Spring 2018 Migration Cuba Bird Survey
April 3 – 13, 2018: Cuba Bird Survey
Travel to Cuba’s Western Mountains, Zapata Peninsula, Northern Archipelago, Escambray Valley and Havana.
April 13 – 14, 2018: Optional Havana Extension
Our full day EXTENSION OPTION in the city will include all meals, a guided city tour, including a walking tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana) and the 4 original plazas, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
You Are Invited
You are invited on an exclusive, U.S. led and managed birding program to Cuba! The program is managed by the Caribbean Conservation Trust, Inc. (CCT), which is based in Connecticut. In early 2017 CCT staff began their 21st year of managing bird conservation and natural history programs in Cuba. Along with CCT Ornithologist Michael Good, our team will include award-winning Cuban artist, author, and naturalist Nils Navarro, a bilingual Cuban tour leader and local naturalists in 4 different birding regions. They will guide you through some of the best bird habitats in Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest and most ecologically diverse island nation.
CCT designed this itinerary to take you to Cuba’s finest bird habitats, most beautiful national parks, diverse biosphere reserves, and unique natural areas. We will interact with local scientists and naturalists who work in research and conservation. In addition to birding, we will learn about the ecology and history of regions we visit. Finally, and especially given the ongoing changes in U.S. – Cuban relations, we can expect some degree of inquiry into fascinating aspects of Cuban culture, history, and daily living during our visit.
Where We Will Travel
Las Terrazas Community
Cuba’s Western Mountains
Zapata Peninsula - Bay of Pigs
Cayo Coco and Cuba’s Atlantic Archipelago
Sancti Spiritus, the Escambray Valley and Colonial Trinidad
Our program concludes in HAVANA, among the most authentic colonial cities in the Americas. Upon our return to Havana at the end of the birding program, you will have the option of spending two evenings in Havana, one of Latin America’s best preserved and most compelling colonial cities.
Our full day EXTENSION OPTION in the city will include all meals, a guided city tour, including a walking tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana) and the 4 original plazas, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Old Havana is like a living museum, and is currently undergoing rapid, energetic change. As a special treat we will also visit the home and private ornithological collection of Orlando Garrido, Cuba’s most prolific living naturalist and senior author of the Field Guide To the Birds of Cuba.
Registration, Trip Costs, Terms, and Conditions
Land costs for the 11-day program are $ 4,295.00 per person for shared accommodations, with an additional $ 550.00 for Single supplements. The 1 day/night Havana extension option is $ 345.00 per person sharing and $ 395.00 per single traveler. Reservation forms are accepted on a first come, first served basis, and must be accompanied by a $ 700.00 deposit payable to Caribbean Conservation Trust. Enrollment is limited to 14 travelers. CCT Cuba programs have sold out quickly this season. Fewer participants may result in a reasonable small group supplement. With a total of 12 participants, add $ 250.00 per person for a small group supplement.