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DOS November Meeting: “Birding Italy: the truth behind the rumors!” by Marco Valtriani

November 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EST

Italy surprises and delights you, whether you’re a serious observer or a casual birdwatcher. The old rumor, “Nothing to see but House Sparrows,” is completely wrong, and more and more visiting birders are having their eyes opened to the more than 550 species that call the peninsula home, from waterfowl to songbirds. Italy preserves a wide range of natural habitats due the different biogeographic, geomorphologic and climatic conditions. The millennial relationship between humans and nature has been a crucial factor for the extreme complexity of environments and landscapes.   More than 20% of the Italian territory is protected thanks to the well managed National Parks, Nature Reserve and Natura 2000 sites.

Marco will give you a first taste, not of Pasta and Chianti but of the most interesting birding areas and species. 

Marco is a free lance biologist and nature guide with extensive experience in scientific research and ecotourism. He lives in Tuscany with his family. He is a passionate hiker, birder, and field researcher who has spent years exploring wild areas in Italy and around the world, from Europe to Africa, Asia, and Southern America.

Working as a professional birding guide and tour planner, he has created and leaded birding tours for international tour companies and private travelers. He has collaborated in environmental impact studies, scientific wildlife surveys, and educational efforts in ecology and environmental issues and has guided nature lovers since 1999 in Italy and abroad. He has have written scientific papers and articles on the birds and natural landscapes of central Italy, and co-authored guides to Tuscany’s natural habitats, trails, and wildlife.

His binoculars and scope always follow him when he travels, during bird migration camps and, of course, on his excursions.