Program: The “Bhutiful Bhurds” of Bhutan


Date & Time

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Farrand Hall, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105



Presented by Jeff Chemnick and Satie Airame

The remarkable Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled between Tibetan China and India, spans diverse habitats from tropical lowland forest to lofty peaks of the Himalaya. The country’s governing principles include environmental conservation as part of a measure of Gross National Happiness (GNH). An exceptional 72% of Bhutan’s forests are under conservation status. Bhutan is paradise for birders with 680 bird species (including 22 globally threatened species). Join cycad expert and world birder Jeff Chemnick and ecologist and nature photographer Satie Airame for a breathtaking visual tour of Bhutan’s beautiful birds, lush forests and colorful cultural history.

Jeff-Satie-Bhutan-sm.jpgJeff Chemnick is a research associate at Ganna Walska Lotusland, and an authority on Mexican cycads. He owns and operates Aloes-in-Wonderland, a specialty nursery in Santa Barbara, where he has lived since 1981. Jeff leads botanical and ornithological ecotours throughout Mexico with focus on the state of Oaxaca. His bird life list is currently at about 5000 species. Satie Airame is the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. As scientific advisor from 2000-2010 to NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Marine Life Protection Initiative, she has contributed to the design of marine protected areas around the Channel Islands and throughout California’s coastal waters. Satie received a PhD in ecology from the University of Chicago in 1999.

Doors open at 7:00 pm – join us for refreshments

Sponsored By Santa Barbara Audubon Society