Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wild Fowl Trust

Oil plays a major role in Trinidad’s economy. There are international oil companies everywhere to exploit this natural resource. The Petrotrin Compound resembled Microsoft—houses, tennis courts, soccer fields, churches—anything a person could want. It’s as if someone living and working there one day noticed that there were fewer animals and birds and created a haven to atone for the destruction of so many natural habitats. The Wild Fowl Trust surrounds two small lakes and serves as a breeding ground for endangered, almost endangered, or important species like Trinidad’s national bird, the Scarlet Ibis.

It took Aaron and I three hours to walk around the 2K loop because it was a birder’s paradise. Beyond that, we survived a frantic five minutes where we heard wild splashing not more than a foot away from us. Three times in a row, we must have woken sleepy caiman, which made us run like the three stooges into each other.