CASPIAN—The Lee LeBlanc Chapter of the Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Iron County Historical Museum in Caspian. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.
Jim Anderson, a naturalist from New London, Wis., will present a program titled Under the Triple Canopy – Birding Costa Rica.
An Audubon spokesman said that bird watching has become big business. Beyond the costs of appropriate clothing, footgear, quality optics and photographic equipment, more and more bird enthusiasts are choosing to travel well outside U.S. borders to reap vast new sources of avian life. The extensive tropical rain forest covering much of Costa Rica has become a mecca for birders wishing to locate and identify some of the most colorful and unusual birds in the western hemisphere. Once known mainly for its quality coffee, this tiny Central American country has, over the past few decades, capitalized on the demands of eco-tourists eager to seek out jungle wildlife, birds in particular.
Anderson served as the director of Outagamie County’s popular Mosquito Hill Nature Center for nearly 30 years. He introduced thousands of students and adults to the world of birds and their adaptations to life in the air, on land and on water. He has led birding group tours throughout the Midwest, to Arizona, Texas, Colorado and to international destinations including Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. His professional accomplishments ‘strictly for the birds’ include being past president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and chairman of the 2001 and 2003 Midwest Birding Symposiums held in Green Bay, Wis.
Anderson’s presentation will not only address birds of the rainforest but also cultural differences and customs contributing to a loss of many tropical species, some of which summer in Wisconsin and the U.P. He will also offer useful tips for travel and birding in an underdeveloped country, often under less than comfortable environmental conditions associated with double and triple canopy forest.
He lives in New London with his wife Jody, their son Parker and daughter Celia. However, much of their time is spent in Iron River where skiing and ski patrolling are high priorities for the family in winter.