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Rainier hosts a monthly program on the third Monday of each month, September through June. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments and good conversation are available. The program begins at 7:00 PM.

Programs are free and open to all! Come and bring your friends.

May 15, Monday
Meeting begins at 7:00 pm

The Amazing Birds &People of Ecuador

Left to right: Cheryl, Pat, Marie, and Barbara

Have you ever dreamed of traveling the world in search of beautiful birds? If so, Ecuador should be one of the first countries you visit. The Northwest Slopes of the Ecuadorean Andes Mountains boast a spectacular Choco-Andean bioregion that offers extraordinary diversity and unsurpassed endemic bird species. It also has the greatest hummingbird, antpitta and tanager show on earth!

Cheryl, Pat, Barbara and Marie explored and enjoyed this area with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) in November of 2015. We stayed at lovely Septimo Paraiso Lodge in the cloud forest which provided great access to prime birding locales in this diverse region.

Besides experiencing the fabulous birds there, we saw firsthand how many of the local people, native and nonnative, are working hard to reforest or save large sections of the jungle from “big agriculture and oil interests” and foster a culture of ecotourism.

Two important pioneers in this effort are Paul Greenfield, illustrator of the “Birds of Ecuador”, and his friend and business partner, Juan Veintimilla. Paul served as one of our outstanding tour guides and Juan was the trip’s “ground operator” who made sure we made all of our connections and kept things running smoothly. Together they founded the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation and over the years have reforested and preserved thousands of acres of jungle. The Foundation now owns and operates six forest reserves at different altitudinal levels for conservation and ecotourism.

It was fascinating birding with them every day and meeting all kinds of amazing people who are working industriously to save bird and wildlife habitat in Ecuador. It was truly inspirational!

Please join us as we share photos of some of the fantastic birds we saw and tell stories about some of the awesome people we met.

Join us at 6:30 for conversation and refreshments