, from lowland Amazonian rainforest, to mid-level cloud forest, to high elevation montane forest and grassland, meeting some of the typical birds in each habitat.
Gary will highlight his work in Santuario de la Veronica, a Peruvian-run conservation area, weaving in stories about his visits to a condor recovery project, a bird-friendly shade-grown coffee plantation, biological research stations, and the ruins of Machu Picchu. As a bonus, he’ll update us on his volunteer efforts closer to home, teaching local school kids here about birds and ecology. Free and open to the public.