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.