September 21st Meeting – Exploring the Brazilian Pantanal

Membership Meeting – 7:00 PM Room 129 Olin Hall Whitman Campus

Larry Umthun is a wildlife photographer living in Richland, WA who specializes in birds. For over 10 years, he has documented his travels, photographing avian life along the west coast, Florida, Texas and Costa Rica. His presentation in September will be filled with stunning photos of birds and other wildlife from Brazil’s Pantanal region, which he visited in August 2017. The Pantanal, in central Brazil, is a natural region encompassing the world’s largest tropical wetlands area. This wetland ecosystem is thought to be home to 1000 bird species and over 1200 other animals.

From a list of nearly 250 target birds, some of the highlights of his excursion include Toco Toucan, Hyacinth Macaw, Greater Rhea, Great Black Hawk, Jabiru, Rufescent Tiger Heron and Sunbittern. Just as thrilling to see and photograph as the exotic birds, are the Capybara, Giant Anteater, Southern Tamandua, Crab-eating Fox and Jaguar – just a few of the weird and wonderful animals that inhabit the Pantanal.

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