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Friendship and Birds

Francisco Muñoz, a Nicaraguan farmer, bird expert, and author, and Carrol Henderson, a Minnesotan who is an internationally recognized bird expert, will discuss:

  • Birds in both countries, and their migratory paths
  • The impact of climate change and our mutual responsibility for environmental support
  • The importance of sustainable development in our two countries

Keith Olstad, former president of the PML board and an avid birder, will moderate.

Francisco Muñoz

Francisco is a subsistence farmer in the Miraflor Natural Reserve, a protected area outside of Estelí, Nicaragua. For more than 20 years, Francisco has documented the birds in the region and has become a recognized authority on bird diversity, conservation, and ecotourism for most of northwestern Nicaragua. He recently coauthored A Guide to the Birds of Nicaragua, the first comprehensive, bilingual field guide about Nicaraguan birds. Francisco will have copies of his book available for purchase and signing.

Francisco's Minnesota Speaking Schedule

  • Thursday, April 28, 12:00 noon, Dialogue Lunch, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E. 31st St., Minneapolis 
  • Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m., Minnesota River Valley Audubon Society, Minnesota River National Wildlife Refuge, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington
  • Saturday, April 30,  6:00 p.m., Dialogue with internationally known birder Carrol Henderson, and Project Minnesota/León fundraiser, First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • Tuesday, May 3, 7:05 p.m., Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th St., Saint Louis Park
  • Friday, May 6, 7:00 p.m., Audubon Chapter of St. Paul, Villa Maria Retreat Center, 29847 Co. 2 Blvd., Frontenac
  • Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m., Hawk Ridge Program, Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth
  • Friday, May 13, 7:00 p.m., Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge outreach to Hispanic people in metro area (in Spanish), 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington
  • Saturday, May 14, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, bird-watching hike for Spanish speakers, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge


Carrol Henderson

Carrol has worked at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for almost 40 years. He has developed a statewide program for the conservation of nongame wildlife that has received both national and international recognition. He has helped plan and carry out restoration of peregrine falcons, bald eagles, eastern bluebirds, river otters, and trumpeter swans in Minnesota. Carrol met his wife, Ethelle, when he was in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. He is the author of many books about birds and wildlife in Minnesota and Costa Rica, and about conservation and sustainable development in Costa Rica. 

Spanish/English interpretation of this event paid for through the Savaloja Fund of the Minnesota Ornithologist Union.