Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 pm

In his second of two visits this winter, Bill Gette, formerly head of Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, will take us to the West Indian nation of Trinidad and Tobago, which he visited in March, 2018. During his 8-day adventure on the big island of Trinidad, he explored world-famous wildlife viewing areas, including the Asa Wright Nature Centre, the rainforests of the Northern Range, Nariva Swamp, Caroni Swamp National Park, and the coast at Grande Riviere.

During his PowerPoint presentation, Bill will show you the magnificent birds that are commonly seen on the grounds of Asa Wright and in the Northern Range, including Green and Purple honeycreepers, Barred Antshrike, Spectacled Thrush, Silver-beaked Tanager, and many species of hummingbirds.  He will also take you on a photographic hike to Dunston Cave to view Oilbirds, nocturnal fruit-eaters that use echolocation to navigate and find food.

At Nariva Swamp on the east coast of Trinidad, Bill will show you photographs of Smooth-billed Ani, Wattled Jacana, and the tiny Pearl Kite.

Caroni Swamp National Park is home to Trinidad and Tobago’s National Bird, Scarlet Ibis.  Bill will take you for a boat ride along narrow canals in the swamp to see Red-capped Cardinal, Boat-billed Heron, and flocks of Scarlet Ibises.

Bill will end his presentation at Grande Riviere on the northeastern coast to see the endemic Trinidad Piping-Guan and view female Leatherback Sea Turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.

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