Cuban pygmy owl
A Cuban pygmy owl. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL GOOD

Good to talk about Cuba, birds



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Michael Good will give a talk about birding in Cuba at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Good will chart his travels in Cuba through the birds that live there and at the same time give us a glimpse of life in the old Cuba before the historic social changes recently announced by President Obama. Good’s lecture will chart a typical year in the life of a dedicated field ornithologist living in Town Hill and show how he is trying to piece together the amazing lives of neo-tropical migrants on their journeys thousands of miles to Cuba and back again.

The challenge of birding in Cuba is a subject Good knows well. He has been traveling to Cuba in search of birds since 2002, following in the footsteps of the ornithology masters James Bond, Orlando Garrido, Arturo Kirk Connell, James Wiley and William Suarez, when he first had the opportunity to lead birding trips through the Caribbean Conservation Trust. It was during his first trip in December of 2002, when he discovered and described a second year bald eagle at Las Terrazes, that he caught the exploration bug. Since that day, he has been part of Cuba’s ornithology history, most recently discovering the American pipit in the Guanahacabibes National Park in Western Cuba.

Seating is limited. Call the library at 244-7065 to reserve a spot.

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