Contributed by Len McKenzie


The Lettered Aracari is among the many exotic Brazilian birds featured in a slide presentation by Matthew Matthiessen for the Yosemite Area Audubon Society Thursday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Oakhurst. The public is welcome.


Brazil evokes many images among Americans–Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon, tropical rainforests and abundant, exotic animals, especially its stunningly colorful birds.

Occupying almost half of South America (geographically the fifth largest country in the world), Brazil is home to an immensely rich diversity of avifauna—upward of 1,800 species of birds, more than 200 of them endemic to that country (found only within its borders). Sixty percent of the birds native to South America occur in Brazil.

Matthew Matthiessen, recently elevated from chief financial officer to CEO of the John C. Fremont Healthcare District,… Continue reading

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