Western Prairie Audubon Society to host world birder Vernon Kleen

MACOMB — Vernon Kleen, world birder, will present his experience of two recent trips to the country of Cuba at the Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. meeting of the Western Prairie Audubon Society at Macomb City Hall Community Room, 232 W. Jackson Street, Macomb. The public is invited to this free meeting to learn about his observations of the ecology of Cuba.
Kleen saw 26 out of the 30 birds unique to Cuba and visited the Zapata Swamp, which is over 1 million acres. Kleen has had a long distinguished career in ornithology. He has led numerous birding trips around the world as well as banded over 100,000 birds including events in this area. His many professional activities include Avian Program manager of the Illinois Department of Conservation until he retired in 1971, a director in the Illinois Audubon Society, and now on the board of the Inland Bird Banding Association.
Western Prairie Audubon Society is a chapter in west central Illinois of the Illinois Audubon Society. Visit their Facebook to learn about future meetings, trips and bird/butterfly counts.

The Carmi Times, February 18, 2017

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