Trinidad & Tobago

The Asa Wright Nature Centre & Blue Waters Inn
and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory

Present

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Hummingbirds, Leatherback Turtles, and More!

With Sheri Williamson and Tom Wood
June 4-13, 2016

White-necked Jacobin

White-necked Jacobin, a common hummingbird on both Trinidad and Tobago

Join SABO naturalists Sheri Williamson and Tom Wood for a 10-day, 9-night adventure in the tropical island paradise of Trinidad and Tobago! Centerpiece for this tour will be the world-renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge, a 200-acre wildlife sanctuary in Trinidad’s rainforested Northern range.

The world-famous Verandah at Asa Wright Nature Centre

Avid birders and fans of natural history have flocked to Trinidad and the Asa Wright Nature Centre for over three decades, drawn by a magnetic combination of fascinating birds, talented naturalists, and time at a place that makes history in the study of the New World tropics. Many agree the two islands, closely linked to South America in origin, provide the best possible introduction to the New World tropical birding and ecology.

 

In Trinidad and Tobago, great views of the birds abound. Tufted Coquette, Long-billed Starthroat, Black-throated Mango, Purple Honeycreeper, Silver-beaked Tanager, and Crested Oropendola are among the many colorful visitors to the Centre’s busy feeding station, viewable from the comfort of the world-famous Verandah. The trails are equally exciting, leading through lush tropical forest past the courtship display grounds (leks) of charming White-bearded Manakins and bizarre Bearded Bellbirds. The Centre’s Dunston Cave is also home to the most accessible colony of Oilbirds on the planet. Field trips to other equally exciting destinations will fill our senses with glorious tropical beauty and a thrilling abundance of colorful birds.

Tufted-Coquette

Tufted Coquette at Asa Wright Nature Centre

On this SABO-sponsored tour, you will travel with like-minded people who support bird research and conservation. With SABO naturalists Sheri Williamson and Tom Wood teamed with Trinidad and Tobago’s legendary local guides, this is a trip not to miss. The 2015 tour logged over 170 bird species plus a variety of other fascinating wildlife, from delicate butterflies and bizarre beetles to fierce-looking tegu lizards and Leatherback Sea Turtles. (Check out photos from the 2015 tour on Flickr!)

To register for this special tour, contact Caligo Ventures by phone (800) 426-7781 or email: info@caligo.com. A deposit of $300 holds your space. A donation of $300 benefits SABO and confirms your tour.

Limit of 12 participants! Don’t miss a grand opportunity!

Trinidad Motmots, a recently recognized endemic species, at Cuffie River Nature Retreat

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE:

June 4: Arrival in Port of Spain / Transfer to Asa Wright Nature Centre
June 5: Centre Grounds birding: hummingbirds, Bearded Bellbirds, dancing White-bearded Manakins, other tropical birds galore!

June 6: Blanchisseuse Road and Trinidad’s Northern Range

June 7: Free day for exploring Asa Wright Nature Centre ~OR~ field trip to Nariva Swamp and Trinidad’s East Coast (optional at additional cost)

June 8: Yerette Hummingbird Experience; Caroni Marsh Boat Tour for roosting Scarlet Ibis and many other wading and water birds

June 9: Oilbirds at Asa Wright, short flight to Tobago, transfer to Cuffie River Nature Retreat

June 10: Boat trip to Little Tobago Island for seabirds such as Brown Booby, Magnificent Frigatebird, Bridled and Sooty Terns, and Red-billed Tropicbird; forest birding at Gilpin Trace

American Pygmy Kingfisher, Nariva Swamp

American Pygmy Kingfisher, Nariva Swamp

June 11: Morning walk with Desmond at Cuffie River Nature Retreat, free afternoon for relaxation, feeder watching, photography, etc.

June 12: Flight to Port of Spain, transfer to Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel, evening with nesting Leatherback Turtles

June 13: Morning trip in search of the rare and lovely Trinidad Piping-Guan, transfer to airport for afternoon flights home

2016 price approximately $2990 per person, double occupancy from Port of Spain.

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