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We visited the Winston Nanan Caroni Bird Sanctuary the other day, located within the Caroni Swamp (West of the Uriah Butler Highway), which is where the Caroni River meets the Gulf Of Paria. This area is part of the 12,000 acres of protected swamp lands, one of largest mangrove wetlands in the country.

The Swamp is protected under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, which is an international, intergovernmental treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of Wetlands. Adopted in the city of Ramsar, Iran on the 2nd February 1971, this agreement came into force in 1975.

World Wetlands Day is recognised annually on February 2nd, marking the date of the treaty, to raise awareness and importance of the wetlands to the planet. 

Trinidad and Tobago officially joined the treaty on April 21, 1993 (26 years ago today!) and presently has “three sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, aka Ramsar Sites”: the Buccoo Reef/Bon Accord Lagoon Complex (2005), the Caroni Swamp (2005) and the Nariva Swamp (1992).

Although I’ve had the opportunity to visit this beautiful nature reserve before, each visit comes with a new experience and new knowledge. Always aimed with the chance to see our National bird the Scarlet Ibis in flight, we also looked forward to just enjoying the boat ride and being among the local flora and fauna of the area. And this time we even had the opportunity to see the pink flamingos, visiting from the neighbouring country of Venezuela! That was definitely a highlight! 😀

(click on any photograph for a better view)

Thank-you to Rachel & James for organising with the team from Nanan’s Caroni Bird Sanctuary Tours and to Shami for your encouragement. It truly was a beautiful, calm and serene afternoon. 

Here are some more of our moments!

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