The club held a joint meeting with the British Ornithologists’ Club and the Natural History Museum, at the museum in London on 17 September 2016. Along with the Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), there were several brilliant talks by experts on Neotropical birds and their conservation.
The first talk was by Cristina Banks-Leite (Imperial College, London) who showed how the majority of Atlantic Forest species and their habitat can be preserved for a considerably less than is currently spent on agricultural subsidies in Brazil. (Click here to see the presentation). NBC Council member Dr Alexander Lees outlined what he called the ‘Shortfalls in Brazilian ornithology’. Alex showed how gaps in our knowledge of different facets of biodiversity — the Darwinian, Linnean, Wallacean, Hutchinsonian, Prestonian, Raunkiaeran and Eltonian shortfalls respectively — can influence conservation priority setting in space and time (Click here to see the presentation). Raymond Jeffers (Neotropical Bird Club) gave details of the Club’s past and future fundraising trips, which have collectively visited swathes of the Neotropics.
The Club then held its’s AGM, during which members approved the Club’s 2015 account (for which see tinyurl.com/NBC2015Accounts). After a lunch break, Thomas Donegan (Fundación ProAves de Colombia) used mathematical modelling to test avian speciation in Colombia and then applied it to highlight potential new splits (Click here to see the presentation). Fabrice Schmitt (Sunbird/WINGS) gave details of an expedition to find White-masked Antbird Pithys castaneus that nearly failed—but ended up discovering a new population of this Near Threatened near Peruvian endemic (Click here to see the presentation). The meeting was bought to a close by Dr Nigel Collar (BirdLife International) who explained the process by which he and Josep del Hoyo (Lynx Edicións) had produced the HBW–BirdLife Checklist of the Birds of the World (Click here to see the presentation).
The 2015 accounts which were approved at the 2016 AGM on 17th September during the meeting at the Flett Lecture Theatre in the British Museum of Natural History, London can be viewed here
NBC Fundraising tour: Costa Rica (13 March to 5 April 2017)
“Costa Rica Complete” is a trip put together by our Corporate Sponsors Birding Ecotours. The tour plans to visit the Caribbean slope, the highlands and the Pacific slope of one of Middle America’s most bird-rich countries. Target birds will include Snowcap and Resplendent Quetzal together with other endemic and range-restricted species plus representatives of colourful Neotropical families such as hummingbirds, trogons, toucans and tanagers. Birding Ecotours will make a donation to the NBC Conservation Awards Fund for each member who participates. So do think about helping NBC by joining this trip in 2017.
For the full itinerary, pricing and booking information: please see here.
NBC now has its own Facebook Group, entitled Neotropical Bird Club. If you are a Facebook member, please join the group, post photos, and take part in discussions! Read more»
Due to overwhelming demand from both members and non-members, the NBC council has elected to make individual back issues of Neotropical Birding (for those years prior to the current year and last year) available for sale for £9 each. The price includes shipping and handling, and there is no limit on the number of issues you can order. If you’ve missed an issue or two — or if you’d like to share a past issue with a friend — now’s your chance! To place an order, click here.
Now that Neotropical Birding is well established, we are looking to add new members to our editorial team. If you have ideas for articles that should be commissioned, a flair for design, an eye for an image and/or expertise in copy-editing, please e-mail us at: email@example.com
If you have significant records — new country records, first state records, range extensions and other noteworthy observations — that you are willing to share, we encourage you to submit them by e-mail to our editor, for publication in the Neotropical Notebook section of our next issue of Neotropical Birding. The deadlines are 31 October for our Spring issue, and 31 March for our Autumn issue, but we would welcome submissions at any time.
James Lowen – Senior Editor
We are looking to commission articles for future issues of Neotropical Birding for our regular columns. If you:
- have an idea for a feature on Neotropical birds;
- want to share your experiences of birding at the cutting edge;
- fancy telling birders about great birding sites;
- would like to push back the frontiers of bird identification;
- have advice on how readers can improve their Neotropical birding;
- want to showcase high quality colour photos of rarer birds
Please discuss your idea with the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more»
Are you a UK taxpayer? If so, have you filled out a Gift Aid form for the club yet? By doing so, you can increase the amount of your donation by 20% or more, at no additional cost to you. The government’s Gift Aid scheme allows registered charities like the Neotropical Bird Club to reclaim the basic tax rate (currently 20%) on the gross equivalent of your contribution. For every £10 you pay in subscriptions or donations, the club can claim £2.50. Though these amounts may seem small, they certainly add up; our recent Gift Aid claim netted £891.18 in additional funds! Help us to boost the club’s funds by sending your Gift Aid form today.