Morro de Calzada is an ideal place for wildlife observation, especially birds, and the company Ikam Expeditions has designed an experience for the enjoyment of this activity and is available to the general public, especially for nature lovers.
Birdwatching is an activity that is growing in followers, one of the main reasons being the generation of various benefits for physical and mental health, among which stand out the reduction of anxiety and depression, increased observation, reasoning and analysis skills; it also reduces the risk of childhood overweight, respiratory diseases and low attention and hyperactivity disorders (SEOBirdlife, 2017).
To get an idea, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2016), birdwatching in the U.S. is the main wildlife observation activity and congregates around 45 million participants, of which, 16 million are the most active and make trips to look for for bird watching.
Birdwatching in Morro de Calzada Amazon Center
Since 2021, the company Ikam Expeditions has been working on the implementation of a space called Morro de Calzada Amazon Center, dedicated to bird watching, adjacent to the lower area of the Conservation and Ecosystem Recovery Zone – ZoCRE Morro de Calzada.
In this sense, the following actions are being developed for the implementation of bird and wildlife watching activities: (1) reforestation, (2) setting up a hummingbird garden, (3) infrastructure, (4) equipment and specialized interpretative materials, (5) hiring and training of staff, and (6) biodiversity monitoring.
As one of the initial expeditions that is available to the general public, we present “Birdwatching at Morro de Calzada – half-day expedition” which consists of a short walk of 1. 5 km with a slight slope with low difficulty and from where you can observe different birds and wildlife species, among which highlights Mishana’s Warbler, Golden-headed Warbler, White-fronted Nun, Zimmer’s Antbird, Red-crested Woodpecker, Masked Titira, Blue-fronted Jacamar, Plumbeous Elanio, Peruvian Antbird, Western Striated Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, San Martin’s Stump Monkey and Pichico Monkey.
After the walk, we enter the Morro de Calzada Amazon Center, and we go to the hummingbird garden where you can observe the Rufous-crested Coquette Hummingbird, Blue-tailed Emerald, White-naped Hummingbird, Sapphire-breasted Hummingbird, Amethyst Star, Forked-tailed Nymph, among others. In addition, in the surroundings you can observe Blue-crowned Trogon, Paradise Tanager, Black-bellied Tanager, Mexican Tanager, Golden-collared Toucanbird, Fire-capped Leaping Toucan, Ring-billed Toucan, Rufous-crowned Gallinule, among others.
The expedition is available every day of the week, with previous reservation. It is recommended to make the visit in the mornings, starting between 6 to 7 am maximum, it is also suggested to wear long clothing ( shirt and long pants), bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and water to drink.
The service includes the presence of a birding specialist, specialized equipment (telescope and binoculars), informative and interpretive material and organic coffee to taste.
Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with nature in the company of your friends and family. For the public of the province of Moyobamba we have discounts, as part of our project “Connect with birds and conserve biodiversity”.
We are waiting for you!