Event: NSAS September Monthly Meeting and Speaker Series: Birding in Ecuador with David & Denise Hamilton

Date: Thursday September 08, 2022

Time: 7:00 PM

Denise & David Hamilton will share photos and experiences from their trip to Ecuador in June of 2019 on the San Jorge Eco-Lodges and Botanical Preserves Birding Tour. (NSAS Event)


We will kick off our September Meeting in a new HYBRID form!

1st: September’s In-Person meeting will be held at:

The Napa Valley Lutheran Church located at 1796 Elm St. Napa, CA.


2nd: Those viewing from afar or unable to travel in the evening can tune in via Zoom.

(See Zoom connection details below.)

Thursday, September 8, 2022: Birding in Ecuador with Denise & David Hamilton In June of 2019, David & Denise visited Ecuador for the San Jorge Eco-Lodges and Botanical Preserves’ Seniors Birding Tour. This meant birding before breakfast, and then more birding between breakfast and lunch, with a return to the lodge for an afternoon rest or birding on your own. This was a tour meant for up to 8 people, but when they arrived in Ecuador, they discovered that they were the only 2 on the tour and, in fact, were the only ones staying at all 3 lodges! They ended up with our own personal bird guide, and often ended up with a very late lunch! The tour took them from 1,650 feet in the lowland subtropical forest, to 12,120 feet in the Paramo/high barren plains. On the 16-day tour, they observed a total of 291 species, including 37 species of hummingbirds, 44 species of tanagers, the Andean Condor, and more! At September’s meeting, they will share some of their photos and stories from this amazing experience!

Meet the Presenters: David and Denise Hamilton are members of Napa-Solano Audubon and have been birders for the past 42 years. Both grew up in southern California; Denise enjoyed birds from the start, but David didn’t catch the bug until they got married in 1980 and moved to Minnesota. David finished school there, and Denise finally got to see her first Northern Cardinal. Then they saw an Indigo Bunting followed by a Baltimore Oriole, and were hooked! They spent the next five years on the northern prairies of Montana, living with birds that many still have on their “want-to-see list”; this really helped spark their passion. Since then, they’ve travelled around the USA, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Romania, Australia (twice), South Africa, and Ecuador. Their Napa backyard bird list for the past 22 years is at 142 species, including 6 species of hummingbirds, 10 species of warblers, Evening Grosbeaks, and some amazing sparrows such as Clay-colored and Black-throated (a new bird for Napa County in 2021.)

Zoom Details:

Topic: Napa-Solano Audubon's September Meeting and Speaker Series: Birding in Ecuador with David & Denise Hamilton
Time: Sep 8, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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submitted on September 01, 2022, at 10:53 AM PST

Red-tailed Hawk © 2014 Dave McMullen Western Meadowlark © 2013 Dave McMullen Lazuli Bunting © 2012 Dave McMullen Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher © 2012 Dave McMullen Northern Flicker © 2013 Dave McMullen

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