Bird watching tour session commences

TourismGeorgetown: A Bird watching tour and a Bird Guide Training Session were both conducted over the weakened as the Guyana Tourism Authority continues to roll out activities for Tourism Awareness Month 2014.

Eighteen participants inclusive of persons from Evergreen Adventures and Hurakabra Tours, along with residents of Fort Island participated in the Essequibo Bird Guide Training, which was hosted on Fort Island in the Essequibo River.

The trainer, Mr. Leon Moore, who was the GTA’s designated 2013 Tour Guide of the year, expertly facilitated the basic level training session on Birds of the Essequibo, Important birding areas of Guyana, Birds endemic to the Guiana Shield, Parts of a bird, Bird Families, Qualities of the good bird guide and Pointing out birds to the tourists.

Meanwhile, earlier that day, representatives from the Mexican Embassy along with the Indian High Commissioner participated in the Bird watching activity in the Botanical Gardens, in Georgetown.

All of the participants expressed their delight at having the opportunity to spot several species including the Wattled Jacana, Tropical Kingbird, Yellow Oriole, and the elusive Blood colored Woodpecker, which is mainly found in Suriname and Guyana; the bird guide was Mr. Waldike Prince.

The Botanical Gardens in the capital city of Georgetown was declared a ‘Bird Sanctuary’ on November 18th, 2011; it is an important Birding Area in Guyana, with land mass of 185 acres and home to over 189 bird species from 41 families.

Bird watching is one of the fastest growing niche markets in the world; over the years Guyana has been actively promoting Bird watching as a niche tourism product and has succeeded in ensuring that more than 100 international companies are selling Guyana as a birding destination.

Tourism Awareness Month 2014 is being held under the theme, ‘Tourism Entrepreneurs and Ambassadors Mobilised’.