This new series which can be found under the Ecotourism menu at the top is going to feature places which aren’t a full-on birding or eco-tourism adventure but still offer a quick connection with nature and birds in particular. I am hoping to make ecotourism a more accessible experience even for people who don’t have the time to venture off into the rainforest. Some Eco-Lite Mini-Trips will be in exotic locations frequented by “normal” tourists and some will be close to home depending on where you live. I will try to post a new one every week, starting with the Bali Bird Park tomorrow. Eco-Lite Mini-Trips will include:
- Bird parks and zoos with walk-in aviaries that resemble the bird’s native habitats
- Hotels that have an atrium or similar mini-habitat with birds
- Parks in large cities that have interesting birdlife
- Educational exhibits that encourage an interest in conservation
The benefits of these “Eco-Lite” visits are:
- Allowing a quick connection with nature for the busy professional
- Providing a place where people can bring young children safely so they may learn about birds and develop an interest to seeing them in the wild when they are older
- Support conservation projects in the wild with proceeds from ticket and gift shop sales
- Allow people to see exotic birds up close and personal so they may later be able to identify them more easily in the wild
- Support breeding projects that are trying to increase the population of endangered species
- Learn more about bird habits and their status in the wild
Eco-Lite reports will include information about:
HOW DO YOU GET THERE?
HOW MUCH IS IT?
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU SPEND THERE AND WHAT SHOULD YOU SEE?
VALUE TO CONSERVATION
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY ON POINTS