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December 2015

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Sun dropping behind the Venezuelan Mountains  by Video Aerial & Ground Solutions

Heading to the the fourth level of Turure Falls

Mountain Biking in Chaguaramas

This video shows two of the mountain biking trails in Tucker Valley. The Snake Trail starts near The Arboretum and is a technical route not suited for beginners (I’ve learnt that the hard way) while the North Bunker should be a simple trail. 

Escondida Bay, Pt. Gourde

The following is a Field Trip Report of the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club’s trip to Mt. Tamana. The trip was on 27th April, 2014 and is written by Avinash Gajadhar. It is an excerpt from the TTFNC’s quarterly bulletin, The Field Naturalist, Issue No. 3, 2014.

The field trip on the 27th of April, 2014 was to
Escondida Bay at Point Gourde. Escondida is a derivative
of the Spanish word ‘escondido’ which
means ‘hidden’. Fifteen club members were present
for the hike which was considered a decent turnout.
The trek started at Anchorage and took the
party uphill until a fork in the road was encountered
marked by a concrete barrel placed at the centre
point of the divide. The party then proceeded on
the path to the right and ventured further uphill past
a pair of rubbish-filled bunkers until a tree marked
with red dye was encountered. This tree signalled
the turnoff from the main trail into the forest. The
trek continued downhill following a series of trees
painted with red dye. The path became increasingly
difficult the further down the party travelled due to
an abrupt change in terrain from a leaf-littered path
to a more rugged, rock-strewn one. After a while,
the trail opened up to reveal a road running alongside
the ocean where several ships and small boats
could be seen. The road eventually led to the 1st
Trinidad Sea Scout campsite at Escondida Bay.
Several different species of flora and fauna were
seen along the way.

Four different species of insect were seen: the
blue emperor butterfly (Morpho peleides); the postman
butterfly (Heliconius melpomene); a member of
the Synoeca spp more commonly known as the 7 or
11 mile wasp; and, a member of the Trigona spp, also
known as the stingless bee.
In addition, a species of new world monkey was
seen, the tufted capuchin, Cebus apella. Dan Jaggernauth
commented that this species of capuchin was
introduced into the area and was noted to be more
aggressive than their white-fronted capuchin cousins.

Getting To: Argyle Falls

Argyle Falls is located in Roxborough which is a village along the eastern coast of Tobago. The main road that runs to Roxborough (along with all other east coast villages) from Scarborough is the Windward Road. You could travel from the west coast to the here via the Roxborough-Parlatuvier Road which goes across the Main Ridge as well. however, as most people stay near the southern tip of the island, I’ll give directions from there. 

From Scarborough, head in an easterly direction on the Claude Noel Highway past the Dwight Yorke Stadium. From there, the road is known as the Windward Road and continue along this in a generally north-easterly direction. The villages along the Windward Road are all marked with signs which was actually quite surprising so kudos to T.H.A. for that. After passing Studley Park, Montrose, Pembroke and Belle Garden, the next major village is Roxborough. 

As we approached Roxborough, there was actually a small street sign that indicated where the turnoff to the waterfall was located. However, if it’s not there, slow down as you take the bend inland into Roxborough (the road moves away from the coast). The road to the waterfall, Cameron Canal Road, would be immediately on your left after you make the next right turn. At the entrance of that road, there is a sign which indicates the way to the waterfall (pictured below). turn left onto Cameron Canal Road and then follow the street signs to the visitor facility. It’ll just be a minute away from the windward road and the facility is located next to the temporary fire station. 

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