Articles by Kathi Borgmann

 Adventures in the Galapagos Islands


1-15 December 2015. The Galapagos Islands are the stuff of dreams: white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, giant tortoises, marine iguanas under your feet, stunning views, and so much more! But the Galapagos Islands are more than just eye candy for your tropical get-away. These islands are where the foundations of our understanding of evolution [...]

Birding the Ecuadorian Chocó


16-25 November 2015. For about the third time, the van seemed to be mostly repaired and in good shape, so we headed back out on the road to visit the Chocó region of Ecuador, this time with no serious misadventures, at least yet! Fingers are well crossed here. The Chocó biogeographical region extends from the Darién in Panamá along the pacific [...]

Birding Antisana and the Papallacta pass area


11-13 November 2015. The Antisana Ecological Reserve can easily be reached via a day trip from Quito. Given the frequent afternoon weather, it is best to arrive early in the morning to improve your chances of having an unobstructed view of the massive peak of Antisana. Antisana rises to a height of 18,891 ft (5,758 m) and is absolutely [...]

Birding Northern Ecuador


September – October 2015. Birding in Colombia was so intense and amazing that when we arrived in Ecuador we were spent and needed some down time. We also arrived woefully unprepared and needed time to simply look at a map and a field guide! We had little more than a few names of sites in mind, and no real plan for where we wanted to go [...]