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Oaxaca, Mexico: Endemic Birds and Ancient Cultures
Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Naturalist Doug Hitchcox will talk about his March 2019 birding adventure to Oaxaca, Mexico as part of a fall series of presentations by Mid-Coast Audubon at the Camden Public Library.
Maine Audubon made a trip to south-western Mexico in search of rare endemic species in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Based in the beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca, known for great birds, authentic food, and amazing human history, the group explored many habitats in the area, including the deserts near Teotitlán and the pine forests of La Cumbre at altitudes of up to almost 10,000 feet.
The presentation will include a description of the city of Oaxaca and the surrounding area, home of the ancient pre-Columbian Zapotec culture. The group had a chance to explore the imposing ruins of Monte Albán and Mitla, learning about early indigenous people and their impressive engineering and architectural skills. They also had ample opportunity to watch local artisans weaving traditional tapestries and sample the world-famous cuisine. Where else can one watch Blue-throated Mountain-gem while enjoying a lunch of Aztec stew? For more information, visit librarycamden.org.