Thursday, November 5, 2015

Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour: November 4 – 13, 2016

Have binocular, will travel: that's the M.O. of lucky birders who have the time and budget for birding trips and tours in exotic locations around the world. More and more, these birders look for tours that contribute to bird conservation in these destinations. Ideally, this sort of eco-tourism benefits both the host country's economy and its ability to preserve and set aside bird habitat. It's a win-win. If you're looking for an opportunity like this, along with a bit of friendly competition, you'll definitely want to consider the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour.

Keel-billed Toucan photo by James Adams

The Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour is an exciting endeavor, and the first of its kind. Besides reveling in the amazing diversity of bird life in Honduras, participants will be joining one of 5 teams--each led by a well-known leader in the birding industry. A grand prize of $20,000 will be awarded for conservation initiatives in the name of the team who records the highest number of species! Other tremendous prizes will be awarded, too--thanks to generous sponsors of this unique event. Eagle Optics is proud to be one of these sponsors! See the list of prizes and the conservation projects that will benefit from them here.

Crested Bobwhite photo by Alex Alvarado
As the tour website states, "The concepts of birding and conservation in Honduras are relatively new; having arisen in large part from growing avi-tourism and a number of national and local bird watching clubs that have developed over the past decade.  Today despite all our successes, there are still countless areas, habitats, species that are in need of further research and protection.  In addition, there is a greater need than ever to join Hondurans in embracing their natural world, and to further education."  The size and scope of the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour can and will have a far-reaching impact on the country's 5 selected conservation initiatives. What an opportunity for participants to make a real difference! No special birding knowledge is required. Find out how to reserve your spot here.

Stripe-tailed Hummingbird photo by James Adams
The list of tour leaders, one for each of the 5 teams, reads like a Who's Who of the birding world: Richard Crossley, Jeff Gordon, Bill Thompson III, Tim Appleton, and Adam Riley. Registered participants will be assigned to a team, though individual requests to be on a desired leader's team will be considered. And then--what is a tour without an expert local guide? This tour provides the best and most knowledgeable local guides available.

To say the least, you'll be in good hands, folks. All you have to do is register, pull out the map, dream about the thrilling itinerary and gracious accommodations, and get yourself there next November. Here is your chance to be a part of the most ambitious eco-birding tour ever!

Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff
Binoculars: Bring them. See what they bring you.

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