Published on February 17, 2020

Join Us for Adventures in Our "Travel & Taste" Series

$29 Members • $39 Nonmembers

This fall and winter, Broadmoor's Travel and Taste series will take you on unforgettable journeys, from an exploration of the biodiversity-rich Sky Islands of Arizona to endangered species conservation projects on Hawaii's Big Island and more. Each themed night offers a location-based buffet dinner and presentation featuring an engaging visual presentation of photos from an exotic destination.

Through images and tastes, you might just feel as though you are actually "on location!"

Lecture & Buffet Dinner*

$29 Mass Audubon Members
$39 Nonmembers

Lecture Only

$13 Mass Audubon Members
$16 Nonmembers

*Dinner requires registration by 5pm on Tuesday the week of the program. Walk-in registrations welcome for the lecture.

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Thursday, February 20, 6:30-8:30 pm

Mountains and rice fields in Vietnam © Justin Willig
© Justin Willig

Vietnam & Cambodia: Natural History, Wildlife, & Culture

Join us on an exploration of the vibrant nation of Vietnam! Known for its mountainous landscapes, dense tropical rainforests, vast cave systems, beautiful beaches, and meandering river deltas, the country is rich in natural history. The area is also a hotspot for biodiversity and is home to 16% of the world's flora and fauna species, of which, nearly 10% are threatened with extinction.

Our adventure will take us around the majestic, uninhabited, karst limestone islands and caves of Ha Long Bay and through the wet mountainous region of Sapa. There, Hmong tribal women guide us through indigenous villages, terraced rice paddies, and bamboo forests and we come face to face with wild pigs and water buffaloes. Away from the countryside, visit the busy city streets, peek into the pungent-smelling outdoor markets, and experience the temples and festivals of Ha Noi and Hoi An. We will then take our journey west to Siem Reap in Cambodia to see the magnificent, ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th century, the temples, palaces, and surrounding area served as the capital city to the Khmer empire.

→ Dinner & Lecture (must register by February 18)
→ Lecture Only


Thursday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Lemur on the island of Moheli in Mozambique © Michel Labrecque
Lemur © Michel Labrecque

African Adventures: Where in the World is Moheli?

Located in the Mozambique channel, the tiny island of Moheli in the Comoros is visited by a small number of nature lovers and fewer than a 100 divers a year. Turtles nest on its shores, whales migrate to its waters and its reefs host a number of surprising species, not to mention schooling fish by the hundreds, mantas and dolphins.

On land, one can encounter lemurs, several species of birds and reptiles but most notably the largest fruit bat in the world, the Livingston bat. Waterfalls, nature hikes, great diving and snorkeling, pristine beaches and friendly inhabitants, Moheli is a place to discover.

Your guides on this visual journey are Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet—seasoned divers, adventure trip leaders, and explorers who have traveled to some of the most remote areas of our planet. Since 2014, they have devoted themselves to imagery and exploration, with a focus on the underwater world and conservation.

→ Dinner & Lecture (must register by March 3)
→ Lecture Only


Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Green-winged Macaw in Ecuador by Will Freedberg (staff)
Green-winged Macaw by Will Freedberg

Ecuador

Home to glittering hummingbirds, colorful tanagers, and gaudy cotingas, Ecuador offers world-class birding in a small package. Conservation photographer and Mass Audubon Bird Conservation Assistant Will Freedberg will walk us through the unique birding opportunities in Ecuador's five distinct ecoregions, from cloud forests, to dry scrub, to the incomparable Amazon.

You'll meet some of Ecuador's stranger denizens like the Club-winged Manakin, which vibrates its wings fast enough to create a beeping sound; the Rufous Potoo, which sways on branches to imitate leaves blowing in the wind; and the many species of antbird that prey solely on insects scared up by swarms of marauding army ants.

Like much of tropical Latin America, Ecuador also offers excellent opportunities for travelers to support conservation while birding. We'll focus on ways to visit birder-friendly Ecuador without the help of internationally-owned companies and lodges, showcasing community conservation projects that rely on visitors for income, and discussing the ins and outs of community-based ecotourism.

→ Dinner & Lecture (must register by March 24)
→ Lecture Only