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Duluth Audubon Society April Program
Thursday, April 10, 2014 7 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 West College Street, Duluth
Free and open to all

"Wildlife of the Pantanal ... Southern Brazil's "Serengetti of the Americas."
Presented by Carrol Henderson, Minnesota DNR Non Game Wildlife Supervisor. Join Carrol as he takes you on a journey to Brazil to experience the beautiful country and it's exotic birds.

The Pantanal of southern Brazil is an amazing wildland that excels in superlatives. It is the largest wetland in the world--the size of Georgia. It has the largest concentration of waterbirds in the world, and it is the best place to see the largest wild cat in the Americas--the jaguar. The Pantanal's abundance and diversity of wildlife and the ease of viewing and photographing that wildlife has given it the name the "Serengetti of the Americas." Carrol and Ethelle Henderson have led wildlife tours to Brazil's Pantanal in 1996, 2012, and 2013. Enjoy Carrol's photos of jaguars, giant otters, stunning hyacinth macaws, giant anteaters, monkeys, capybaras, owls, caimans, and dozens of colorful parakeets, toucans, and greater rheas in an area that sets a marvelous example of land conservation. Over 95% of the land is comprised of large cattle ranches where the owners provide wildlife viewing opportunities and protect all the wildlife including the jaguars. Only a few years ago the ranchers hired hunters to kill the jaguars because they killed and ate their cattle. Now the ranchers enjoy two incomes from their land: income from cattle ranching and from nature tourism. The Pantanal is also a migratory destination for North American birds like Osprey, Spotted Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Wilson's Phalarope.

Henderson is the author of eleven books including Woodworking for Wildlife, Landscaping for Wildlife, Wild About Birds: the DNR Bird Feeding Guide, and Field Guild to the Wildlife of Costa Rica. He is co-author of The Traveler's Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota, and Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality. Recent books include Oology and Ralph's Talking Eggs, Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly, a complete revision of Woodworking for Wildlife, and three new field guides on the wildlife of Costa Rica

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About Duluth Audubon Society

Duluth Audubon Society is celebrating its 39th year of promoting the enjoyment of birds, educating the public, and protecting habitat for our region’s diverse plant and animal species.  Established as the Duluth Bird Club in the early 1940s, we became a chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1972. Our mission is to promote education, conservation, and research focused on birds, and to preserve and enhance the ecological diversity of the greater Duluth area. 

As members of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, we believe in the power of collaborative grassroots efforts to protect and restore Minnesota’s  natural environment.  Please browse our website to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of birds and other species native to our unique urban wilderness.

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About Our Logo

We chose the birds in our logo to highlight the important role water and marshlands play in our region.  Ecosystems at the boundary between water and land are vital to so many of our birds, as well as other important wildlife species, but unfortunately many of these areas are also considered by humans as “prime real estate.”  In addition to development, many of our rivers, lakes, and marshes are being degraded by runoff from industry, households, and mines.

 

Despite these challenges, the Great Blue Heron has a conservation status of “Least Concern,”* partly because it was never over-hunted for its plumage, and also due to its greater tolerance for pesticides compared to other bird species.  The Heron prefers to nest in trees near water, and reminds us to keep our shore areas well-planted, preferably with trees and other plants native to our region.

 


photo of Yellow Rail by Dominic Sherony

Unfortunately, the Yellow Rail--a small, secretive, wetlands bird--has not fared as well as the Heron.  It is now a Minnesota Species of Greatest Conservation Need bird, as well as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Priority Species for this region.  The Yellow Rail breeds in shallow marshes and wet meadows, and its numbers have declined mainly due to habitat loss.  We hope that the establishment of the St. Louis River Estuary/Minnesota Point Important Bird Area will help expand this bird’s habitat.  Click here for more information on the Yellow Rail.

*According to the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN).

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