Learn about Australian birds at PEEC

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By Special to the Monitor


Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on a journey to the land down under, as they view the birds of Eastern Australia and Tasmania through a visitor’s lens.  

Bandelier’s Stephen Fettig will show highlights of his birding trip to these distant lands from 7-8 p.m. March 28 at PEEC.

Australia is often best known as the land of pouched mammals such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats and the Tasmanian devil. 

But for those interested in songbirds, Australia can be an equally interesting place. Based on the most current DNA evidence, Gondwana was likely the birthplace of the earliest songbirds. 

Today, Australia contains songbirds from families that originated before Gondwana broke into Antarctica, South America, Africa, Madagascar and the Australian continent.

Fettig, a wildlife biologist at Bandelier, recently took a three-week trip through New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania to see these historically significant bird lands.  The bulk of his travel was spent photographing exotic birds for his travelog. 

Fettig will share these pictures, information about the birds he saw, and stories of his travels.

For more information, contact PEEC at pajaritoEEC.org, 662-0460, or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.