Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

The demand for Audubon Cuba trips called “Nature Odysseys” is very high. The two spring 2012 trips sold out very quickly.

Since OFAC has not yet renewed the people to people travel license for Audubon, there are only two trips scheduled for the rest of 2012.

Both are Cuba bird watching trips in October. These are the last two programs offered before their OFAC license expires on October 31. Audubon has submitted an application for renewal of the license and it is currently pending along with most of the nearly 140 licenses that have been granted over the past year.

The Birder’s Cuba: An Audubon Journey Connecting Avian Communities

Join Audubon leader Ben Jones from October 2 to 14 or Monica Iglecia from October 16 to 28 for a unique opportunity to interact with Cuban naturalists as you study the birds of Cuba.

These 13 day excursions are made possible by the National Audubon Society’s one-year license for travel to Cuba, focusing on the unique avi-fauna of the island and creating people to people connections with Cuban conservationists and environmental communities. The program provides the chance to observe a wide variety of Cuba’s reported 370 species of birds, including highlights such as the Bee Hummingbird and Zapata Wren.

Cuba Bird Watching Program Highlights

Forge ties with Cuban naturalists and ornithologists while supporting conservation in the region.

Learn from Dr. Hiram Gonzáles, a Cuban ornithologist with a specialty in endangered species.

Interact with talented students and learn about the growth and development of the Korimacao Community Project.

Journey to Las Terrazas, home to Cuba’s national bird, the Tocororo, and the world’s smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird.

Meet with representatives of the Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity.

Encounter endemic species such as the Cuban Tody, Cuban Grassquit, and Cuban Crow.

Explore the colonial jewel of Trinidad and learn about its history.

Look for a wide variety of shorebirds and colonies of flamingos at Cayo Coco and surrounding islands.

Price per person is $4,625, based on 15 participants.

If you are interested in registering or have additional questions, contact Debbie Sturdivant at Holbrook Travel at 866-748-6146 or by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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