Learn About Australian Songbirds Today


Australia is often best known as the land of pouched mammals such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats and the Tasmanian devil. But for those interested in songbirds, Australia is an equally interesting place.Australia contains songbird species that originated before Gondwana broke apart around 100 million years ago.

Presenter Stephen Fettig will show his photographs from his 2012 trip to Australia at a free talk to the Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Unitarian Church in Santa Fe (at the corner of Galisteo and Barcelona St.). Everyone is welcome. There is a distant relationship between Australian songbirds and North American songbirds.The program will highlight these relationships and some of the birds photographed during a three-week trip through New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

Fettig is a biologist with the National Park Service at Bandelier National Monument.

For information about this and other programs offered by the Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society, visit http://www.newmexicoaudubon.org/sdcas/