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Amazing Amazon Cruises
Year-round Departures.    
Seven Days!
Our most popular cruise explores some of the most untouched rainforest in all of Amazonia. On an eight-cabin expedition vessel, travelers venture far up some of the least inhabited rivers in the Amazon Basin for a full seven days and explore areas rarely visited, seeking out the mysterious life in the heart of the Amazon. This is the most thorough, detailed, and sophisticated trip offered in the entire Amazon and comes with rave reviews from past participants. Guides are accomplished local naturalists. This is a trip of a lifetime, easy for seniors and families! Fee starts at $3,795 per person. Extensions are available to Iguacu Falls, Machu Picchu, Pantanal, Galapagos, and Ecuadorian Highlands. Call for details.
  
  

Galapagos Cruise: Islands of Discovery
Year-round Departures.
Galapagos, a remote archipelago where life goes on much as it has for millions of years, is the world’s greatest living laboratory for study and observation of nature. Here the animals have no fear of humans, and you can be at one with nature as nowhere else on Earth. Over centuries, animal and plant life reached the islands and gradually evolved into new life forms. Opportunities for photography are unparalleled, with sea lions, iguanas, and penguins in arm’s reach. Cabins available from $4,700 per person. Ecuadorian Highland, Machu Picchu, and Quito extensions available. Don’t miss out on this tremendous learning experience in the “Enchanted Islands.” Call for details.

Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel has a great selection of overnight tours that visit many exciting spots, both close to home and around the globe. All our tours promise to be special adventures, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful animals and habitats in the world. The Connecticut Audubon Society strives to be at the forefront of environmental education, and our EcoTravel program plays a strong part in that goal. If our dates or tours do not meet your needs, we can provide you with the itineraries of other natural history travel companies. If you choose one of their programs and sign-up through us, we’ll earn commissions which support Connecticut Audubon Society’s education programs. It costs you nothing extra and helps us immensely.

Overnight International Tours

January

Uganda’s Birds and Primates
January 18 – 31, 2022     14 Days!

The East African country of Uganda is not only about seeing chimps and gorillas in their natural habitat. Over the last 25 years Uganda has become one of Africa’s best birding destinations, offering excellent infrastructure, fantastic birding, friendly locals, photogenic scenery, a pleasant climate, excellent coffee, and very special wildlife viewing. Their national anthem starts, “Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty.” It truly is an incredibly scenic place of amazing habitat diversity, touting an incredible 1,020 species of birds—about half of the total number found in Africa! We’ll not only visit most of the best birding hotspots in the country; we’ll have the option to go on three boat cruises (and one canoe ride!) and see many other wonderful species, both fauna and flora. The optional Chimpanzee and Mountain Gorilla trekking experiences are both truly “once in a lifetime” opportunities not to be missed. Experience the “Pearl of Africa!”
Leader: Nick Bonomo.
Fee: $9,498. Members: $7,998.

February

Tanzania Safari
February 6 – 19, 2022     14 Days!

Visit this stunning landscape to view the animals of the Serengeti! Lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and other predators abound. Visit Ngorongoro Crater, described as the eighth wonder of the world, Lake Manyara National Park in the Great Rift Valley, and Oldupai Gorge, where the Leakeys made their famous archeological discoveries of early hominids. Witness the migration of thousands of wildebeest and hundreds of different bird species! Travelers are accompanied by popular leader Rob Taylor and local guides.
Fee: $7,198. Members: $6,398.
Call for details on the Kilimanjaro Trek Extension.

March

Wild Costa Rica
March 19 – April 1, 2022     14 Days!

With a greater biodiversity than the continental United States and Canada combined, Costa Rica is world-renowned for its birdwatching opportunities. Visit some of the best-known birding locations in search of enigmatic species such as Resplendent Quetzal and Scarlet Macaw, as well as less-visited destinations that hold breathtaking beauty and rare species. Enjoy multiple river cruises and stand in the shadows of volcanos, in the depths of the rainforest, and high in the clouds as we search for nearly 400 species of birds!
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $6,798. Members: $5,998.

April

Machu Picchu: Peru’s Archeological Sites
April 22 – May 4, 2022     13 Days!

