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SB Audubon Evening Program: Birding Peru with 4 Guides from 4 Continents

January 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Presented by Satie Airame and Jeff Chemnick
Peru’s Manu Road, known popularly as “the birdiest road in the world” spans an enormous elevational gradient from 500 to 11,500 feet, including high Andes, puna grassland, cloud forest, montane forest, and lowland Amazon Forest. These diverse habitats are protected in Manu National Park, where more than 1,000 bird species live in and around the park.

Ecologist and nature photographer Satie Airame, together with cycad expert and eco-tour guide Jeff Chemnick, birded the Manu Road for the first time in June 1999. Twenty years later, in May 2019, they returned with 3 birding guides from 3 continents: Alfred Twinomujuni from Uganda, Phub Dorji from Bhutan, and Raphael Santos from Brazil. This multinational birding team never met before but bonded quickly over their shared passion and expertise.

In 3 weeks, the team saw and heard 538 bird species and photographed many birds in their natural habitats.

Enjoy an inspiring photographic journey about birds of Manu with informative and colorful narration by Airame and Chemnick. Photos contributed by Satie Airame, Raphael E. F. Santos and Phub Dorji.

Satie Airame is Assistant Dean for Academic Programs at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.As scientific advisor from 2000-2010 to NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Marine Life Protection Initiative, Satie contributed to the design of marine protected areas around the Channel Islands and throughout California’s coastal waters. Satie received a PhD in ecology from the University of Chicago in 1999.

Jeff Chemnick is a research associate at Ganna Walska Lotusland, and an authority on Mexican cycads. He owns and operates Aloes in Wonderland, a specialty nursery in Santa Barbara, where he has lived since 1981. Jeff leads botanical and ornithological ecotours throughout Mexico. His world bird life list is in excess of 5,100 species.

Doors open at 7:00 pm – join us for refreshments


January 22
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Santa Barbara Audubon Society
(805) 964-1468


Farrand Hall, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 United States
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(805) 964-1468

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