COVID-19 Crisis


A Unique Opportunity to Double Your impact If You Donate Now

Right now, if we can raise US$50,000 by December 31, 2020, an anonymous patron will match the full US$50,000! This means that you or your organization’s donation will have double the value in supporting Asa Wright. Please join the growing list of friends, government officials, business and community  leaders, scientists, environmentalists, teachers, parents and children from around the world who have already donated to help us meet this goal and secure the critical matching funds for Asa Wright!

Please Donate Now And Help Us Secure the US$50,000 Matching Funds


Please Make a Contribution – Help us feed the birds and continue our important conservation work through this crisis!

You can use this online link to our secure page for donations directly by Credit Card or through PayPal or ApplePay in your own currency: USD, GBP, Canadian Dollar, and the Euro.



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While we are closed during this crisis our staff is making every effort to continue to provide food for our resident birds in order that they still be there for our visitors when we can re-open! Our staff members are also volunteering to sustain our on-going research and conservation projects as well as to provide needed maintenance for the trails and grounds of the Centre. As we have no revenue to sustain this important activity your assistance is critical – please help support our work now with your donation.


Donations may also be made by check. Please mail your contribution, payable to the “Friends of the Asa Wright Nature Centre” to Secretary, FOAWNC, 2601 Burlington Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33713.

Note to donors from the United States: The Friends of the Asa Wright Nature Centre, Inc. is a not for profit corporation organized under the laws of the state of Florida and is recognized by the U.S. government as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions received from residents of the United States are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. (Federal EIN# 01-0832520)

but please come visit us when this is over!

Until it is safe please enjoy this virtual birding tour of Trinidad & Tobago based at the Asa Wright Nature Centre!

These excellent videos were graciously made available by Jim Coyle of Glasgow, Scotland. Jim and his wife Lynda visited the Centre in early February of 2020 and recorded their birding adventures in this 3-part YouTube presentation.

Jim Coyle is a noted Wildlife Lecturer, Photographer & Guide. Having spent 35 years in local government primarily in the fields of town planning, the natural environment, biodiversity, and parks and green spaces, he now pursues his outside interests – bird watching (30+ years), travelling and wildlife photography. According to Jim, his YouTube series on this trip was recorded on a bridge camera – Canon Powershot SX50 – to emphasise that you don’t need expensive equipment to see or photograph the birds!

Part 1 – Welcome to the Centre and its world-famous Birder’s Verandah!

Part 2 – Birding the Centre’s beautiful grounds and varied trails

Part 3 – Enjoy the Centre’s Off-site Birding Tours to see Trinidad & Tobago Highlights

The AWNC is a “Not-for-Profit” Trust established in 1967 by a group of naturalists and bird-watchers to “protect part of the Arima Valley in a natural state and to create a conservation and study area for the protection of wildlife and for the enjoyment of all.” It was one of the first nature centres to be established in the Caribbean.

Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, the AWNC’s properties will be retained under forest cover in perpetuity, to protect the community watershed and provide important wildlife habitat.

The Centre’s main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.

Catch up on all of the Centre’s programs and outreach activities in each new issue of The Bellbird, the official newsletter of the Asa Wright Nature Centre. Issues can be dowloaded in PDF format and can be read in either your browser or on your desktop.

Link Here to current and all past editions of the Bellbird.

Link Here to download and enjoy the very special 50th Anniversary Edition of the Bellbird