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Amazing bird migration at Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

People with an interest in the natural world tend to become birdwatchers rather than say bat watchers for the simple reason that birds are easier to see than other members of the animal kingdom. They are also popular to watch because many species make pleasant sounding noises (except for crows and peafowl), some sport brightly colored plumage, and most have evolved the enviable ability to fly.

This latter attribute also allows birds to migrate huge distances in a short amount of time during which they pass through areas not frequented at other times of the year. While they migrate, many of our feathered friends stick to following rivers and coastlines for navigation and because it’s safer than flying over the water. Because of this, migrating birds sometimes concentrate in huge numbers on peninsulas that are strategically situated in the areas they use for migration.

One of the most effective of the “migrant traps” is Point Pelee National Park in southern Ontario, Canada. This park is shaped like a funnel and it has the same affect on migrating birds as a funnel does for pouring liquid. In the Fall, scattered birds on their way south become more concentrated in numbers as they fly down the land mass of the point that becomes more and more narrow until a thin strip of sand juts south into Lake Erie. In the Spring, the point acts like a beacon of hope to huge numbers of birds that are tired and hungry from flying long distances.

The months of May and September are the best times of the year to visit the park and witness flocks of hundreds of small birds trooping through the woods as well as endless strings of ducks, cormorants, gulls, and terns that fly past the point. There are a number of picnic sites, various trails and marsh boardwalks, and because much of the point is closed to cars, the park is also a beautiful place to go biking or for a walk.

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Discover an underground world at Rio Secreto

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

 Rio Secreto underground caves

Some eco-tours will take you on an exploration of what exists in the rainforest–the beauty in the landscape, in the trees, or on the water–but what about under the Earth? The Rio Secreto in the Yucatan Peninsula holds some spectacular secrets. But in order to uncover those secrets you have to follow the winding river where it flows.

Your reward is spectacular caves decorated with stalagtites, stalagmites, helictites, dropstones, flowstones and columns. Part of the Riviera Maya, the underground river is the longest and most spectacular of the region. Admire these stunning geological structures that surround you as you dive in numerous pools of crystal clear water. These crystalline pools provide more than 400 feet of straight line visibility. Sunlight streams in through several entrances creating a truly magical effect.

Rio Secreto is a unique place in the world and one that isn’t explored often. That is because until recently the cavern systems in the Riviera Maya where the Rio Secreto runs have been flooded and accessible only to a few specialized cave divers. These days anyone can explore these special geological characteristics that are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula.

 Rio Secreto

The Riviera Maya stretches along the coastline of the Carribbean Sea of the Yucatan Peninsula for 72 miles. Located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo the Riviera Maya begins south of the Cancun International Airport and ends at Punta Allen, a small fishing village within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

 Learn what secrets you’ll uncover by visiting Travel Services of Akumal .

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