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Joao Jara “The Birds of Iberia”
February 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Please join us for our interesting monthly program and refreshments. There is a social period beginning at 6:30 pm with the meeting and program getting under way promptly at 7:00 pm.
This is a photographic presentation with an emphasis on why the Iberia Peninsula is such a special region in Europe and in the world, from the birds and wildlife point of view (including several endemic bird species). Other than nature, there are also numerous other interesting facets to explore in this fascinating region. We’ll also talk about some of the practical aspects, should you plan a visit.
João was born in Lisbon and studied biology at the Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, from where he developed his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry, as senior manager and director of various multinational companies. With some 35 years of field experience, he has an intimate knowledge of the birds and birding in Portugal. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas with birding as the main objective. João was a member of the board of SPEA (the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds, currently BirdLife in Portugal) and was a voting member of the Portuguese Rarities Committee from 2005 until 2011 and chairman of the committee from 2007 until 2011. Author and co-author of articles about birds, João has led many field tours (in Portugal, Spain and other destinations), as well as bird identification courses. In 2008, he launched the first Portuguese company totally dedicated to the organization of birdwatching tours, Birds & Nature Tours Portugal, being the responsible for the management of the company and also guiding many of its tours. Besides birds, he has an active special interest in amphibians, reptiles and fish.
Mark your calendars. Don’t miss this presentation!