Published Thursday, February 11, 2021
Birding in Costa Rica will be virtually
available by a U.S. organization
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services
The Maine- based Mid-Coast Audubon will host a free online Zoom pictorial overview of Costa Rican tropical birds.
The volunteer-based nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and field experiences about birds and nature in a project with Camden Public Library.
The exposition will be shown on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m., featuring birds found by Maine Audubon’s Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox. The live visual presentation about a trip he and 10 Audubon members took to Costa Rica, in what they referred to as "a birding paradise."
The organization said: "This travelogue will follow the group’s travels day by day, highlighting the amazing birds, delicious food, and stunning vistas, as well as the conservation issues of the area and the importance of ecotourism."
This will be a free online presentation hosted by the Camden Public Library. To register for the event, please email Julia Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the Zoom login information.
According to the volunteers, though the country is smaller than the state of West Virginia, there are more than 850 species of birds, a reflection of two important features: Costa Rica’s great variety of habitats and its location between tropical South America and temperate North America.
"You’ll join us on a tour that covered the Caribbean and Pacific lowland tropical forests, pine-oak temperate forests, and an elfin forest at 11,000 feet," the organization said.
Mid-Coast Audubon’s mission is to promote long-term, responsible use of natural resources through informed membership, education and community awareness. For more information on free programs and field trips hosted by Mid-Coast Audubon, visit their website.
Last week the Institute of Tourism led the counting of tropical birds at the Tortuguero National Park in Limón Province. The 70 bird watchers recorded 186 species, both local and migratory.
The bird experts left no tree unmarked as they trekked
through rain in the northeastern Costa Rican tropical
forest. They made long journeys within the park to
cover 9 routes by land and crossed rivers to perform
the counting of birds. This year, experts exceeded the
count of 35 species found compared to the last three
years, the Institute of Tourism said in its statement.
As part of the first findings, experts identified the
red-throated ant tanager (Habia fuscicauda), which
until recently the species had no previous record of
being in Tortuguero.
"We achieved a significant rebound compared to the
counts recorded in recent years," Manuel Campbell,
project coordinator said.
The study results were successful in confirming that
the Caribbean Northwest Wetland, where Tortuguero is
located, is recognized as one of the major ecological
values on the planet, the institute said.
"Bird watching tourism represents one of the
activities that is in constant development and allows
travelers to live unique experiences of extensive
species observation without having to travel large
distances," added the institute in its statement.
According to statistics from the institute, in Costa
Rica there are more than 900 registered bird species.
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