In mid-January 2021, we received the news that the Guest Services operations at the Asa Wright Nature Centre is closing. The Centre is part of a not-for-profit trust and will continue in its role as a wildlife sanctuary. In time we may get to visit again. For additional information please see www.asawright.org. For those that wish to still visit this fabulous twin-island nation, we have alternative lodges lined up for you and we continue to support our other great partners in Trinidad and Tobago. We can do similar field trips and boat trips into Caroni National Park to see the famed Scarlet Ibis. Once borders are open we will begin our visits again—we are open and happy to help you plan today!
Asa Wright Nature Centre is situated in the Arima Valley of Trinidad’s Northern Range. It lies at an elevation of approximately 1200 ft. in a habitat type known as Evergreen Seasonal Forest. Formerly the Springhill Estate, the grounds have returned to a wild state from once extensive coffee, cocoa, and citrus plantations. Some coffee, cocoa, and citrus plants are still maintained alongside the natural second-growth which has taken over and festooned the abandoned plantation vegetation with vines and a host of epiphytes. The whole effect is one of being deep in a tropical rainforest. A walk within the forest is the perfect complement to time spent on the verandah of the Asa Wright Nature Centre, where Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Tufted Coquette, Great and Barred Antshrikes, Squirrel Cuckoo, and both Purple and Green Honeycreepers are among the many species that can be easily seen.
Photo credits: Banner: AWNC Walkway, Bud Ferguson