Orange Audubon Society
Thursday,February 15, 2018
Birds of Panama
by Clyde Stephens
Clyde Stephens spent 32 years in sweltering plantation backwaters in his career working on banana insect pests and their natural enemies. In 1959, newly graduated from the University of Florida, he secured his job with United Fruit Company, now Chiquita Brands International. He was posted to Bocas del Toro province in Panama, on the Caribbean coast near the Costa Rican border. This area was disconnected from the outside world (until road connections came in the 1980s). Clyde quickly fell in love with the birds and other nature of the area, as well as local cultures and history.
This gregarious frontiersman and fifth-generation Floridian is now a world renowned banana expert and author of four books on the history of that region of Panama. With his wife, Phyllis, whom he met and married in 1963 while in Honduras, Clyde spends eight months of the year in Lake County. For six years he coordinated field trips for Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society. The couple spend the other four months in Panama.
Orange Audubon Society is in for a treat, as Clyde shares with us about bird behavior, habitats and biodiversity of some of the 976 bird species recorded from Panama and shares personal experiences living in the tropics. The talk will be infused with history of the rise and fall of a banana empire. Join us February 15th for a fascinating program.
For additional information, (407) 637-2525.
Programs are free and no reservations are necessary. Sponsored by Orange Audubon Society. Programs are held in the Camellia Room of Leu Gardens,1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando
For directions, visit: http://www.leugardens.org/plan/directions.htm.
Orange Audubon Society's
30th Annual Kit and Sidney Chertok
Florida Native Photography Contest deadline is April 19, 2018
(postmarked or electronically submitted by date)
See the Winners of 2017 (29th Annual)
Click here to see the 2017 winners
Chimney Swift Tower
at Orlando Wetlands Park
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