On August 8, 2014, I received an e-mail posting on one of the Florida ListServs with that intriguing subject. The email continued:
Halifax River Audubon is sponsoring a trip to Cuba. Among its 28 endemic species are the Bee Hummingbird, Blue-headed Quail Dove, Cuban Green Woodpecker, Giant Kingbird and Zapata Wren. We fly out of Miami on December 1st and return December 12th, unless you chose the option of an extra day touring historic Havana. All of the information is in the brochure at this link. (Note: the link no longer works.) We already have 8 going. So there are 4 to 7 places still open. This is a great opportunity to see Cuba and its birds before any further development begins to change things forever. Questions? Contact me off list please.
I forwarded a copy to Joan and it didn't take much time at all to decide to go. And so on December 1, we found ourselves at José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba. We cleared customs and immigration easily, changed our money for Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUCs) and went outside to board our buses, getting our first look at some of the older Cuban cars.
José Martí International Airport, Havana, Cuba
December 1, 2014
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