Natural History Society: Journey to Nicaragua

Join Michael and Jennie Starr at a Sunshine Coast Natural History Society meeting, 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre.

You will learn about a visit to Nicaragua, with its amazing diversity of beautiful landscapes: Pacific surfing beaches of San Juan del Sur to the Caribbean diving paradise of Little Corn Island, and from the blistering hot and historic lowland city of León to the mountainous and cool coffee region of Matagalpa.

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The volcanoes and lakes of Nicaragua are especially striking. Of 19 volcanoes, six have erupted since 1999.

Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, is home to bull sharks that migrate to and from the Caribbean and is part of a proposed canal route connecting the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Nicaragua’s tumultuous history includes the conquest of indigenous peoples by the Spanish, attacks by pirates, an invasion by an American adventurer with a small band of mercenaries, occupation by U.S. Marines, reigns of brutal dictators, revolutions, and counter-revolutions. 

Mike and Jennie have traveled widely in Nicaragua, and Jennie has photographed the diverse beauty of this “land of lakes and volcanoes.” Jennie first went to Nicaragua in 2007 to learn Spanish and volunteer in the community of Granada. Mike and Jennie Starr are Sechelt residents since 2017, having moved from Surrey and Langley. 

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre is located at the corner of Medusa and Trail in Sechelt. Coffee and cookies will be served. Visitors welcomed.

NOTE: Currently both the Canadian and U.S. federal governments advise to avoid non-essential travel to Nicaragua, because of civil unrest.

– Submitted by Russ Tkachuk

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