Have you always loved birds? Or have you become fascinated by the hundreds of colorful birds you have seen in Costa Rica? Either way, you are in good company. The Birding Club of Costa Rica is an organization whose main goal is to seek out and see all the wonderful birds in this country. Taking that idea a step further, club members have a reason for traveling around the country not only to see birds, but also places they might not otherwise visit away from the urban and tourist areas.
The club was founded in 1996 by three expats: retired astrophysicist John West, former accountant George Stack and bird expert Henry Kantrowitz. All had an interest in learning more about the country and birds of Costa Rica. In the last several years alone, club visits have been made to 61 areas of the country, from the mountains of Nicoya in Diriá National Park, to the far southeast corner bordering Panama, where members stayed with the indigenous Bribri in Yorkin. Since the club has been keeping electronic records, over 700 bird species out of more than 900 in Costa Rica have been spotted.