Widely acclaimed as Tobago’s premier bird watching and natural history guide, Newton George is not only an experienced and knowledgeable ornithologist - he is also a committed and dedicated Birder in the truest meaning of the word. His sheer enthusiasm leaves one in no doubt that birds and wildlife are both his love and his life.
Newton's love of birds was honed to an art form while working for the Trinidad & Tobago Forestry Department for 23 years, monitoring and protecting the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere. Between 1971 and 1981, he was Custodian of the island of Little Tobago, where he identified and established key viewpoints for birders to study the wonderful Brown and Red-footed Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbird and Magnificent Frigatebird; trails and viewpoints that are used and enjoyed by every visitor to Little Tobago to this day and which were featured in David Attenborough’s wonderful natural history documentary series, The Trials of Life. Newton has also been featured on the BBC Holiday television series.
During subsequent years, Newton studied wildlife conservation at the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry in Trinidad, conducted workshops to train tour guides for the Department of Tourism, and has visited four of the world’s five continents to observe different wildlife environments and attend conferences.
The depth of Newton’s experience and knowledge of the birds of Trinidad and Tobago are without question. Of equal importance, however, is the fact that Newton is a highly approachable, enthusiastic individual with a keen sense of humour. He demonstrates the warmth and hospitality for which Tobagonian people are particularly noted. Whatever your level of birding, wildlife and natural history experience, it is hardly surprising that tour with Newton have become so popular that they are now considered one of the essential “musts” of any visit to the beautiful island of Tobago.
For added interest, Newton and his wife Dianne have now established a public hummingbird gallery at their Speyside home.