Event: SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Costa Rica Birding at Tropical Teen Week Camp

Hoffman Room, The San Diego Foundation – Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Ryan Andrews, San Diego.

In December 2016, the National Audubon Society held its first Hog Island Tropical Teen Week Camp in Costa Rica. Ryan Andrews attended the camp through a scholarship provided by Palomar Audubon Society. The camp took place in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica, the most biologically diverse region of Costa Rica, with more than 500 species of birds possible. Based at Selva Verde Lodge, Ryan saw over 200 species of birds, ranging from secretive tinamous to gaudy toucans. In addition to almost nonstop birding, the trip included presentations on birding in the tropics, conservation efforts, a rafting trip, and even a reforestation project one afternoon. Teens also learned about the importance of protecting biological corridors on neotropical migrants’ wintering grounds. There were countless fantastic sightings and moments on this trip, from the birds to the butterflies.

Ryan Andrews is a 17 year old birder who became interested in birds at a very young age, thanks to the family bird feeder. His interests in birds grew immensely as he attended Audubon walks and in 2014 Palomar Audubon Society sent him to the ABA’s Camp Colorado. In 2015, he was one of six scholarship recipients who attended the Western Field Ornithologists Conference in Billings, Montana. In 2016, he again received a scholarship from Palomar Audubon Society to attend Audubon’s Hog Island Tropical Teen Week in Costa Rica. Ryan currently resides in Valley Center in northern San Diego County, where he loves to look for birds when he’s not busy with school.