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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.

 

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Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel has a great selection of tours that visit many exciting spots close to home and around the globe. All of 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 will earn commissions which support Connecticut Audubon Society’s education programs. It costs you nothing extra and helps us immensely.

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Overnight International Tours

February

Costa Rica: Quetzals and Snowcaps
February 13 – 21, 2021     Nine Days!
With a greater biodiversity than the continental United States and Canada combined, Costa Rica is world-renowned for its birdwatching opportunities. On this quick trip, visit two of the most famous destinations in the country while searching for two of Central America’s most desired species. See why the Aztecs worshipped Resplendent Quetzals, with their two-foot-long iridescent green tails and vibrant red breasts. Enjoy looks at one of the world’s smallest hummingbirds, the feisty Snowcaps, whose males are a coppery purple with white foreheads. A perfect trip for those looking to get away!
Leader: Matt Bell.
Call for more details.

May

Cornwall, England: Hiking Tour of the Coast
May 13 – 23,  2021     11 Days!   
Immerse yourself in maritime heath-lands, tropical 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. Our native naturalist/guide knows 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.

June

Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice
May 31 – June 10, 2021     11 Days!     Few spots remain! Call now!
Travelers visiting Iceland today follow in the steps of the mighty Vikings who first discovered the island in the ninth century. Whether you delight in vast untouched and 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 enjoying up-close encounters with whales. The freedom to roam the wilds as you please, to explore, and to have fun—these are the keys to the Iceland experience.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $6,798. Members: $5,998.

July

Ireland: Hiking Wicklow Way
July 21 – 28, 2021 Eight Days!
The 80-mile-long Wicklow Way was Ireland’s first waymarked trail and, owing to its proximity to Dublin, has remained one of the most popular walking routes in Ireland. It was the brainchild of Dublin hillwalker J.B. Malone and opened in 1981. 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. They include mountains, upland lakes, steep sided glacial valleys, fast flowing mountain streams, forests, and farmland. The trail passes many examples of historical human habitation, the most famous being the early Christian monastic settlement established by Saint Kevin in the beautiful Glendalough Valley. Here you will see Round Tower, almost 1,000 years old and built by the monks of the Glendalough Monastery. The trail is a pleasure to walk, well signposted, with rougher sections of the track graded to prevent erosion. The central section goes through the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Stay at wonderful bed-and-breakfast lodgings.
Leader: Rami Haxhi.
Fee: $2,998. Members: $2,598.

Northern Australia
July 29 August 14, 2021     17 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, we’ll visit some of the most iconic areas of this vast country. We’ll begin in the Wet Tropics area of Queensland, then travel to the Atherton Tablelands, located at almost 2,300 feet above sea level; 327 of the 430 bird species in the Wet Tropics can be found here in addition to some amazing range-restricted mammals, including Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo and several different possum species. We then travel via the dry savannah country to the World Heritage-listed Daintree rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world (estimated at around 180 million years old). The rainforest in this area meets the sea and another World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll spend a day on the reef exploring this coral wonderland and visiting a coral cay where seabirds make their home. Also, we’ll travel to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. This enormous biodiverse nature reserve is home to around 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.

August

Borneo Extension
Natural History and Culture of Sarawak and Sabah
August 14 26, 2021     13 Days!
Borneo, the third largest island in the world and the largest in Asia, is politically divided among three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the north and Indonesia in the south. On this tour we’ll be visiting the East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, which make 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 Borneo rainforest, estimated to be around 140 million years old and the center of evolution and distribution of many endemic species of plants and animals, is also one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean Orangutan. It’s also an important refuge for around 15,000 species of flowering plants, 3,000 species of trees (267 species of which belong to the family Dipterocarpaceae, which have their greatest diversity here), 221 species of terrestrial mammals, 420 species of resident birds (around 650 species in total), and 440 species of freshwater fish (about the same number as Java and Sumatra combined). In 2007, the “Heart of Borneo” conservation agreement, initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), 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.

Nova Scotia from Fundy to Cape Breton
August 11 – 21, 2021     11 Days!
From the spectacular tides of the Bay of Fundy to the rolling farmland to the heathlands of Cape Breton, there is 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.

February (2022)

Tanzania Safari
February 5 – 18, 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. Travelers are accompanied by popular leader Miley Bull and local guides.
Fee: $6,798. Members: $5,998.

