Bird watcher or not, you're not likely to want to miss September's Audubon bird walk, scheduled for September 20th, the third Sunday of the month as usual. The site, though, is not so usual. Signe Hammer and Norman Besman will lead birders along the Rio Laja near Rancho Jaguar, Bob and Jennifer Haas's extensive and handsome country place not far from Atontonilco.
Birders will also have the opportunity to visit the Folk Art Museum created by Jennifer Haas, which is right on the grounds of the rancho., Ms. Haas has been collecting folk art since 1966. The museum, one large light-filled room, is filled with rare examples of folk artistry and craftsmanship not often accessible to the public.
Lest you wonder, fear not: there will be birds, too. Birds fill the air around Rancho Jaguar and of course the edges of the Rio Laja, especially now that the rainy season has actually begun.
The Audubon Birdwalk is a monthly event open to members and non-members alike. Members of Audubon de México are welcome gratis. Non-members are also welcome, but asked to contribute 100 pesos, or US $10 to benefit the ecological projects in which Audubon is involved.
Participants must bet in front of the Instituto Allende at 7:45 am, as the trip will leave promptly at 8 am. Please bring a hat, hiking shoes and drinking water. Binoculars and bird books make bird sightings more interesting, but they are not necessary since others will have books and we will have a scope. Two Audubon guides--to birds and to butterflies--will also be available for sale. Anyone willing to contribute transportation will be welcomed with great appreciation. The hike is usually over by noon.
People with questions may call Linda Whynman at 152-2139.
Sunday, 20 September, 2009
Cost:100 pesos, miembros gratis
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