Follow the footsteps of the Incas and explorer Hiram Bingham! Your leader is Lucretia Bingham, a Connecticut native, outstanding travel writer, and granddaughter of Hiram. Visit one of the world’s deepest canyons and search for Andean Condor. Hike to ruins and relax in some of the finest hot springs imaginable. Visit Lake Titicaca for a boat trip. Take a classic railway journey across the high plains to explore Cusco, the former Inca capital, full of culture and history. Travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to explore the awe-inspiring lost city of Machu Picchu. This unique tour uses great lodging for a one-of-a-kind memorable adventure.
Fee: $8,198. Members: $6,998.

May

Cornwall, England: Hiking Tour of the Coast
May 12 – 22, 2022     11 Days!

Immerse yourself in maritime heathlands, lush valleys, moors, history, and legends. Connect with nature along coastal paths, beaches, and lanes bordered by carpets of brilliant pastel spring flowers or summer heathers in fields stitched together with hedgerows. Enjoy the quiet, the clean air, and the fresh scents as we explore this land of Daphne De Maurier, Doc Martin, and Poldark on daily hikes near the cliffs and in the countryside. Revel in the flora and fauna, geology, significant historic sites, folklore, birds and wildlife, back roads, country tea houses, local gossip, and scenic villages off the beaten track.
Leader: Rami Haxhi.
Fee: $2,798. Members: $2,198.

Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice
May 31 – June 10, 2022     11 Days!

Travelers visiting Iceland today follow in the steps of the mighty Vikings who first visited the island in the 9th century. Whether you delight in vast uninhabited expanses of landscape or walking around town making friends, you’ll feel free in Iceland and enter a whole new realm of experience. You’ll discover original nature as you’ve never seen it before while visiting thousands of cliff-nesting birds and exploring the culture, history, geology, and more.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $6,798. Members: $5,998.

July

Ireland: Hiking Wicklow Way
July 20 – 27, 2022     Eight Days!

The 80-mile-long Wicklow Way was Ireland’s first waymarked trail and the brainchild of Dublin hillwalker J.B. Malone. Containing many miles of wonderfully unspoiled mountain trails, Wicklow Way offers a wide variety of scenic experiences, some of them in truly remote upland areas, including mountains, upland lakes, glacial valleys, mountain streams, forests, and farmland. The trail passes many famous sites, including the Christian monastic settlement established by Saint Kevin in beautiful Glendalough Valley. See Round Tower, almost 1,000 years old. The trail is a pleasure to walk, with rougher sections graded to prevent erosion. The central section goes through Wicklow Mountains National Park. Stay at wonderful B&B lodgings.
Leader: Rami Haxhi.
Fee: $3,098. Members: $2,698.

Scotland: The Wild Highlands
July 2022     Nine Days!

This fabulous tour of the Scottish Highlands is a great mix of daily explorations through stunning hills, glens, forests, and coasts as you encounter eagles, pine martens, otters, deer, crossbills, badgers, porpoises, and much more. Scotland is #1 in Europe for up-close wildlife watching, and this part of the country offers an unusual and curious variety. Under the guidance of a qualified local naturalist you’ll learn the wonders of the wild Highlands and discover a land of colorful history and outstanding beauty.
Leaders: Andy Griswold and local guides.
Call for details.

August

Nova Scotia from Fundy to Cape Breton
August 9 – 19, 2022     11 Days!

From the spectacular tides of the Bay of Fundy to the rolling farmland to the heathlands of Cape Breton, there’s no better highlights tour! The tremendous number of shorebirds at this time of year is legendary, known for their incredible aerial ballet. Nights are at Canada’s government-owned four-star lodges. Cape Breton delights travelers with its high cliffs overlooking the North Atlantic and its quaint fishing villages. This is a driving tour departing from Connecticut with a night each way in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $5,198. Members: $4,498.

Borneo Pre-Trip Natural History and Culture of Sarawak and Sabah
July 31 – August 12, 2022     13 Days!

Borneo, the third largest island in the world and the largest in Asia, is divided among three countries: Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia. Visit the East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, making up about 26 percent of the island’s landmass. Borneo contains some of the world’s most wildlife-rich and oldest equatorial rainforests, incredible landscapes, and rich indigenous culture. The rainforest, at around 140 million years old, is one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean Orangutan and an important refuge for around 15,000 species of flowering plants, 3,000 species of trees, 221 species of terrestrial mammals, 420 species of resident birds (around 650 species in total), and 440 species of freshwater fish. In 2007, the “Heart of Borneo” conservation agreement, initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature, was signed by the governments of Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia with the aim of protecting over 160,000 square miles of “Asia’s last great rainforest.” By 2010 (three years afterwards), a total of 123 new species were recorded in the region.
Leader: Rob Taylor and local specialists.
Fee: $8,998. Members: $7,998.

