Tonight’s (Friday) Nov. 1 meeting of the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society (SCNHS) will feature a presentation by Rand Rudland on a visit to Paraguay in South America. Paraguay a land-locked, flat country is an ecological gem in South America, being home to over 700 species of birds, 167 species of mammals, 165 species of reptiles and 85 species of amphibians, not to mention the vast array of butterflies, moths, and other flying insects.
Paraguay is a destination largely overlooked by travellers interested in natural history. Much of this neglect is due a lack of tourism infrastructure in the remote areas and the highly publicised status of ecotourism services in adjacent Argentina and Brazil. Paraguay, however, has much to offer to those willing to handle the extensive travel distances, poor roads and prevalent high protein diet – vegetarians beware!
Come and view a presentation describing a 28-day visit to the four corners of Paraguay, from the wet Pantanal, the dry Chaco, the diminishing grasslands and to the Atlantic side with its rapidly disappearing old-growth forests. The visit included a side trip to see the breath taking vistas of Iguazu Falls. Some pictures will be shown also, that were taken by other Sunshine Coast trip participants, including several of wildlife taken by Don Bland.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.