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"As the path of the birds in the air or of fishes in the water is invisible, even so is the path of the possessors of wisdom."
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Some birding sites...
El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System, but it is different from all other because
of its year-round tropical climate and immense biodiversity.  It is nominated as one of the World New Seven Nature Wonders.  It was
in El Yunque where the Elfin Woods Warbler was discovered here in the 1970´s.  And you know what?  It is located 45 minutes from
San Juan and a few minutes from hotels located in Luquillo, Río Grande, and Fajardo.
El Yunque is a one-stop paradise for birding lovers.  We have been offering these birding trips at this Forest for the past fourteen years.  Hilda Morales
will be your host, a Certified Tour Guide and Naturalist.  You can select from a half-day, full-day or just combine El Yunque with other sites near the
Forest. In one day you can combine a tropical rain forest (El Yunque) with a dry forest area (old naval station at Roosevelt Roads--Medio Mundo and
Daguo Nature Reserve).
  • Endemic species:  Tody, Woodpecker, Spindalis, Bullfinch, Tanager, Lizard Cuckoo, Oriole, Screech Owl, Green Mango, Emerald, Flycatcher,
    Adelaide´s Warbler, and rare endemics, such as:  Puerto Rican Amazon, Elfin-Woods Warbler, and Vireo.
  • Near endemics:  Loggerhead Kingbird, Antillean Euphonia, Lesser Antillean Pewee (rare).
  • Antillean & Caribbean specialties:  Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Antillean Mango, Green-throated Carib.
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  • Endemic species:  Tody, Woodpecker, Spindalis, Oriole, Screech Owl, Green Mango, Emerald, Flycatcher, Adelaide´s Warbler, Yellow-shouldered
    Blackbird.
  • Near endemics:  Loggerhead Kingbird.
  • Antillean & Caribbean specialties:  Antillean Mango, Caribbean Elaenia.
Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge - The present lagoon is a remnant of what was once a large open expanse of water and
one of the most important freshwater habitats for migratin waterfowl and aquatic birds in Puerto Rico. Due to agricultural practices,
about 90 percent of the lagoon is covered with cattail. Intensive cattle grazing and sugar cane production have greatly altered the
original landscape.

In addition to the lagoon, there are uplands that include pastureland, abandoned sugar cane fields, and 263 acres in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja.
These hills, geologically the oldest in the Caribbean, protect native forest with many endemic plant species. The area is a stopover for neotropical migrants
and several species of waterbirds. The endangered yellow-shouldered blackbird and peregrine falcon have been reported on the refuge.  [
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  • Endemic species:  Tody, Woodpecker, Spindalis, Bullfinch, Tanager, Lizard Cuckoo, Oriole, Screech Owl, Green Mango, Emerald, Flycatcher,
    Adelaide´s Warbler, and rare endemics, such as:  Puerto Rican Amazon, Elfin-Woods Warbler, and Vireo.
  • Near endemics:  Loggerhead Kingbird, Antillean Euphonia, Lesser Antillean Pewee (rare).
  • Antillean & Caribbean specialties:  Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Antillean Mango, Green-throated Carib.
The Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge – within Puerto Rico's Southwestern Important Bird Area – have been designated as the
Caribbean's first site of regional importance for shorebirds by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN, an
international shorebird conservation strategy).

The Cabo Rojo Salt Flats is a 500 ha National Wildlife Refuge managed by the USFWS, and it supports over 5% of Caribbean breeding population of 'Snowy'
Plover Charadrius alexandrinus tenuirostris and 2.5% of the Caribbean's Wilson Plovers C. wilsonia.  Over 20,000 shorebirds representing 28 species
congregate at this special site. This includes large numbers of Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla, Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes, Black-necked
Stilt Himantopus mexicanus, and Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres.  [
...more]
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  • Endemic species:  Tody, Woodpecker, Spindalis, Bullfinch, Tanager, Lizard Cuckoo, Oriole, Screech Owl, Green Mango, Emerald, Flycatcher,
    Adelaide´s Warbler, and rare endemics, such as:  Puerto Rican Amazon, Elfin-Woods Warbler, and Vireo.
  • Near endemics:  Loggerhead Kingbird, Antillean Euphonia, Lesser Antillean Pewee (rare).
  • Antillean & Caribbean specialties:  Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Antillean Mango, Green-throated Carib.
The Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge – within Puerto Rico's Southwestern Important Bird Area – have been
designated as the Caribbean's first site of regional importance for shorebirds by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird
Reserve Network (WHSRN, an international shorebird conservation strategy).
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The Cabo Rojo Salt Flats is a 500 ha National Wildlife Refuge managed by the USFWS, and it supports over 5% of Caribbean breeding population of 'Snowy'
Plover Charadrius alexandrinus tenuirostris and 2.5% of the Caribbean's Wilson Plovers C. wilsonia.  Over 20,000 shorebirds representing 28 species
congregate at this special site. This includes large numbers of Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla, Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes, Black-necked
Stilt Himantopus mexicanus, and Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres.  [
...more]


A one hour drive takes us to the small mountainous town of Maricao
where we will be looking for the target endemic birds of the day:  
Elfin-Woods Warbler, Tody, Tanager, Spindalis, Adelaide´s Warbler,
Emerald, Bullfinch, Green Mango, Lizard Cuckoo, Vireo, Oriole,
Woodpecker, and Flycatcher; plus near endemics, such as the Lesser
Antillean Pewee and Antillean Euphonia.   This option is offered as a
half-day birding trip (morning or afternoon) or a full-day and includes
transportation from Mayagüez.
3695  11 junio    3810  28 junio  3853  19 julio
3928  17agosto    4021  18sep   4274  4dic
4359  2ene  4449  18ene  4706  17mar
4776  2abr  4807  10abr   4907  8may
4925   15may   4956  21may  5014  3jun  5022  15jun  
5061    5083  24jun   5195  23jul
6432  15mar2010
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Updated April 13, 2017.
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  • Endemic species:  Tody, Woodpecker, Spindalis, Bullfinch, Tanager, Lizard Cuckoo, Oriole, Screech Owl, Green Mango, Emerald, Flycatcher,
    Adelaide´s Warbler, and rare endemics, such as:  Puerto Rican Amazon, Elfin-Woods Warbler, and Vireo.
  • Near endemics:  Loggerhead Kingbird, Antillean Euphonia, Lesser Antillean Pewee (rare).
  • Antillean & Caribbean specialties:  Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Antillean Mango, Green-throated Carib.
Roosevelt Roads old naval station (Medio Mundo & Daguao) – Do you know that 15 of the 17 endemic species of Puerto Rico can
be seeing in the eastern tip of the mainland in a extended full-day birding trip?  Do you know that the five hummers that nest in
Puerto Rico can be seeing in a half-birding trip in this region?

Endemics species in this new protected land:  Yellow-shouldered Black Bird, Adelaide´s Warbler, Woodpecker, Flycatcher, Lizard Cuckoo, Tody, Oriole, VIreo,
Screech Owl, and Spindalis.  Caribbean specialties:  Green-throated Carib, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Caribbean Elaenia, Caribbean Coot, and other
species, such as:  Venezuelan Troupial, White-crowned Pigeon, and migratory species.  Book your birding trip now!
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