The Jungle Babbler - Tropical Birding's newsletter
On April 16th at 6:58 pm local time, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northwest coast of Ecuador. Many of Tropical Birding's guides and staff are based in Ecuador, and fortunately all of us came through it OK, and those with relatives near the earthquake report that they are unhurt as well. We had two tours groups at Tandayapa and they are also fine (and the lodge undamaged), being far enough from the epicenter to avoid significant damage. Tragically, towns near the epicenter have been devastated with significant loss of life and major damage, from which it will take years to recover. Ecuadorians are generous people, and the outpouring of support has been significant. Tropical Birding is also donating $1000 to the relief effort. If you wish to donate, this webpage lists some ways foreigners can help. We do not expect the earthquake to affect our most popular Ecuador tours, but feel free to check with us before booking if you are concerned.
Spring migration is in full swing! Several of our guides are now in High Island, Texas until the end of the month - check out their bird reports here. Soon they will be moving on to other events in the US. Please see the list at the end of this newsletter for more details.
Recently posted trip reports include successful tours to Spain, Morocco, and Costa Rica.
If you are looking for a tour to join, the latest special offers, trip reports, or where to meet some of the TB team soon, all the details can be found below...
SPECIAL OFFERS: We are offering a limited-time 10% discount on the following tours
IMPORTANT NEWS-BRAZIL VISA WAIVER:
Due to this year's Rio Olympics, there will be a temporary visa waiver, making it easier for North Americans and Australians to visit. This applies even for tourists not going to the Olympics, so will cover all of the Tropical Birding 2016 Brazil tours between June and September.
CONFIRMED TOURS WITH AVAILABILITY: All these tours are confirmed and still have space available at time of writing.
These are just some of the tours we offer; for the complete tour schedule, please see our website at www.tropicalbirding.com. Also don't forget that we run dozens of customized private tours every year to these and many other destinations; a custom tour can be an attractive option for groups that enjoy traveling together, for those who want to get off the beaten track, or for people whose work schedules make joining a set-departure tour difficult.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Catch up with the Tropical Birding guides and staff at the following events.
Florida's Birding and Photofest - 27 April-1 May 2016. Pablo Cervantes and Nick Athanas will be giving presentations; and come meet Desiree D'Sylva on the TB stand. Use our promo code for a free registration at Florida's Birding and Photofest!
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-floridas-birding-and-photo-fest-tickets-20523258619 to view the events available for the 2016 Florida's Birding and Photo Fest. At the bottom of the EventBrite page, click on Promotional Code and enter the TBTFREE code, click Apply. At the top of the EventBrite page, select (1) next to the Registration (discounted 100%) listing, then find and select any other photo seminars you'd like to attend and check out.