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  • 5 Oct 2016 7:30 pm

    BSG: Birding Colombia: Central and Santa Marta regions
  • ...presented by Mark Rubensohn.  Starting his talk in Bogota, Colombia, Mark will take you on a birdwatching tour through a myriad of different habitats and elevations and share some of the excitement and travails of traveling in this exotic destination. We will fly to Santa Marta and travel to the top of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which was recently the domain of the rebel anti-government groups, and then end at Riohaca lagoons.
    Mark grew up in South Africa where he was fortunate to be exposed to the abundant wildlife of Southern Africa. When Mark emigrated from South Africa he had a checklist of over 700 local species. Mark graduated as a veterinarian and worked in Namibia, Australia, Israel, South Africa, Calgary and Okotoks.
    He has birded in North America, Israel, Mexico, Cuba, Peru and Europe, and his most recent trip was to Colombia.
    After the presentation Mark will be happy to discuss recommendations for travel to Colombia.
  • 18 Oct 2016 7:30 pm

    Ticks in Alberta
  • Janet Sperling from the University of Alberta will talk about the types of ticks commonly encountered in Alberta, where you might expect to find them, and the types of bacteria associated with these ticks. Albertans often have run-ins with ticks, so it's important to know what to do if you end up as a meal for a tick. Janet is a PhD candidate at the Department of Biological Sciences, U of A, and board member of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation. Her research at the U of A focuses on detection of the bacteria associated with ticks.
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