Program: The Magic of Central America: Costa Rica’s Birds and Ecology

Date & Time

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Farrand Hall,
Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA5

Costa Rica has long been regarded as one of the top tropical birding destinations in the world and with good reason! This small Central American country is roughly the size of West Virginia yet is home to approximately 5% of the world’s biodiversity, more than 900 species of birds with many regional endemics found only in Costa Rica and Western Panama.

This presentation will visit a variety of ecosystems including the cloud forest, the Caribbean lowlands, the Pacific tropical dry forest, and the ecological factors that have made Costa Rica an international birding Mecca.

Benny Isaac Jacobs-Schwartz owns and operates a bird-guiding business and lifestyle brand called BIRDS by BIJS (pronounced Bee-jus). Working professionally for over 10 years as a naturalist guide, expedition trip leader, and international bird guide, Benny has worked in a variety of locations including coastal Alaska, Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Benny is a passionate educator and photographer, specializing in birds. He uses his ample collection of nature-based content to leverage an active social media presence and his passion for the natural world to inspire others to put down their phone and pick up their binos (binoculars).

Presented by

santa Barbara audubon society