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Virtual Birding Trip: Ecuador’s Magical Cloudforests
January 19 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am EST$12 – $17
In an exciting birding partnership with Lifer Nature Tours, Indiana Audubon is happy to present winter quarantine virtual birding field trips throughout the tropics. Cloud forests are unique ecosystems and the one located in Northwest Ecuador is renowned for their biological abundance of birds rich in bright and stunning colors and of course a high diversity of range-restricted hummingbirds. Located less than 2 hours north of Quito, the cloud forests of Mindo are world famous stops for birders and nature lovers of all stripes. Over 400 species of birds and some of the most emblematic of all South America.
The place from where this Live Virtual Birding Tour will be held is located around 15 km from Mindo, in the middle of the deep cloud forest of the Nono Road: The Birdwatchers House. The only place in where birds as good as Toucan Barbet, White-faced Nunbird and Plate-billed Mountain Toucan can visit the gardens and specially the famous feeding stations and water holes. Many other more regular birds will be seen in this tour like Flame-faced, Golden, Golden-naped, Black-capped tanagers and Blue-winged Mountain-tanager.
Andres, one of the most famous birders of the country with vast knowledge of the birds of the region and impecable English will share his bird identification skills providing all field marks to get the right identification of similar looking birds and deep knowledge of natural history of each species. Is truly a unique experience. As Andres finds birds with his sharp eye, some at the bird feeders, some at the gardens around, he will quickly set up his scope on them and show you with great image quality (thanks to the high speed wifi available here).
This tour will be a great introduction to the dazzling flocks of multicolored tanagers visiting feeders but specially to the overwhelming hummingbirds that flock the bird feeders: Violet-tailed Sylph, Fawn-breasted and Empress brilliants, Purple-throated and Gorgeted woodstars, Buff-tailed Coronet, Tyrian Metaltail even the rare and subtle hummingbirds like the Hoary Puffleg or the range-restricted Gorgeted Sunangel might show up in there after a few minutes.
Registration proceeds are going towards Lifer Nature Tours and the beautiful sites that host these amazing birds. Registration is below, and is $12 for Indiana Audubon members ($17 for non members). A minimum of 5 participants is required. All virtual field trips begin at 8am EST/7am CST. Total time “in the field” is approximately one hour. All pre-registered participants will be sent a Zoom invite link prior to the event. IAS is donating the majority of the workshop fee directly to Lifer Nature Tours and the guides who’s lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For questions, visit Here.