AUDUBON: Discussion to cover protecting Chilean birds

September 15, 2013 

Peter Hodum will talk about protecting the birds of Chile’s Juan Fernndez Islands as the featured speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Society. Hodum is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Puget Sound.

The island chain is 418 miles off the coast of Chile. Among the chain is Robinson Crusoe Island, home to an endemic and endangered hummingbird, the Juan Fernndez Firecrown. Only about 500 of the large hummingbirds, about 4 inches long, are thought to remain in the wild.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the program at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Membership meetings, held on the third Thursday of most months, are free and open to the public.

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