Described As A Paradise Inside A Paradise, This Nature Centre In Trinidad Is A Must For Bird Lovers.
The Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) in Trinidad is a non-profit Trust established in 1967. Its mission is to preserve part of the Arima Valley in its natural state and to protect its wildlife for future generations to enjoy.
The adventure begins on the drive up to the AWNC, which is off the beaten track through lush green forest, where banana, mango, cocoa, coffee, bamboo and almond trees grow.
Its one of the first nature centres in the West Indies as well as one of the most biodiverse areas. Comprising of nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land, with 108 mammals, the majority being different bat species, 2,200 species of flowering plants, 617 butterflies, the most updated figure is 460 birds. The guides are constantly monitoring birds in the area, and there has been an increase in species.
There are two endemic birds in Trinidad, the Trinidad Mot Mot and the Trinidad Piping Guan which can sometimes be seen at AWNC.
The main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by Secondary forest, surrounded by rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes has a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in the tropical rainforest.
Even though Poaching is not a significant problem Security and Rangers do regular patrols of AWNC grounds, to check for traps and stray hunting dogs.
One of the highlights is the large balcony with a breathtaking view of the Arima Valley, many species of birds can be spotted in the grounds. Birdfeeders are scattered around the Balcony, and hummingbirds come up to the feeders putting you within feet of them.
You can also take a nature walk through the beautiful forest with a knowledgeable nature guide where other wildlife can be spotted.
It is a must stop for bird lovers from around the world as well as locals.
Visitors can come for the day or book into the lodge. Money from visitors and private donors goes to buy more land to protect wildlife and habitat, maintaining and managing AWNC.
AWNC has educational programs geared towards educating the locals, as well as visiting local schools with the aim to increase awareness and support so they can help protect their wildlife and habitat.
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