Northern Australia
August 13 – 27, 2022     15 Days!

Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. It’s home to more than one million species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world and fewer than half of which have been described scientifically. Over 800 bird species and almost 400 species of mammals occur here. On this tour, visit some of the most iconic areas of this vast country. Begin in the Wet Tropics area of Queensland, and then travel to the Atherton Tablelands. Of the 430 bird species in the Wet Tropics, 327 can be found here in addition to some amazing mammals, including Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. Travel via the dry savannah to the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world (estimated at 180 million years old). This area meets the sea and another World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef. Spend a day on the reef exploring this coral wonderland and visiting a coral cay where seabirds nest. Travel to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. This enormous biodiverse nature reserve is home to 2,000 plant species, almost 300 bird species, huge Saltwater Crocodiles, and ancient Aboriginal rock paintings.
Leader: Rob Taylor and local specialists.
Fee: $9,998. Members: $8,998.

September

Southern Spain’s Raptor Migration
September 1 – 11, 2022     11 Days!

Southern Spain is one of the best places in the world to witness migration, especially for raptors. With only 9 miles separating Spain from Morocco at the narrowest point, the Strait of Gibraltar, birds gather and await favorable winds to carry them across each spring and fall. On days of peak migration, over 9,000 birds of nearly 30 different species can be found drifting on the winds. September is the best month to visit, as migration is in full swing and many of the species are present in large numbers. Dominated by a Mediterranean climate, Andalucia is the most biodiverse region in Spain, and helps to make Spain the most biodiverse country in all of Europe. A birding adventure here is sure to delight everyone!
Leader: Nick Bonomo.
Fee: $6,598. Members: $5,998.
This trip is limited to a maximum for 4 travelers, so sign up fast!

November

Polar Bear Migration
November 2022     Seven Days!

Experience one of the world’s wonderful natural phenomena, as the annual Polar Bear Migration occurs along the Hudson Bay coast. Churchill is referred to as “The Polar Bear Capital of the World,” but the bears are not the only attraction. The austere desert-like tundra will give rise to breathtaking views of Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, and other wildlife. Participants look for Snowy Owl, Gyrfalcon, ptarmigan, and other arctic birds.
Call for more details. Participants must register for this trip before February 2022 to assure space.

April 2023

Machu Picchu: Peru’s Archeological Sites
April 21 – May 3, 2023     13 Days!

Follow the footsteps of the Incas and explorer Hiram Bingham! Your leader is Lucretia Bingham, a Connecticut native, outstanding travel writer, and granddaughter of Hiram. Visit one of the world’s deepest canyons and search for Andean Condor. Hike to ruins and relax in some of the finest hot springs imaginable. Visit Lake Titicaca for a boat trip. Take a classic railway journey across the high plains to explore Cusco, the former Inca capital, full of culture and history. Travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to explore the awe-inspiring lost city of Machu Picchu. This unique tour uses great lodging for a one-of-a-kind memorable adventure.
Fee: $8,198. Members: $6,998.

Overnight Domestic Tours

January

Arkansas’s Rice Fields and Bayous
January 9 – 16, 2022     Eight Days!

Join our twelfth exciting expedition into a mature southern woodland that once hosted the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and perhaps still does! Enjoy the private lodge while experiencing the history and tales of the elusive “Grail Bird.” This tour is by special arrangement in an area that is not open to the public. Henslow’s Sparrow, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and clouds of waterfowl in the heart of America’s rice belt and “Duck Capital of the World!”
Leaders: Andy Griswold and Jim Denham.
Fee: $2,995. Members: $2,598.

New Mexico in Winter
January 15 – 23, 2022     Nine Days!

The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is home to a multitude of winter bird spectacles. Near the center of the state, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge hosts thousands of Snow and Ross’s geese, along with an equal number of Sandhill Crane. On the outskirts of Albuquerque, a different spectacle takes place. High in the mountains, three species of rosy-finch regularly descend on feeding stations as they search for food in the snow-covered landscape. Find some of the year-round southwestern bird specialties as well, while enjoying the beautiful landscapes.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,298. Members: $2,898.

Winter Owl Blitz
January 31 – February 5, 2022     Six Days!

