A look back at the Tropical Birding/ABA Ecuador Birding Bash (July 2021)

 

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In July 2021, Tropical Birding and the American Birding Association teamed up to offer the Ecuador Birding Bash. From July 6 to August 1, eighteen birders, three ABA staff members, and five Tropical Birding guides met up in mega-diverse Ecuador to enjoy some of the best birding in all of South America. Between the main tour and the various add-ons, we visited emerald green cloudforest swarming with hummingbirds and tanagers, admired high Andes landscapes dotted with snow-capped volcanos, traversed rivers lined with towering trees in the Amazon basin, and cruised around the famous and unforgettable Galapagos Islands. When we initially planned for this event, we had anticipated having many more people and up to ten pre- and post-tours, but then of course came the pandemic and everything changed. Not wanting to cancel the event entirely, we rescheduled it for 2021 and hoped that Covid would be behind us by the time July came around. While that certainly wasn’t the case, conditions had improved in Ecuador enough that we were able to run the event with minimal inconvenience, maximum safety, and full-on fun. We’ve put together a summary with some of the highlights and lots of photos. All photos were taken during the event.

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