Cornell Lab of Ornithology & Costa Rica’s Cayuga Hotels Tropical Birding Expedition

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cayuga Collection Hotels and Lodges in Costa Rica invite you to join them on a 10-day Tropical Birding Expedition, Nov. 10 ““ 20, 2014

This Tropical Birding Expedition will guide guests through some of the most diverse and plentiful bird habitats in the Costa Rica, while providing avid birders the opportunity to enjoy eco-luxury amenities at a variety of award winning, sustainable properties. Additionally, guests will experience both primary and re-generating rainforests and a coffee plantation, many differing ecosystems hosting a myriad of Central American species. As a bonus, North American migrants will have arrived, better informing the need for neo-tropical forest conservation.

Eco Lodge view
View from Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, the third stop of the Tropical Birding Expedition in Costa Rica.

Included in the expedition are visits to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort near San Jose, Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, and the famed Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Guests have the opportunity to sign up for the full 10-day tour, or arrange schedules to join the avitourism activities at any of these properties.  Below, you find some of the highlighted activities at each location.
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica is the first stop of the Tropical Birding Expedition organized by Cayuga and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort near San Jose:   November 10th through 12th, 2014

–                   Presentation on Costarican Bird Diversity by Cornell Experts

–                   Early bird expedition in the Central Highlands.

–                   Cornell e-Bird presentation.

–                   Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Tour

–                   Networking opportunity with local sustainability and birding experts.

Information or Reservations

guided birding at arenas del mar in manuel antiono
Ersel is the resident guide at Arenas del Mar Resort in Manuel Antonio and will join forces with the experts from Cornell to create some very special birding moments for our participants.

Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio:   November 12th through 15th, 2014

–                   Guided birding drive from the Central Highlands to the Central Pacific Coast.

–                   Birding excursion to the coastal mountains to observe higher altitude birds.

–                   Excursion along the shores of the Pacific coast of to observe shore birds.

–                   Visit to Manuel Antonio National Park with resident guides.

–                   Cornell e-bird presentation.

–                   Presentation on Costarican Bird Diversity by Cornell Experts

Information or Reservations

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
The Scarlet Macaw is very commonly seen at and around Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula.  This colorful bird is just one species of 360 that have been recorded around the eco lodge.

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula:   November 15th through 19th, 2014

–                   Guided birding drive from the Central Pacific Coast to the Osa Peninsula.

–                   Presentation on Costarican Bird Diversity by Cornell Experts

–          Golfo Dulce Birding excursion to find the Endemic Mangrove Hummingbird.

–                   Cornell e-bird presentation.

–                   Full day birding in the vicinity of Corcovado National Park.

–                   Treetop birding tour using the infrastructure of a nearby Canopy Tour.

–                   Cornell Expert Training Sessions for local guides.

Information or Reservations

Open Air Ocean Breezes at in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Open Air Ocean Breeze Suite at Arenas del Mar Resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.  On this birding expedition, we will be staying at some of the most luxurious hotels and lodges in Costa Rica.

All participants in the program or part of the program qualify for a 35 per cent reduced room cost at each property.   All transportation and birding events are either free of charged at ” cost” for land or water based transportation.  Reservations.

The area near the hotels and lodges offer a wide range of bird species, including the scarlet macaw, laughing falcon, dozens of tanagers, toucans, and colorful hummingbird species. To help maintain the natural habitats and migration of these birds, each of the Cayuga Collection properties have taken steps to enhance conservation efforts.


Birding in Costa Rica

At Finca Rosa Blanca, the tree-shaded organic coffee plantation is a natural draw for birds seeking insects, fruit and shelter. Thanks to the many native trees planted on site, the shade trees in turn provide nutrients and nitrogen to the coffee plants.

Arenas Del Mar uses only native plant species throughout the property to attract bird life found in the Central Pacific zone including the common black hawks, trogons and toucan varieties.

Bird Watching in Costa Rica


John and Karen Lewis, the visionary founders of Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Reserve, signed a conservation easement benefiting permanent biodiversity protection to more than 900 acres of tropical rainforest. In addition to almost all Costa Rican animal species, reptiles, amphibians, etc., more than 360 bird species have been recorded. For a bird list, visit

Joining from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will be husband-and-wife team Ben Freeman and Alexa Class Freeman.

About Ben Freeman

Birds have fascinated Ben Freeman for as long as he can remember”” in fact, his first memory is of staring up at a flock of soaring American White Pelicans. Following an undergraduate degree in biology, Ben was drawn to the incredible biodiversity of the tropics where he worked as a bird guide and researcher in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia. He is now a graduate student at Cornell University, where he conducts research investigating tropical bird ecology.

About Alexa Class Freeman

Alexa Class Freeman is a PhD biologist who has studied birds throughout the world for the past decade, including over a year spent in Costa Rica where she climbed dead trees and vacuumed ants in the name of science. She is also an artist, and is especially captivated by bird behavior and how birds adapt to seasonal changes in the environment. Alexa is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where she works to educate the public about the conservation biology of birds.

birds of costa rica

About Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality

Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality develops and manages hotels, lodges and other tourism related projects in Central America commit to the four Ps of sustainability ““ people, planet, profit and place. It offers solutions and expertise to tourism operators looking to enhance their performance in an environmentally, socially responsible manner. Cayuga provides expert responsible travel advice, including full itinerary suggestions for families, adventurers and honeymooners.



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