We are back in Florida now after concluding 3 months in the field, which gives time to reflect on the highlights of the past summer. The first that come to mind were the outreach workshops our crew conducted with elementary schools at field sites in San Lorenzo and Ocol. Both communities lie near huge tracts of intact cloud forest that harbor several emblematic bird species endemic to northern Peru. San Lorenzo is particularly known among bird watchers as the only place in the world to reliably see the Pale-billed Antpitta. Hence, it was a real pleasure and lot of fun to talk to the children of these communities about their backyard birds and introduce them to binoculars and birdwatching.

children drawing the marvelous spatulatail
The Marvelous Spatulatail is another globally famous species endemic to northern Peru.
children learning how to use binoculars
Learning how to use binoculars!
group of children holding bird drawings
We had such a lot of fun!