My next Birding Adventure is….”Birding Adventures TV”
By the time you read this, I’ll be either
1) rubbing my eyes at 4 am for a morning of filming in the Tandayapa Valley of Ecuador.
2) falling onto my knees with awe at a the sight of yet another radiant tanager
3) sedating myself with pico sours in order to quell this thing called “too much excitement.”
Either way, I’ll be finding new religion in the birds of Ecuador. And I’ll be the third crew member on the set of Birding Adventures TV.
How’s that, you ask? Well, for the last three months I’ve been working behind the scenes for Birding Adventures TV. If you don’t know of it already, Birding Adventures is the only destination-based birding show on TV here in the US. The show is created and hosted by James Currie – a lifelong birder and conservationist from South Africa.
The show puts a fun, informative spotlight on favorite birding hotspots. It showcases the destination, follows James into the field to spot birds, and teaches us what makes each area – and its birds – remarkable and important. Each destination segment features one “golden bird”- a specialty bird unique to this area.
Find episodes online or watch this one from Dominican Republic where James goes in search of the critically endangered Ridgway’s Hawk.
The ultimate goal of Birding Adventures is to feature the world’s best birding hotspots while promoting birding and conservation awareness. Now in its third year, the show is off to a good start, having already covered destinations such as Northwest Territory (Oz), Panama, Guyana, Selva Verde Costa Rica Lodge, and some of homegrown favorites, such as Cape May, Rio Grande Valley, and locations along the Great Florida Birding Trail.
Next week we’ll be filming in Ecuador….a magical place considered by many to be the mecca of neotropical birding. The sheer diversity of birds assures that a first-time visitors like me will rack up life birds at a dizzying pace. I’m already holding onto the wall…
Our hosts for this show are guides from the popular tour guide company, Tropical Birding. Tropical Birding runs several tours all over Ecuador (read about them here) and shares great photos and trip reports on their website* and Facebook page. They’ll lead us to some of the best destinations around Quito and the Tandayapa Valley. We’l be staying at Tandayapa Bird Lodge.
Internet access will be spotty, but I’ll come back with stories, photos, and tips for birding in Ecuador.
Meanwhile, check out the Birding Adventures TV website and look for the show on VERSUS/NBC outdoors channel on Saturdays at 7 am and Tuesdays at 12:30 pm.
Know an amazing birding spot you’d like to see featured on the show? My role as Destinations & Marketing Manager is to line up these new destinations – so send your ideas to BirdingAdventuresTV@me.com.
______*Disclosure: It’s a small world. My company, Birds, Words, & Websites, designed the Tropical Birding website.
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