In 2022, Scott Young traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, and Brazil, with the first two trips COVID-postponed from 2020 and 2021, respectively. In Costa Rica, he saw birds in the Arenal and southwest Pacific coast regions. In Colombia, he joined a group exploring the immediate highlands around Bogotá, the central Magdalena Valley, and the foothills and highlands of the Central Andes around Manizales and Pereira. in Brazil, he joined another group focused on one of the world’s great wetland ecosystems, the Pantanal. They also explored the Chapada dos Guimarães and the fabulous Iguaçu Falls, with short day trips into neighboring Argentina and Paraguay. Scott will show some of the amazing birds he photographed during his excursions.
Scott Young trained as a neurologist and neuroscientist. He is currently a Scientist Emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, having retired from the National Institute of Mental Health this past July. At the NIMH, he discovered an essential brain area for social memory, finding a way to greatly enhance this memory in a model system. As President of the Montgomery Bird Club, he hopes to grow enthusiasm for birding for all county residents.