Birds in the winter months can be scarce, but take this opportunity for a short trip into the northern boreal forests in search of mystical and rarely seen species, including the world’s largest owl: Great Gray. Many of the species vary their destinations from year to year based on food availability. Locations may include the famed Sax-Zim Bog near Duluth, Minnesota; the roads of old Quebec City and the surrounding forests; or the isolated Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It will be cold, but the birds are second to none! Other species may include Snowy and Northern Hawk owls, Hoary and Common redpolls, and Red and White-winged crossbills.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,298. Members: $2,698.

February

Montauk Escape
February 11 – 13, 2022     Three Days!

Montauk, on the far eastern tip of Long Island, is one of the best winter birding spots. The open ocean and harbors provide opportunities to see many winter waterfowl not so commonly found in Connecticut. Eiders, three scoter species, gulls, alcids, grebes, loons, Snowy Owl, and other winter specialties are among the many birds one expects. Enjoy the quiet of an off-season resort town and the fresh air of winter beaches.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $898. Members: $698.

Nantucket: Seasons in Transition
February 22 – 25, 2022     Four Days!

Birding starts the minute we board the ferry and gets better as we leave the mainland behind. Revel in the peace of an off-season resort, the inescapable sense of history, and the abundance of open space. Expect sea ducks, rare gulls, and the spectacular Snowy Owl as we search the desolate beaches by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Relax in the delightful teahouses and pubs in the heart of the historic town and at our private house in the village of Siasconset.
Leaders: Andy Griswold and island native Rich Newman.
Fee: $1,698. Members: $1,398.

March

Nebraska’s Crane Migration
March 20 – 26, 2022     Seven Days!

Nearly half a million Sandhill Cranes descend on the broad valley of the Platte River, and by March approximately 80 percent of the world’s Lesser Sandhill Cranes crowd a 150-mile stretch of the river in the largest gathering of cranes anywhere in the world! We may even find a few of their rare and elegant cousins, the endangered Whooping Crane. Witness one of North America’s greatest wildlife spectacles!
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $2,998. Members: $2,598.

April

Migration Chase: Delmarva Peninsula
April 18 – 22, 2022     Five Days!

Venture to the Delmarva Peninsula, the piece of mainland sandwiched between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean that comprises all of DELaware, the Eastern Shore of MARyland, and a disconnected sliver of VirginiA. After visiting key natural and historic areas, you will come away with a good feel for the land, its regional culture, and wild inhabitants. Explore varied habitats in search of birds as you scour the beaches, visit the vast marshland, and enjoy the first glimpses of spring. Enjoy first-hand Chesapeake foods, traditions, history, birds, and scenery. Destinations include Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $1,598. Members: $1,298.

Texas: Coast, Valley, and Hills
April 26 – May 5, 2022     10 Days!

Join the guide team of Jay Hand and Andy Griswold for a grand adventure in “The #l Bird State.” Three-quarters of all birds occurring in the continental United States have been recorded in Texas, where on this ten-day trip you can see over 250 species, including Green Kingfisher, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Tropical Parula, Golden-cheeked Warbler, and more. The scenery is fabulous, featuring vast open spaces unlike anything in the East. Visit famed High Island, Bolivar Flats, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, King Ranch, Sabal Palm, Santa Ana, Bentsen, and the Edward’s Plateau.
Fee: $4,198. Members: $3,798.

May

Warbler Extravaganza: Magee to Pelee     Filling a Second Van Now!
May 10 – 19, 2022     10 Days!

This ultimate adventure circumnavigates Lake Erie at the peak of migration. Protected areas along the shoreline provide stopover habitat for migrants on their way to boreal breeding grounds. Explore Presque Isle, Tawas Point, world-famous Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, and Point Pelee National Park. Over 30 warbler species can be expected, along with multiple species of vireo, flycatcher, swallow, thrush, and more. A final night near Niagara Falls allows for reminiscing over the new friendships and memories made. Trip via our luxury van from Connecticut. This is a perfect trip for birders of all levels!
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,498. Members: $3,098.

Hunt for the Elusive Spruce Grouse
May 24 – 27, 2022     Four Days!

Make an escape to clear mountain waters, lakes abundant with native trout, and the brightest star-filled nights you’ve ever seen—all in the beautiful woods of Maine. Visit places where Frederick Church painted landscapes of Mount Katahdin. Get away and roam among the moose, carnivorous pitcher plants and sundew, orchids, and birds unique to this northern habitat. The big target is Spruce Grouse but will also include other hard-to-find species like Black-backed and American Three-toed woodpeckers.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $1,298. Members: $1,098.

June

Connecticut Lakes
June 2 – 5, 2022     Four Days!

