Mexican Hermit by Jonathan Vargas

Birds of San Blas, Mexico

Thursday, May 17 in San Francisco


Jonathan Vargas met author and birding tour leader Steve Howell while studying shorebirds in California in 2015. The two birded together and talked about Howell’s trip to San Blas in January 1983. After their meeting, Howell planned to return to San Blas with Vargas to explore newer, well-known birding sites. In January 2016, the two birded the San Blas area for a few days and made a goal to find 250 species. They knew it would be tough, especially when they decided to do it without using sound recordings. In January 2017 they finally succeeded, finding 246 species. It was an amazing day in San Blas.

Jonathan Vargas is a shorebird biologist and a local birding guide from San Blas, Nayarit Mexico. He currently works at Terra Peninsular AC, an organization committed to preserving and protecting the natural ecosystems and wildlife of the Baja California Peninsula. He is a Bird Conservation Projects Associate and promotes birding tours and ecotourism as a means to raise awareness, advance environmental education, and increase knowledge and conservation of birdlife in Mexico.

Date:   Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time:   6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. speaker

Place:  First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center
1187 Franklin Street (at Geary)

Cost:    Free for GGAS members, $5 for non-members

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