NORTH-CENTRAL KARST REGION August 16, 2020

We'll bird the Northern Karst region, driving from San Juan and stopping along the way to look for Puerto Rican endemics plus many Caribbean specialties. 

Karst, a landscape characterized by eroded limestone, covers more than one third of the island’s territory. The Northern Karst is located primarily in the subtropical moist forest life zone.

The karst region originated in a marine environment, as many as 140 million years ago. Geological processes have created spectacular landforms, such as the haystack hills, or mogotes, which are unique formations within the United States. Due to its rugged topography the karst region of Puerto Rico holds the most extensive forest canopy cover on the island.

The karst region also harbors the richest biodiversity in Puerto Rico, with more than 1,300 species of plants and animals found here. It is prime habitat for most of the native and endemic species of wildlife, including 30 Federally listed threatened and endangered species. Many of these species are only known from karst ecosystems. More than 75 species of Neotropical migratory birds use the karst as wintering habitat. The northern karst belt of Puerto Rico has also been identified as a viable release site for the establishment of the second wild population of the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot.

Some of the forests and reserves we may visit if needed: Tortuguero Lagoon Natural Reserve, Cambalache State Forest, Caño Tiburones. 

US$80 pp
Min 9 - Max 13
0630-1500 approx. - from the Puerto Rico Convention Center

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Among the endemic birds that are possible in this area are:

Adelaide's Warbler
Puerto Rican Vireo
Puerto Rican Tody
Puerto Rican Woodpecker
Puerto Rican Flycatcher
Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo
Puerto Rican Spindalis
Puerto Rican Bullfinch
Puerto Rican Oriole
Puerto Rican Emerald
Green Mango

Among the birds that might catch your interest and are possible today:

Loggerhead Kingbird 
Antillean Euphonia 
Puerto Rican Pewee 
Antillean Mango
Black-whiskered Vireo
Grasshopper Sparrow
Mangrove Cuckoo
Bridled Tern
White-tailed Tropicbird
White-cheeked Pintail
West Indian Whistling Duck
White-crowned Pigeon
Scaly-naped Pigeon
Least Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Pearly-eyed Thrasher
Red-legged Thrush
Caribbean Martin

... and more.

When
August 16th, 2020 6:30 AM   through   4:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Fee $ 80.00