Costa Rica Nature Tours, for the birds December 21st, 2009 • by Karen Cleary Are You a Twitcher? Respledent Quetzal If you are unsure if you are a twitcher, you’re not. “Twitchers” are the most commited type of bird watchers; the kind who keep life lists, and who, when they arrive on an African safari, get annoyed when another pesky lion interferes with their sighting of a Blacksmith Plover hatchling. But you needn’t be a twitcher to come to appreciate what makes these bird lovers so fanatic about their feathered friends. Spend a week in Costa Rica with Boundless Journeys, and you will find yourself evolving from bemusedly tolerant of your guide’s seemingly endless knowledge of bird behavior, to sneaking his well-used Central American bird guide out of his backpack for a little light evening reading. And there may be no better place for the novice birdwatcher to stretch his or her wings than in beautiful Costa Rica, with about 600 resident species, and another 300 or so arriving seasonally to enjoy the fine weather and abundant food supply. Among the diverse species you’ll soon come to recognize (and yes, truly appreciate) are the cotton-candy colored Roseate Spoonbill, the clownishly entertaining Montezuma Oropendula, and of course, the famous Respledent Quetzal. Still not sure birds are enough to hold your interest? That’s fine. Join a small-group tour to Costa Rica for the hiking, ziplining, exploration by boat, and to just get away from it all in one of nature’s most enticing playgrounds. Next thing you know, you’ll find yourself checking species off your life list and making notes in the margins of the bird guide you purchased on Day 3. Join Boundless Journeys for their March 14-21 Nature’s Richness Revealed tour and save $300 (new reservations only; reservations must be made directly with Boundless Journeys). Join Our Inner Circle E-mail is the best way for us to let you know first about new trips, travel tips, special events, and current promotions. Sign up for our e-newsletter, e-mail your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call (800-941-8010), and we’ll keep you in the loop! We respect your privacy and will never sell or share your e-mail address with any third party company, and our unsubscribing process is easy and prompt.