Road Trip

Exploring Local Wetlands

     P-a-P Wild Fowl Trust Educators Jaleen West and Tamara Goberdhan standing in front of Los Blanquizales wetland.

At the crack of dawn Trust Educators Tamara Goberdhan and I began our adventure with Trust member and avid birder, Rishi Goordial. Our agenda, to visit a local wetland and observe its present condition for sustaining local wildlife. Starting our journey together from the UTT Campus in Corinth, we proceeded south excited for our journey ahead.

 Capturing a beautiful sunrise in the La-Romaine area, the heavy fog that covered the place quickly dissipated. Along our journey Rishi imparted on us a few tips for birding making the trip a little more exciting. Tamara and I quickly got to the task of spotting birds as we passed areas with forest on both sides of the road. Osprey! Frigates! Swallows! Birds were everywhere and we eager to spot them and capture some pictures as well.

 After passing the Point Fortin area, to our surprise two Channel-Billed Toucans were sitting a tree, Rishi quickly pulled over to the side of the road and we all got out trying to get pictures of this beautiful bird. What a site! Deciding to get back onto our journey it wasn’t long before we sited another Toucan and just couldn’t resist stopping one more time to admire this species in its natural habitat.

 

Finally, after a two hour drive and all the excitement of our novice birding we arrived at our destination, Los Blanquizales. Though a bit dryer than we expected the area was breathtaking. As we observed the area and all the birds that came to feed there, Tamara and I marveled at the expanse for which this natural wetland covered.

               Continuing our exploration a little further down the main road we came to another section of the wetland that was completely dried up. Where was all the water we wondered, could it be caused by the extremely dry season that the country has been experiencing?

In total disbelief we still took the opportunity to observe the birds in the area.  Siting a Common Black Hawk, A Ruby Topaz Hummingbird, Turkey Vultures, Ospreys and a Snail eating Kite spotted by Tamara. These birds, as we observed, have adapted to the conditions in the area moving further into the wetland marsh where they may still be able to find food and water that the area may still have. Determined to not let this dampen our spirits we continued our drive to the village of Icacos and then to Columbus Bay where it was most apparent that the area was indeed experience extremely dry conditions. Tamara and I truly enjoyed our road trip and will use what we have seen and learned in our daily teachings for preservation of wetlands and natural habitats.

    Little Blue Heron and Tri-Colored Heron foraging for food.

                                                     Columbus Bay

H.E. Lutz Goergens Ambassador of the Republic of Germany in Trinidad and Tobago Visits the Trust

 

H.E. with Senior Trust Educator Tamara Goberdhan, Trust President, Ms. Molly R. Gaskin, Trust Partner Ms. Sally Callender and Trust Vice President, Mrs. Karilyn Shephard See More...

  

The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust is proud to be supported by the German Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago again with a grant which would enable the Trust's outreach programme "Combating Climate Change - What you can do". Trust Educators will visit schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago to share educational programmes to the youth engaging them in discussions and showing them that a "green lifestyle" helps fighting climate change. 

The Embassy and the Trust have been long standing partners since 2011 in raising the awareness about climate change.

 

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