Spring into the Rainforest: Costa Rica Virtual Birding IV
March 30 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am EDT
*This event starts at 8am ET/7am CT*
The mythical Arenal Volcano and all the wonderful birds of the foothill rainforest can be simply overwhelming. Join this new Live Virtual Birding Tour from a new hotspot called Papa’s Place to get a first glimpse of how to get around the area, where the best birding locations are and overall, how is the bird activity at one of the best bird feeding stations of the entire area. This location is just a humble Costa Rican house but in the middle of a lush rainforest in which the owners (Gerald and Pri) have managed to set up banana and corn feeders that attract a wide variety of species.
The session starts as Juan Diego will give you an overview of the Arenal area and he will go to action immediately with our first birds through his sharp Swarovski HD spotting scope. As we broadcast live from a busy bird feeder the clear and constant views of Scarlet-rumped, Blue-gray, Golden-hooded, Palm and Crimson-collared Tanagers are almost granted, then Honeycreepers as well, like Green and Red-legged. The immaculate Tropical Mockingbird, the noisy Gray-headed Chachalacas, giant Crested Guan and even maybe Collared Aracari and Yellow-throated Toucans are usually around. With some luck and patience a Broad-billed Motmot or a family of White-fronted Nunbirds can give us pleasant surprises in the big wall of forest right behind the feeders. Imagine how spectacular will be to have your Lifer secretive motmot on a virtual tour! Even a Three-toed Sloth can be seen from this location. This is not a pre-recorded session and not a secure and well-memorized PowerPoint presentation, this is real birding live from the heart of the rainforest. As Juan Diego shows you and identifies every bird species he will also explain to you about the bird behavior and curious facts on each bird we see. Plus at one point he might show you the local Costa Rican house and introduce our kind guests in case you want to get in contact and visit in the future.
This local family has been seriously impacted by the total tourism crash due to the pandemic so a good part of your tour is going to them and it will contribute to keep the feeders running and their little hotspot alive, all thanks to your virtual presence in this magical area. You will be surprised with all you can learn and connect with just an hour of Live Virtual Birding Virtual Birding.
This virtual birding experience is in partnership with Lifer Nature Tours and a portion of the proceeds will go directly toward local guides and the property owners. Participants will be sent a Zoom link approximately 1 week before the event. IAS member tickets are $15 and non-member tickets are $20.
Cover photo: Slaty-tailed Trogon by Tina Rosier