West Mexico Birding RV Caravan

Jan. 6 - Mar. 11, 2004


       On this 3600 mile trip from Arizona to the Colima area and back, twenty-five avid birders saw 433 bird species. We explored deserts, thorn forests, lagoons, mangrove jungles, palm-shaded beaches, coffee- and banana-growing hill country, high mountain forests, and a very active volcano. We traveled in fifteen RV's, ranging from the largest motor homes, many towing trucks or small SUV's for local transportation, to a pair of compact truck campers, including our own "Harrry" (Harrison Ford).

Caravan Route

        We rendezvoused at Amado in southern Arizona to get acquainted and meet our leaders.  Many of us were old friends from previous birding caravans.  Although our Wagonmasters' primary responsibility was to guide us safely from place to place, Ruth and Jim Stout quickly got caught up in the birding contagion.  Duane and June Whitten, in addition to being responsible for birding activities, also acted as Tailgunners, bringing up the rear on the road and providing assistance to anyone needing it.  We communicated on the road by CB radio
Wagonmasters Ruth and Jim Stout
Birdmasters/Tailgunners Duane and June Whitten

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Click on the italicized links below for successive segments of our Mexican experiences