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When: Feb 27, 2013 from 12:00 am to 11:55 pm
Contact:
Steve Robertson
503-292-6855 x 118

February 27 - March 14, 2013 FULL, wait listed

Rhinoceros Hornbill - Steve Wilson
Rhinoceros Hornbill
NOTE: This trip is full and a waitlist is in effect.

February 27 - March 14, 2013. Borneo, the world’s third largest island; a land of rugged mountains, ancient people, and dense jungles teaming with wildlife and birds that defy the imagination…

Join Steve Robertson & Dan van den Broek on Portland Audubon's first excursion into the exotic realm that is Borneo. On this 14 day adventure, we will traverse the Malaysian state of Sabah in the northern portion of the Island, exploring the many different habitats this unique piece of land has to offer.

Destinations and Birds

We will spend the first two nights in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, exploring and birding this interesting  city as we adjust to the new time zone & culture. From there we head directly to Mt. Kinabalu, where we will bird the flanks of the highest peak in Southeast Asia in search of species such as the Whitehead's Trogon, the Gray-throated Minivet, the Indigo Flycatcher, and perhaps even the rare Crimson-headed Partridge.  From here we travel to the area know as Sepilok, where we'll visit the Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Center, famous for its canopy towers and walkways that offer premier birding opportunities in the otherwise dense rainforest. This region is known as a birding hotspot, and is perhaps the best location to spot the Bornean Bristlehead, one of the strangest and most sought-after of Borneo's endemics.

Next it's off to the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, where more than birds await our group of intrepid travelers. This region is a known haunt for the Proboscis Monkey, a rare species of primate found only in Borneo, and for the interesting Bornean Pygmy Elephant, whose mysterious origins are still in debate. And the birdlife of this region will not disappoint!  Many beautiful species await our discovery, including the Hooded Pitta, the Rhinoceros Hornbill and the Blue-eared Kingfisher, just to name a few.  Lastly we'll venture into the Danum Valley, a vast tract of lowland forest that is home to the legendary "Man of the Forest," the great ape we call the Orangutan. Sightings of this massive primate are all but guaranteed, but not so for the other large mammal we'll be on the look out for, the critically endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros.  Before leaving Borneo, we'll have three days to bird this fantastically rich area, as we search for Sooty-capped Babblers, Purple-naped Sunbirds, Long-billed Spider Hunters, and a multitude of other avian denizens of Borneo's glorious rainforest.

After one last night in the town of Kota Kinabalu to catch our breath, re-pack our gear, and enjoy our camaraderie over dinner, we'll fly home with enough memories of this magical island to last a lifetime.

Registration Details

Contact Steve Robertson at 503-292-6855 x118 to sign up or if you have further questions.

Fee: $5,595/ Member;  $5,895 non-member

Deposit: $2,250

Group Size: 14 participants + leaders

Leaders: Steve Robertson, Dan van den Broek, Kirk Hardie & local guides

Fee is based on Double Occupancy and includes all lodging, ground transportation, all meals except some dinners, all guide fees, park fees and planned group activities, etc. Not included: Airfare to & from Portland and internal flights, some dinners, and tips for guides. Remember, a portion of your fee is a tax-deductible donation to the Audubon Society of Portland.

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