Audubon birdwalk to visit folk art museum

By Signe Hammer

Join Audubon on Sunday for a very special birdwalk that includes a visit to Jennifer Haas’s renowned folk art museum. Norman Besman, Bob Graham, Luke Rich and Mike Wheatcroft will lead us along the Rio Laja near Rancho Jaguar, the Haases’ verdant country place near Atotonilco.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Oct 21, 7:45am-12:30pm
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Norman Besman 152-3644
Members free, non-members 150 pesos or US$15

The walk terrain varies from river shallows to meadows and large trees. Overhead, we may see such raptors as white-tailed kite and red-tailed hawk. There is usually a green kingfisher, and a range of songbirds from black-headed grosbeaks to white-collared seedeaters and curve-billed thrashers. We’ll also look for such winter arrivals as the Lark Sparrow.

After the walk, birders will have the opportunity to visit Rancho Jaguar and the museum, housed in its own light-filled space on the grounds. Bob is a former president of Audubon de México. Jennifer has been collecting folk art since 1966, and will be on hand to answer questions. Her collection includes rare examples of folk art not often accessible to the public, and there is also beautiful craftwork available for purchase.

The walk is open to beginning and experienced birders alike. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. Carpooling is necessary, so if you have a car, please bring it. Plan to arrive at 7:45, as we leave promptly at 8 to catch the early birds.

Binoculars and a bird book are helpful, but not essential. We will have telescopes, a few pairs of binoculars to lend, and Audubon bird guides for purchase. You’ll be back by about 12:30, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends.

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