Guyana – Part 1: A new birding frontier!

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Dec 16, 2008 | by Kevin Loughlin

Kaieteur FallsGuyana was hot and oppressively humid… and worth every single bead of sweat!

When I was asked to join a birding tourism assessment team planning to visit Guyana in November 2008, I was nothing less than exuberant!

In 1996, while editor of The Communicator (newsletter for the Environmental Conservation Tourism Association – ECTA), we published an article by environmental architect David Anderson. The article was about Guyana, and specifically Kaieteur Falls (see photo at left). I was fascinated. Twelve years later I finally made my first visit! The assessment team of which I was part included people with whom I would travel again and again!
The team was assembled by Judy Karwacki of Small World Consulting while the trip was funded by the Guyana Tourism Authority and USAID. The itinerary was designed and led by members of Wilderness Expeditions. Team members came from all over: England, Peru, PA, OH, GA, CA and NY.
So what did we see and do? Who were these people with whom it was so much fun to travel? Upcoming posts and photos will tell all!


  1. Julie Zickefoose on December 16, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Ooh ooh ooh I am so excited to be the first to welcome you to the blogosphere! Welcome, dearest, and let ‘er rip! Hope you let your other team members post from time to time–watch out. It can get addictive. Call for addict support…

  2. Kimberly Kaufman on December 17, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    Congrats, or maybe..condolences : ) on catching the blog-bug! Julie’s right–it can be addictive. I hope you won’t hate me for motivating you. I’m looking forward to following your adventures.

  3. giggles on December 17, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Kevin! It’s a small world and I look forward to reading about your fabulous adventures! I have just recently been sucked into the blogging world, only reading and commenting, not writing my own, and I visited one by Nina who lives in SW Ohio….her blog is Natureremains…. If you haven’t visited it, I recommend you take a peek…. I think you will enjoy her photos and prose and poetry as well…. Ask Julie! I got to Wildside by reading that blog, following a link to Julie, who linked me to you!! I was amazed, that it is indeed a small world…. So, take care, and Happy Holidays!! Elise.

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