Madagascar – Bemanevika – The Best Day of Birding of Our Lives (SERIOUSLY.)

If you were to stop and think about locations in the world where it is possible to see two different species of birds with a COMBINED population of less than 100 individuals, you probably wouldn't be able to think of many. I know this because we sat down and tried to come up with another … Continue reading Madagascar – Bemanevika – The Best Day of Birding of Our Lives (SERIOUSLY.)

Madagascar – The Tsingy Extension (AKA The WORST Car Ride of Our Lives)

Ross and I had planned quite the six-month backpacking/birding extravaganza, spending four months in Indonesia and following that up with a tour around the Indian Ocean Islands. The last stop on our trip was Madagascar, a place we had definitely been looking forward to. Our goal was to spend 35 days in the country and … Continue reading Madagascar – The Tsingy Extension (AKA The WORST Car Ride of Our Lives)

Sumba – Indonesia – Where Everything Went Just Right

Indonesia, a dream destination for anyone who enjoys tropical mountains, white sand beaches, warm ocean water and gorgeous landscapes --- also a dream destination for anyone interested in the myriad of bird species found there. Both Ross and I are super excited to be in Indonesia, as neither of us have ever been here before. … Continue reading Sumba – Indonesia – Where Everything Went Just Right

The Caribbean – Our Dominican Republic Adventure – March 15-20, 2016

With incredible natural beauty, top resorts, golf courses, and beaches, it’s no surprise that the Dominican Republic is the most visited tourist destination in the Caribbean. But all of that tourist charm isn’t what drove Ross and I to spend more time in the Dominican Republic than any of our previous islands—it was the birds. … Continue reading The Caribbean – Our Dominican Republic Adventure – March 15-20, 2016

The Caribbean – Bienvenidos a Puerto Rico! – March 12-15, 2016

Puerto Rico, the fourth-largest island in the Greater Antilles was a fascinating place to visit. Although a territory of the United States, I never spent much time thinking about what that would mean. I originally expected the infrastructure and socioeconomic well-being of its citizens to only be slightly better than some of the other countries … Continue reading The Caribbean – Bienvenidos a Puerto Rico! – March 12-15, 2016

The World’s Tiniest Owl – June 21-26, 2015 – Updates from North Peru

The morning of June 21st we woke up super early (AKA 4:30 AM) to make sure we’d be at our intended destination before dawn, because we were headed to Bagua Chica, aka “the hottest city in Peru,” and we wanted to beat the heat! Aside for being famous for the heat, this small town is … Continue reading The World’s Tiniest Owl – June 21-26, 2015 – Updates from North Peru

Finding a Cloud Forest Screech Owl – June 8-10, 2015 – Villa Rica & Ulcumano Ecolodge

Villa Rica, an area dominated by shade-grown coffee plantations, makes for surprisingly good birding. Located in the central part of the Peruvian Selva, Villa Rica is a quaint area with comfortable weather and is home to many bird species, many which we had never seen before and were excited to find! After leaving Satipo road, … Continue reading Finding a Cloud Forest Screech Owl – June 8-10, 2015 – Villa Rica & Ulcumano Ecolodge

The Amazon with Muyuna Lodge & AMR – May 26-June 1, 2015

The Wattled Curassow, a game-type bird that was nearly hunted to extinction. Found in remote rain forests in the western Amazon Basin, this particular bird was once widespread but is now endangered and extremely hard to come by. Currently the only reliable location to ‘tick’ this bird is from a particular lodge located near some … Continue reading The Amazon with Muyuna Lodge & AMR – May 26-June 1, 2015