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Operation RubyThroat
2014 Tropical Hummingbird Expeditions to Central America

(Updated 24 Mar 2014)

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Each winter since 2004-05, Dr. Bill Hilton Jr.--executive director of Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History--has offered excursions for teachers, citizen scientists, and other nature enthusiasts to Central America to observe and band Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (RTHU) on their wintering grounds. An internationally recognized hummingbird expert and educator-naturalist, Hilton is the only scientist conducting long-term systematic studies of RTHU in Central America, with 798 banded in western Costa Rica, 109 in eastern Costa Rica (where "RTHU are not supposed to be"), 62 in Guatemala, 111 in Belize, and two in El Salvador; that's more than a thousand RTHU banded in the Neotropics--far more than the 46 that had ever been captured there prior to Hilton's first expedition in the winter of 2004-05.

All trips are under the auspices of Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project and logistics are handled by Holbrook Travel. No field experience is necessary--just a willingness to help discover new information about ruby-throats on the OTHER end of their migratory route.

NOTE: Alumni of any Holbrook Professional Development Expedition--including past Operation RubyThroat trips--are eligible for a $100 discount on each of two or more Operation RubyThroat excursions in a calendar year. New participants may also get a discount by signing up for two trips in a given field season.


JOIN OPERATION RUBYTHROAT FOR 2014-15
HUMMINGBIRD EXPEDITIONS TO THE NEOTROPICS

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, "Weeks" are actually nine days long,
including a travel day on either end.

Trips fill quickly and some already have only a few slots remaining. Prices cover all land costs (lodging, food, activities, instruction, etc.) and are based on 12 participants; air fare, tips & exit tax extra. Click on a trip name below for a detailed itinerary and other info. To reserve your space, contact:
Debbie Sturdivant at Holbrook Travel
toll-free at (866) 748-6146



---2014-15 EXPEDITIONS---

•Fall 2014•

•COSTA RICA (east) 2014•
NOW OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT
(see itinerary)
8-16 November 2014
San Jose/Ujarrás
9 days--$1,995, plus air

Current weather for Orosi Valley & Ujarrás, Costa Rica:

Click for Orosi, Costa Rica Forecast 


•Winter 2015•

•COSTA RICA (west)•
(see 2012 description for typical itinerary)

24 Jan-1 Feb
Liberia/Guanacaste
9 days--Dates & pricing to be announced

Current weather for Liberia, Costa Rica:

Click for Liberia, Costa Rica Forecast 

•HONDURAS•
21
Feb-1 Mar 2014
Copan & vicinity
9 days--Itinerary & pricing to be announced

Click for Copan, Honduras Forecast 

•BELIZE 2015•
(see 2014 description for typical itinerary)
7-15 Mar 2014
Crooked Tree
9 days--Pricing to be announced

Current weather for Belize City, Belize:

Click for Belize City, Belize Forecast 

•Fall 2015•

•GUATEMALA•
(see 2013 description for typical itinerary)
Oct or Nov 2015
Lake Atitlán/San Pedro
8 days--Dates & pricing to be announced

Current weather for Lake Atitlán, Guatemala:

Click for Panajachel, Guatemala Forecast 

•COSTA RICA (east) 2015•
(see 2014 description for typical itinerary)
November or December 2014
San Jose/Ujarrás
9 days--Dates & pricing to be announced

Current weather for Orosi Valley & Ujarrás, Costa Rica:

Click for Orosi, Costa Rica Forecast 


Multi-trip AND alumni discounts are available as we follow
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds during migration throughout
Central America.



For complete reports on all of Operation RubyThroat's successful Neotropical Hummingbird Banding Expeditions, please visit
This Week at Hilton Pond at the following links:

PLUS

See a write-up about the 2006 trip in the
May/June 2006 Costa Rica Outdoors magazine

All text & photos © Hilton Pond Center


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