Costa Rica: Monteverde and Caño Negro

With Glenn Phillips and Richard Garrigues

Saturday, March 8 - Saturday, March 15, 2014
(Pre-trip workshops: Thursdays, February 20 and 27, 6:30-8:30pm)


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[b]Roseate Spoonbill [/b][br] by Richard GarriguesRoseate Spoonbill
by Richard Garrigues
Join Executive Director Glenn Phillips and Richard Garrigues, author of Birds of Costa Rica, for a tour of some of Costa Rica's most beautiful and fascinating landscapes, home to a dizzying array of tropical birds including over two dozen hummingbird species. We'll visit the high elevation forests of Monteverde, world-renown as a destination for birders, as well as lesser-known, but amazingly productive, birding sites in the northern part of the country. 

[b]Emerald Toucanet[/b][br]©  Richard GarriguesEmerald Toucanet
© Richard Garrigues
Costa Rica, with over 820 bird species, is the premier destination for tropical birding, with easy travel, a friendly local population and a strong commitment to conservation and sustainable development. We expect to see around 200 species as we explore a variety of tropical habitats, including cloud forests,  seasonal dry forests, carribbean lowland rainforest and tropical freshwater wetlands. Highlight species that we will look for include roseate spoonbill, emerald toucanet, black guan,crested guan, great currasow,lovely cotinga, white-throated magpie-jay, all five Costa Rican species of motmots (including the tody motmot), over a dozen species of hummingbirds, parrots, antbirds, trogons, silky-flycatchers and many more. While many species in Costa Rica are widespread, there are many endemic or range-restricted species which can only be found in this region. Also, we'll keep our eyes peeled for many common North American migrant species that depend on intact ecosystems in this region for wintering habitat, such as chestnut-sided warbler, Wilson's warbler, and Baltimore oriole.

Our accomodations include Hotel de Montaña Monteverde and the Celeste Mountain Lodge, considered one of the top twenty-five resorts in Central America for its food and service, as well as  Hotel Bougainvillea in San Jose, where most birding trips to Costa Rica begin. Many exciting birds can be observed on the grounds of our hotels and lodges, though each day will include several opportunities to walk to see birds and explore the diverse habitats of Costa Rica. Walks are generally short (1-3 miles at a slow pace), but trails may be steep and slippery. The climate in Costa Rica during late February is generally agreeable, with little rain and daytime temperatures ranging from the low 70's to the mid 80's, depending on elevation. Night-time temperatures will be milder, especially at the higher elevations.

[b]Black Guan[/b][br]© Richard GarriguesBlack Guan
© Richard Garrigues
Price includes two pre-trip workshops. Limited to 12 people. $1,995 per person (double occupancy, $300 single room supplement). For all national and international trips, membership in NYC Audubon at the Student/Senior level and up is required.





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 For a trip report from last year's Costa Rica tour, click here. 

Some images from last year's tour below:



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