Program Information

Blue Ridge Audubon Program
Tuesday, October 19th at 7 p.m.

UNCA's Reuter Center and
Online at Blue Ridge Audubon's Facebook page
Colombia: A Birder’s Dream
with Clifton Avery
Colombia, South America has the highest avian diversity of any country in the world and is fast becoming one of the most sought after places for birders to visit. With almost 2,000 bird species (over half of all the bird species found in South America) and 314 different ecosystems, Colombia contains close to 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. Join Blue Ridge Audubon for a special talk by Colombia afficionado Clifton Avery as he takes us on a trip around the country. Clifton will highlight what makes Colombia so special for bird watching and natural history.  He will share his own extensive experiences of traveling and working in Colombia, and then reveal how the country will figure in his future. 

Since 2016, Clifton has worked as a biological field technician in the Wildlife Diversity agency of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. His primary duties are studying species of conservation concern, such as birds, flying squirrels, and Hellbender salamanders. His focal bird species include Golden-winged and Cerulean warblers, Peregrine Falcons, and Bald Eagles. Clifton is a 2014 graduate of Appalachian State University where he majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a focus in Ornithology. During one college semester, he worked for the Manu Bird Project in the Peruvian Amazon where he banded and nest searched for a wide range of avian species. He spent his final two summers of college working for Audubon North Carolina studying the Golden-winged warbler on its breeding grounds in northwestern NC.  Clifton has also worked as a guide for Ventures Birding Tours since graduating from college.

Did you miss our September program?
Staunch Defenders or Clueless Parents:
How Carolina Chickadees Respond to Invasive House Wrens
with Prof. Olya Milenkaya
Watch it here on our Facebook page.
(A Facebook account is not required.)

All Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter programs are free and open to the public.