Departure Date: November 9-21, 2020
Duration: 13 days total, including estimated travel time.
Expedition type: Birdwatching Photographic Adventure
Ecology and Conservation Expert: Carl Safina
Photo Expert: Kike Calvo
Local Bird Guide: Jose was born and raised in the western Andes of Colombia, and has been birding since he was 16. He has shined amongst his colleagues for his proficiency in English and his ability to find birds. He enjoys birding and studying birds on his free time, is an avid e-birder, and has worked as a field biologist in numerous thesis projects and expeditions in the Colombia Andes and Choco Bioregion.
Focus: Photography; Natural history and Birdwatching.
About this tour: Colombia is the birdiest country on earth, with more than 1,950 species (almost 20% of the world’s total in less than 1 percent of the world’s landmass). It is easy to see why. Colombia is tropical, yet it also has ample elevation changes due to the Andes, furthermore it has both the Pacific and, Caribbean coasts. Lots of different habitats en- sure an abundance of bird species.
This tour celebrates the signing of the peace agreement with an itinerary that focuses on sites that were once FARC strongholds and have since become eco-tourism destinations for birders from all over the world. This is important, as the locals that once lived in a war zone are now benefiting from tourism and in turn, are becoming stewards of the natural ecosystem that attract birders to the country.
From: $5800 USD per person, double occupancy, not including international airfare. Single Supplement $650. Airfare approximately $900 from the USA, or $1400 from London, depending on origin (quoted August 2019).
Group Size: Maximum 12 participants, not including leaders. Minimum group size is 5 participants.
About Carl Safina: Carl is best known for lyrical non-fiction writing about nature and conservation. His work explores how humans are changing the living world, and what the changes mean for non-human beings and for us all. His work fuses scientific understanding, emo- tional connection, and a moral call to action. His writing has won a MacArthur “genius” prize; Pew and Guggenheim Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He earned a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers studying seabirds, then spent a decade working to ban high-seas drift nets and to overhaul U.S. fishing policy. He has written extensively about terns and albatrosses, held a master falconry license, and worked for The Peregrine Fund. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and is the founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean. His writ- ing appears in The New York Times, TIME, Audubon, Yale e360, and on the Web at National Geographic, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and elsewhere. His books include the classic, Song for the Blue Ocean. Carl’s most recent book—his seventh—is Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. He lives on Long Island, New York with his wife Patricia and their dogs and feathered friends