There are many "must do" birding areas of North America, such as Southeastern Arizona, Southern California, Maine, South Texas, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and so on. We offer at least 2 of these standard tours every year, as well as continuing to look and add new and maybe unfamiliar destinations, such as Newfoundland and Labrador, North Dakota and West Virginia.
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Anchorage, Kenai, Denali, Nome and Barrow
May 31 - June 15, 2013
Pre-Trip Extension to the Pribilof Islands
May 26 -31, 2013
In these varied biogeographic regions we will explore Alaska’s biodiversity, encountering breeding birds (many are seldom, if ever, seen in their breeding plumage), mammals (including Sea Otter, Arctic Fox, Musk Ox, Steller’s Sea Lion, Pika, marmot, Moose, Caribou, and Grizzly Bear), and overwhelmingly beautiful scenery. An outstanding feature of this trip will be our time spent in the northern outposts of Nome and Barrow, havens for northern breeding species.
Which US National Park claims more bird species than any other? The winner, of course, is Big Bend, with more than 430 species recorded within its borders. Located in the Chihuahuan Desert region of West Texas, Big Bend National Park, a World Biosphere reserve, is named for the bend in the Rio Grande, which forms the parks southern boundary, and the border with Mexico. There is more than desert at Big Bend. There are spectacular limestone canyons, carved by the mighty river, and cool highlands, summer home to the Colima Warbler. Its entire breeding range in the US is confined to the Chisos Mountains.
Shorebird & Seabird Workshop
August 15 - 19, 2013
During late summer, shorebirds start to pass along the Outer Banks of North Carolina in large numbers, on their way south for the winter. We will take advantage of this semiannual migration to observe and learn how to identify many species of sandpiper and plover, as well as other characteristic birds of the seashore, marsh, grassland and marine forest habitats of the coastal area. Where the warm waters of the Gulf Stream meet the cooler waters of the Labrador Current along the edge of the Continental Shelf, about 20-30 miles from the Outer Banks, large concentrations of seabirds can be found feeding and resting.
August 22 - September 2, 2013
Visit the spectacular Pacific Northwest in its finest season on a 12-day Venture to the state of Washington. We will visit the Olympic Peninsula, Whidbey Island, Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, and the Columbia River Basin, covering a vast variety of habitats, wet and dry, from scenic rocky cliff coastlines to above the tree-line, ocean to mountaintop, rain forest to high desert. Highlights will include: visits to both Olympic and Mt. Rainier national parks, where we will search the high elevations for such specialties as Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, Gray Jay, Mountain Bluebird and Blue Grouse; an all-day pelagic trip exploring Gray's Canyon, a submarine canyon located on the edge of the Continental Shelf, where we should see an excellent variety of pelagic birds such as Black-footed Albatross, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua as well as several species of shearwaters and storm-petrels, and marine mammals including whales, porpoises, sea lions and seals.
Experience one of North America's birding "hot spots" with us this winter, on our 8-day birding adventure to Southern Texas. We will visit Bentsen-Rio Grande & Falcon State Parks, Aransas, Laguna Atascosa, & Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges, the National Audubon Society's Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary and other excellent birding locations in the Rockport/Fulton area and all along the Rio Grande Valley.