The Connecticut Lakes region is the wild area at the northern tip of New Hampshire, the center of the North Country’s moose habitat where the Connecticut River is born. Birds may include Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Mourning Warbler, and Boreal Chickadee. Stay at a peaceful lakeside lodge and hike to the headwaters, straddling the river where it begins its journey south.
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $1,398. Members: $1,198.

July

Maine’s Whales and Puffins
July 7 – 11, 2022     Five Days!

Maine is one of the most beautiful states on the East Coast. With its rocky shores, dense forests, and access to the ocean, it gives nature lovers a wide range of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. This trip allows participants to experience much of what Maine has to offer, with a puffin cruise, whale watch, forest walks, ocean strolls, and amazing views. Explore the beauty of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, one of the most picturesque parks and home to Cadillac Mountain, where watching sunrise and sunset is unequalled. Revel in the scenic beauty of historic towns and hidden coves.
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $2,298. Members: $1,998.

Southeastern Arizona Desert Bloom
July 20 – 28, 2022     Nine Days!

Late July welcomes the summer rains and is prime time for finding hummingbirds. As many as 15 species, including White-eared, Violet-crowned, Berylline, and Plain-capped Starthroat have been found on past trips. This is also the time for Mexican rarities, such as Aztec Thrush. These are but a few of the many species we’ll search out as we journey through this lovely, varied landscape, which draws birders from all over the world. Visits to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, and Karchner Caverns are planned. Great birds and adventure not so far from home!
Leaders: Jay Hand and Andy Griswold.
Fee: $3,698. Members: $3,298.

September

Monhegan Island: Migration Hotspot
September 21 – 24, 2022     Four Days!

Join leader Jim Sherwonit on a relaxing tour of Monhegan Island at the peak of migration. Off the coast of Maine, Monhegan serves as a stopover point for birds caught out over open water. With no roads or cars on the island, participants stroll along the many trails while searching for what arrived overnight and enjoying eye-level looks at many species of warbler, tanagers, and flycatchers. In the fall, nature and beauty are at their apex on Monhegan. Stay at a lovely island inn, and don’t miss the blueberry pie!
Fee: $1,398. Members: $1,198.

Block Island Weekend Escape
September 30 – October 2, 2022     Three Days!

Revel in the wilds of Block Island, Rhode Island, after summer tourists have left the beaches and town. Often a magnet for wayward birds, “Block” will delight travelers with its island architecture, wild flowers, and natural beauty. This is our most popular weekend trip and timed well for the fall migration!
Leaders: Andy Griswold and Matt Bell.
Fee: $898. Members: $698.

October

Cape May Migration
October 6 – 9, 2022     Four Days!

Without a doubt one of the top ten birding spots in the country is Cape May, where every fall hundreds of thousands of migrating birds funnel into the southern tip of New Jersey. Birdwatchers come from all over the world to enjoy not only the diversity of hawks, shorebirds, and warblers, but also the scenic beaches, meadows, and lively historic town. There’s something for everyone!
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $1,298. Members: $998.

Jekyll Island, Georgia
October 16 – 23, 2022     Eight Days!

Located six miles off the coast, Jekyll Island is one of Georgia’s sea islands known as the “Golden Isles.” This barrier island is connected by causeways through extensive salt marshes, channels, and winding rivers. The coastal islands are characterized by moss-draped live oaks, pines, and sandy beaches. The state mandates that no more than 35 percent of the island will ever be developed, an action that preserves much of the natural habitat of a true barrier island: its geologic history and importance as an ecosystem. There’s an abundant year-round bird population on Jekyll, which, as part of the Atlantic flyway, is host to many species during spring and fall migration.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $2,998. Members: $2,498.

April 2023

Florida’s Everglades, Keys, and Dry Tortugas
April 1 – 8, 2023     Eight Days!

One of North America’s “Top-Ten Birding Spots,” South Florida hosts a large number of unusual birds and other wildlife that are found nowhere else. Visit unique and sensitive habitats, including such well-known places as Big Cypress, Loxahatchee, Shark Valley, Anhinga Trail, Key West, and the famed Dry Tortugas. Bird species include the federally endangered Snail Kite, Short-tailed Hawk, Masked Booby, Brown Noddy, Florida Scrub-Jay, and Sooty Tern. Spend a day looking for the Miami exotics that are American Birding Association countable. Witness first-hand how special a place the Everglades truly is!
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $4,198. Members: $3,698.

 

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