Doug James requested that I post this information about a birding trip:
Doug James and Ragupathy Kannan have organized a biology student trip this
coming May to the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad, a nation in the
Caribbean. The Centre is a world famous destination for tropical birding.
The trip is coordinated by the combined University of Arkansas campuses in
Fayetteville and Fort Smith. The details given below is the text from the
fancy flier for the trip.
Students have not fill all the slots for the trip so now we are opening
the opportunity to the general birding public in Arkansas.
You will have to go through the motions of registering as a student at the
University of Arkansas in Fort Smith. One hour credit is earned for just
participating in the trip. If you might want 2 or 3 hours credit, contact
Drs. James and Kannan for descriptions of added work required.
If you do not have a passport, application forms are available at the
local Post Office. If you need to hasten the process that can be
*TROPICAL FIELD BIOLOGY -- MAY 2010*
*TRINIDAD, WEST INDIES*
*For University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and Fayetteville students*
*Apply for and register with University of Arkansas-Fort Smith*
*Course Name-- **SPECIAL TOPICS: TROPICAL FIELD BIOLOGY BIOL 420V (1-3
*Credits can be transferred to UA Fayetteville as electives*.
See Dr.Kannan's article about last year's trip at:
*Course fee: $1500 (excluding tuition). Includes airfare, accommodation
and all meals at the Asa Wright Nature Centre.
*Dates: 9 to 15 May 2010 (five days plus two days for travel)
*Faculty leader: Dr. R. Kannan (UA Fort Smith). Dr. Douglas A. James (UA
Fayetteville) will accompany if enrollment reaches 16 students.
*Deadlines: $1500 program fee February 26, 2010 (not refundable after
Register with UA Fort Smith and pay tuitio%yn (about $200/cr. hr)
by February 26, 2010
� Five days in the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, one of the
world�s best and well-known birding destinations
� Over 50 tropical bird species right from the veranda, including
about a dozen hummingbirds
� Daily hikes into the rainforest to observe and study exotic
tropical flora and fauna with trained local naturalist guides
� A trip to the caves to see the unique oil birds
� Boating among mangrove forests at dusk to view the spectacular
aggregation of hundreds of scarlet ibises
� A night trip to a secluded beach to see the ancient ritual of
1000-pound leatherback sea turtles nesting
� Resort style accommodations with sumptuous local food served
*Additional expenses: Travel health insurance required for the
duration of the trip (obtained on line by each participant)
It is advisable, but not required, to take vaccinations as
recommended by CDC (check www.cdc.gov)
*Biology majors will enjoy first priority; a waiting list of others will be
compiled to fill any vacant slots; all must register for the course at UA
Fort Smith. (There are now vacancies)
FOR REGISTRATION FORMS AND MORE INFORMATION: Dr. Douglas James (UA
Fayetteville) 575-6364; Dr. R. Kannan (UAFS) 788-7616.