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Operation RubyThroat
2014-16 Tropical Hummingbird Expeditions to Central America

(Updated 22 Oct 2014)

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All text & photos © Hilton Pond Center

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, 108 in eastern Costa Rica (where "RTHU are not supposed to be"), 62 in Guatemala, 143 in Belize, and two in El Salvador; that's 1,112 RTHU banded in the Neotropics--far more than the 46 that had ever been captured there prior to Hilton's first expedition.

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) Jordan at Holbrook Travel
toll-free at (866) 748-6146


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



--- 2014-15 EXPEDITIONS ---

•Fall 2014•

•COSTA RICA (east) 2014•
2-3 SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE
(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) 2015•
(see 2015 description for itinerary)

24 Jan-1 Feb 2015
Liberia/Guanacaste
9 days--$2,195, plus air

Current weather for Liberia, Costa Rica:

Click for Liberia, Costa Rica Forecast 


•HONDURAS 2015•
TRIP POSTPONED UNTIL 2016


•BELIZE 2015•
(see 2014 description for typical itinerary)
14-21 Mar 2015
Crooked Tree/Bird's Eye View Lodge
8 days-Keystone College students ($2,675, includes air) AND
other adults ($1,995, plus air)

Current weather for Belize City, Belize:

Click for Belize City, Belize Forecast 

•Fall 2015•

•GUATEMALA 2015•
(see 2013 description for typical itinerary)
14-21 Oct 2015
Lake Atitlán/San Pedro
8 days--Itinerary & 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)
5-13 December 2015
San Jose/Ujarrás
9 days--Itinerary to be announced; $2,250

•WINTER 2016•

•COSTA RICA (west) 2016•
23-31 Jan 2016
Liberia/Guanacaste
9 days--Itinerary & pricing to be announced


•HONDURAS 2016•
6-14 February 2016
Copan & vicinity
9 days--Itinerary & pricing to be announced

Current weather for Copan, Honduras:

Click for Copan, Honduras Forecast 


•NICARAGUA 2016•
27 Feb-6 March 2016
Momtibelli/Mombacho
9 days--Itinerary & pricing to be announced


•BELIZE 2016•
(see 2014 description for typical itinerary)
19-26 Mar 2016
Crooked Tree/Bird's Eye View Lodge
Keystone College students AND other adults
8 days--Itinerary & pricing to be announced


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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