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When: Feb 09, 2019 12:00 AM to Feb 17, 2019 11:55 PM
Stefan Schlick or Erin Law
971-222-6119 (Erin)

Feb 9-17, 2019 | Escape the cold, dark days of winter and join Portland Audubon on this unforgettable trip into the very heart of the Caribbean.


Feb 9 - 17, 2019



Escape the cold, dark days of winter and join Portland Audubon 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 birds and with a little luck, you should see them all!

We begin our trip in Kingston where we will bird at Hope Gardens hoping for a good assortment of North American warblers, Yellow-billed and maybe Black-billed Parrot, Red-billed Streamertail (the national bird of Jamaica), Jamaican Woodpecker, and Jamaican Euphonia. Then we are off to the Blue Mountains, recently classified as an Important Bird Area and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Jamaican Spindalis by Steve Gast
Jamaican Spindalis by Steve Gast

An impressive list of species have been recorded in the Blue Mountains including hard to find species such as the Jamaican Blackbird, Crested Quail-dove, and the Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo. We will take a rugged mountain road that twists and turns through stands of primary forest and areas of secondary growth. The stands of Blue Mahoe (the national tree of Jamaica) attract numerous Red-billed Streamertail hummingbirds and Orangequits.

From the Blue Mountains we will head to the northeastern coast, where we will spend two nights near San San Beach. This is one of the most unspoiled corners of the island. From here, we will be strategically located to bird the famous Ecclesdown Road, one of the best “birding roads” in the world. We will be working to see Black-billed Parrot, Jamaican Crow, Ring-tailed Pigeon, and Black-billed Streamertail. We may also have the unique opportunity to see the odd White-tailed Tropicbird on an early morning outing. Hopefully we will find ourselves catching up with Jamaican Owl in this area as well.

If that wasn’t enough, on our last day we are also going to visit Port Royal, the historic town of Kingston and its old forts. Then we’ll visit either the Devon House or the Bob Marley Museum as our final stop. 

Fee: $2,995 members* / $3,295 non-members* 
Deposit: $1,500 required to secure your place
Single supplement: $440
Leaders: Stefan Schlick and local guides 
Group size: limited to 12 participants 

*Trip fees cover all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guides, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. Fees do not include dinners, alcoholic beverages, or airfare to and from your destination.
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