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Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour 2016

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Objective: A relaxed Honduras birding contest wherein 5 teams of 10 participants will each be led by an international team leader, and one expert, Honduran birding guide. Teams will bird a rich diversity of tropical habitats through 3 main locations in Honduras. Teams and locations will be rotated to maximize enjoyment. Team recording the greatest number of species will win a $20,000 award to the Honduran/international birding conservation projects of that team’s choice. Teams 2, 3, 4, and 5 will draw from additional prizes benefiting birding and conservation in Honduras.

Team Leaders: Tim Appleton (Co-founder and Organizer of the British Birdfair) Richard Crossley (Crossley Books, Crossley Wildlife and Birding ID Guide Series) Jeff Gordon (President, American Birding Association) Adam Riley (Owner, Rockjumper Birding Tours, ORYX Wildlife Tours, ORYX Photo Tours) Bill Thompson lll (Editor, Birdwatcher’s Digest Magazine)



Local Guides: Alex Alvarado (Honduran Birds) Jose Santos Calderon (The Lodge at Pico Bonito) Elmer Escoto (The Lodge at Pico Bonito) Esdras Lopez (Freelance Birding Guide) William Orellana (Beaks and Peaks)





Date: Nov. 4 to 13, 2016

10-Day Itinerary: Arrival day, 4 nights Pico Bonito National Park (Lodge at Pico Bonito), 2 nights Cerro Azul National Park/Lake Yojoa (Panacam Lodge), 2 nights Copan, Honduras (Hotel Marina Copan). Closing and awards dinner: The final night of November 12, 2016 will be a special Awards Dinner with an very special honored guest.

Price: $2,286.00 per person double occupancy, $2,673.00 per person single occupancy. Includes all guided birding, guide fees, entrance fees, lodging, meals, in-country transportation. Registration opening: November 15, 2015. Please call us - 251 861 2524 - to secure your place as this exciting conservation birding tour will sell out quickly.

Supporters: USAID, Honduran Institute of Tourism, The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Panacam Lodge, American Birding Association, Birdwatcher’s Digest, Honduran Birds, Birdfair, Honduras Casa Presidencial, ASHO, Canaturh, ICF, Birding Adventures TV, Race for Birds Foundation, Rockjumper Tours, Eagle Optics, Leica Optics, Zeiss Optics.

First Prize: 1. $10,000 for the Honduras conservation project of team’s choice. $10,000 for international conservation project of team leader’s choice. A $1,000 Rockjumper Tours voucher for each team member. Additional Awards:

2. $10,000 for Honduras conservation project of team’s choice +$500 Pico Bonito Lodge voucher per participant.

3. Zeiss Conservation Prize: $5,000 and binoculars for project of team’s choice +$500 Pico Bonito Lodge voucher per participant.

4. Leica Conservation Prize: 5 Pair of Leica binoculars for event guides +$500 Pico Bonito Lodge voucher per participant.

5. Eagle Optics Conservation Prize: 10 pairs of Eagle Optics binoculars for local Honduran guides +$500 Pico Bonito Lodge voucher per participant.

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Conservation Projects: 1. Las Orquidias Ecological Reserve (endangered Honduran Emerald, Three-wattled Bellbird).

2. Macaw Mountain Scarlet Macaw Reintroduction Program.

3. Fuente de Vida, Resplendent Quetzal Cloud-forest Restoration Program.

4. Eastern Olancho Harpy Eagle Program.

5. Zamorano University/E-bird Educational Program.