Visit Quinta Mazatlan on Thursday, March 26th at 6 pm to join Erik Bruhnke on a Pelagic Birding Trip Adventure with incredible imagery.

His photographs capture the moments of the cresting whales, the playing porpoises, the unique fishes, and the incredible array of birds found miles out over the open ocean.

You can go birding in the thickest forests and scan for birds along the Rio Grande. You can even enjoy birds’ right in your backyard! Did you know that birding can be done over vast expanses of ocean? The adventure of pelagic birding brings nature-enthusiasts closer to birds, mammals, and reptiles that can only be seen in the ocean well after the shoreline is out of view. Come join Quinta Mazatlan naturalist Erik Bruhnke as he talks about his experiences of leading Texas Pelagic birding trips this past summer and fall. Erik will cover various techniques used to see pelagic birds, as well as plenty of identification tips. If you’re looking to try out an entirely new style of birding, prepare to get your “feet wet” in this exciting birding experience!

Erik Bruhnke graduated from Northland College in Wisconsin with a Natural Resources degree. In seven years his avian field experiences have taken him throughout California, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, North and South Dakota, Maine and Texas. During the fall seasons, Erik has worked as an interpreter at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, MN. In 2008 Erik created Naturally Avian Birding Tours with the goal of promoting conservation through birding, wildlife photography, and his bird identification workshops. His wildlife photography has won national awards, and his writings have been featured throughout various birding magazines. In addition to spreading the world about birds at Quinta Mazatlan, Erik leads birding tours for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, and continues to offer birding experiences through Naturally Avian. This past year Erik began leading tours for Texas Pelagics, based off of South Padre Island. Although he loves all birds, Erik is a devoted raptor and gull nerd. He loves to cook and bake in his free time.

The Nature Lecture series takes place on Thursday evenings through April 2015 and is proudly sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associates. The program fee is $3 per person and no advance reservation is required. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.