Scott and Amy Weidensaul spent at week at the Asa Wright Nature Centre this March to celebrate the Centre’s 50th Anniversary in partnership with Caligo Ventures.
The Asa Wright Nature Centre through the eyes of Scott Weidensaul: “In a word — fantastic! … a most memorable week.”
In March, the first of four sets of celebrity visitors to the Asa Wright Nature Centre kicked the 50th Anniversary year off with a bang! Scott and Amy Weidensaul spent a week at the Centre in mid-March to the delight of Centre staff and guests.
An active field researcher and renowned author, Scott has written more than two dozen books, including his widely-acclaimed Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds (North Point 1999), which was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. An experienced and enthusiastic educator, Amy is the Director of Community Conservation and Education at Audubon Pennsylvania, the state office of National Audubon Society. For close to 20 years, she has shared her love and knowledge of nature with children and adults, developing programs that reach deep into inner-city schools and broadly across rural communities.
Overlapping with three different tour groups, as well as lodge stay and Independent Birding Venture visitors, the Weidensauls’ enjoyed many of the great field trips and on-site experiences the Centre offers. They joined resident guides and onsite guests to walk the trails, visit the Oilbird cave, watch thousands of Scarlet Ibis fly into their evening roost at Caroni Marsh, bird the high mountain Blanchisseuse Road, and enjoy the terrific birding on the Centre verandah. A highlight was watching Leatherback Turtles come ashore in the evening to lay their eggs at Grande Riviere. Amy also joined education staff to visit local schools. We were delighted to hear Scott’s enthusiasm for the Centre in this short video.
Special events included a terrific evening presentation on migration for the public, attended by representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists Club, The University of the West Indies, the Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Fisheries, and the University of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as tour guides, members of nearby communities and Asa Wright Nature Centre staff and board members. As a staff member recounted, “He delivered more than just a lecture. His descriptive language, humour, and enthusiasm were the right ingredients in this outstanding talk. “
Additionally, Scott and Amy attended the gifting of nine pairs of binoculars, three spotting scopes, and two tripods to the Centre’s education staff, a donation from the American Birding Association’s Birders Exchange. The optics will greatly enhance the staff’s ability to help visitors and school children find and learn more about the birds, butterflies, and mammals of Trinidad. We are very grateful for this donation.
Three more sets of celebrity visitors are lined up for 2017. As a special new addition, Edward Rooks and Keith Hansen will both offer instruction in field sketching to interested guests, so if you’ve always wanted to improve your drawing skills, this is a terrific opportunity. We hope you won’t miss the chance to enjoy, explore, and learn with them. Call today to reserve your spot!
- June 24 – 30, 2017
Edward Rooks, Naturalist & Trinidadian Wildlife Artist
Joined by Janice Edgerly-Rooks, Biology Professor at Santa Clara University
- October 6 – 15, 2017
Keith Hansen, Artist & Field Guide Illustrator
Joined by Patricia Briceño, Fiber Artist, Designer, Cultural Interpreter
- October 26 – November 2, 2017
David Allen Sibley, Author, Illustrator & Ornithologist
Scott Weidensaul Video by Johanne Ryan.