About Your Leader
Ben Jones is an avid naturalist and enthusiastic birder. Originally from Nederland, TX, Ben grew up between the Gulf Coast and the Big Thicket - two extraordinary ecosystems with world-class birding. Ben serves as Director of Education for Audubon Texas, supporting education programs at three Audubon Centers across the state. He has been involved in bird conservation, focused on Interior Least Tern, Black-capped Vireo, and Mourning Dove. For the past seven years Ben has co-led research expeditions to study Caribbean flamingos in the Yucatan. Ben is excited about experiencing Cuban culture, supporting Cuban conservation work, and meeting conservation colleagues on the island. Cuba plays a critical role in bird migration across the hemisphere. What happens there, matters here.
Photo by Ernesto Reyes
|Cuban Tody; courtesy Holbrook Travel|
The Birder's Cuba: An Audubon Journey
Connecting Avian Communities
October 2 - October 14, 2012
|Join Audubon leader Ben Jones for a unique opportunity to interact with Cuban naturalists as you study the birds of Cuba. This 13-day excursion is made possible by the National Audubon Society's one-year license for travel to Cuba, focusing on the unique avifauna of the island and creating people-to-people connections with Cuban conservationists and environmental communities. The program provides the chance to observe a wide variety of Cuba's reported 370 species of birds, including highlights such as the Bee Hummingbird and the Zapata Wren.|
|Program Highlights |
- Forge ties with Cuban naturalists and ornithologists while supporting conservation in the region.
- Interact with talented students and learn about the growth and development of the Korimacao Community Project.
- Learn from Dr. Hiram Gonzáles, a Cuban ornithologist with a specialty in endangered species.
- Journey to Las Terrazas, home to Cuba's national bird, the Tocororo, and the world's smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird.
- Meet with representatives of the Nunez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity.
- Encounter endemic species such as the Cuban Trogon and the Cuban Tody.
- Explore the colonial jewel of Trinidad and learn about its history.
- Look for a wide variety of shorebirds and colonies of flamingos at Cayo Coco and surrounding islands.