|When: Jan 15, 2016 12:00 AM to Jan 25, 2016 11:55 PM|
Jan. 15-25, 2016 | Escape the cold, dark days of winter and join the Audubon Society of Portland on this unforgettable trip into the very heart of the Caribbean.
January 15-25, 2016
Escape the cold, dark days of winter and join the Audubon Society of Portland on this unforgettable trip into the very heart of the Caribbean.
White sand beaches... warm ocean breezes... turquoise-blue water... all this and more await you in the island paradise of Jamaica. This enchanting island has a well-kept secret: it is home to 28 endemic species of birds... with a little luck, you should see them all!
Destinations and Birds
We begin our trip in Montego Bay, where we’ll team up with our local birding expert and co-leader, then travel to the coastal town of Negril, famous for its seven-mile stretch of beach. We’ll spend two nights here, and on our one full day, visit the Royal Palms Reserve, a wetland that often yields the West Indian Whistling Duck, Tricolored Herons, and the endemic Jamaican Vireo. Back in Negril, you’ll have time to stroll on the sandy beach or swim in the warm, gentle surf before we head out the next morning on our trek across the northern coast of the island.
On our way to Ocho Rios, we’ll stop to bird a few local hot spots, including a bird sanctuary that specializes in providing visitors with up-close views of some of the island’s most interesting inhabitants. The Red-tailed Streamertails, grassquits, Bananaquits and a host of other species will come to the feeders, so close you’ll be tempted to reach out and touch them. After this, we plan a stop at the infamous Rose Hall Great House, allowing us a glimpse into Jamaica’s past as we tour the magnificent house and grounds.
After a night in Ocho Rios, where a bit of souvenir shopping may be accomplished, it’s off to the Blue Mountains on the eastern side of the island where we'll spend three nights amidst the stunning scenery of Jamaica's highlands. While here, we’ll spend our days in search of montane endemics like the Blue Mountain Vireo, the Crested Quail-Dove and the Jamaican Elaenia.
From the Blue Mountains we head to the NE coast, where we’ll spend the two nights and days enjoying one of the most beautiful beaches Jamaica has to offer. We'll stay in private villas nestled in along the rocky shoreline, and our resort has its own beautiful sandy cove for its guests, allowing us to swim and relax in between outings. From here we are strategically located to bird the famous Ecclesdown Road, one of the best birding "roads" in the world, where we should be able to “clean up” on any of the endemics we may have missed, including the unique, and irresistible, Jamaican Tody.
We’ll stay our last night in the historic area of Port Royal, strategically located near the Kingston airport, from which we fly home the next day. We’ve designed this trip to give you a chance to escape the winter and at the same time, add a host of new birds to your repertoire. We hope you’ll join us.
For more information and to register, please contact Portland Audubon Education Director Steve Robertson at 971-222-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leaders: Audubon Society of Portland Education Director Steve Robertson and local guides
Fee: $2,795 for members, $3,095 for non-members
Deposit: $1,400 required to secure your place on the trip
Group Size: 14 participants and leaders
Fee is based on double occupancy and includes all lodging, ground transportation, all meals except dinners, all guide fees & tips, park fees and planned group activities. Not included: Airfare to & from Jamaica, and dinners. Remember, a portion of your fee is a tax-deductible donation to the Audubon Society of Portland.