April (2022)

Machu Picchu: Peru’s Archeological Sites
April 17 – 29, 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.

Overnight Domestic Tours

January

Arkansas’s Rice Fields and Bayous
January 10 – 17, 2021     Eight Days!
Join our eleventh 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!
Leaders: Andy Griswold and Jim Denham.
Fee: $2,995. Members: $2,598.

New Mexico in Winter
January 16 – 24, 2021     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 goose, 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 upon feeding stations as they search for food in the snow-covered landscape. There also is a chance to spot some year-round southwestern specialties, while taking in the winter sights and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,298. Members: $2,898.

February

Winter Owl Blitz
February 1 – 6, 2021     Six Days!
Birds in the winter months can be scare. Take this opportunity and join us for a short trip into the northern boreal forests in search of mystical and rarely seem species, including the world’s largest owl: Great Gray. We leave the location undetermined until winter as begin, since many of the species vary in location 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.

Montauk Escape
February 12 – 14, 2021     Three Days!
Montauk, on the far eastern tip of Long Island, is one of the best winter birding spots. The open ocean and the harbor provide opportunities to see many winter waterfowl not so commonly found in Connecticut. Eiders, all three scoter species, gulls, alcids, grebes, loons, and other winter specialties are among the many birds one can expect. 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 23 – 26, 2021     Four Days!
The birding starts the minute we board the ferry and gets better as we leave the mainland behind. Revel in the peace and quiet of an off-season resort, the inescapable sense of history, and the abundance of open space. Expect sea ducks, rare gulls, and spectacular Snowy Owls as we search the desolate beaches by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Take time to relax in the delightful teahouses and pubs in the heart of the historic town. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the experience of the island in early spring. We’ll be staying in a private house in the village of Siasconset.
Leaders: Andy Griswold and island native Rich Newman.
Fee: $1,598. Members: $1,298.

March

Nebraska’s Crane Migration
March 21 27, 2021    Seven Days!
Nearly half a million Sandhill Cranes descend upon 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

ACE Basin, South Carolina
April 5 – 12, 2021     Eight Days!
If you are looking for prime spring birding mixed with southern hospitality, visit the lush and mysterious 350,000-acre ACE Basin, one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast. The Basin hosts a wealth of wildlife, including nesting Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Northern Parula, and Yellow-throated Warbler.  Destinations include the Grove Plantation and the “best birding spot in South Carolina,” Bear Island. Take a trip back in time with a full day in America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, Charleston. The spring gardens and migration will be at their peak. Travel up the coast to the “Grand Strand” and add the Red-cockaded Woodpecker to your list.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,498. Members: $2,998.

Migration Chase: Delmarva Peninsula
April 14 – 18, 2021     Five Days!    Wait List!
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 portion of MARyland (including the renowned “Eastern Shore” of Chesapeake Bay), 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, 2021     10 Days!       Few Spots Left!
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. Jay and Andy are known for their expert knowledge of Texas birds.
Fee: $3,898. Members: $3,498.

May

Warbler Extravaganza: Magee to Pelee
May 11 – 20, 2021     10 Days!   
Offering a second van! Call now to reserve your spot.
Magee Marsh, on the south shore of Lake Erie, is a prime stopover for North American warblers. Every spring thousands of birders and photographers flock to this location to witness the spectacle of large songbird concentrations preparing to migrate across the Great Lake. Point Pelee National Park, situated on Lake Erie’s north shore, is one of the most important migration highways in North America. It’s located within the true deciduous forest region commonly called Carolinian Forest, in Canada found only on a narrow belt along Lake Erie’s north shore, featuring plants and animals that are rare or absent elsewhere in Canada. The Point is perfectly situated as a migrant trap and in springtime can boast as many as 260 species, with a single-day high of 170! 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.

Mount Auburn: Warbler Mecca
May 14 – 16, 2021     Three Days!   
This is absolutely the best place on the east coast to see and hear large numbers of migrant warblers during the peak of spring migration! Birds are often at eye level, offering excellent views and photographic opportunities. Mt. Auburn, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 1831 by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society as a “garden cemetery,” a concept since copied by many communities across the country. The stupendous variety and scale of the trees alone is not to be missed, providing an oasis that birds find irresistible. Migration at its best in a setting that is unrivaled!
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $865. Members: $665.

Hunt for the Elusive Spruce Grouse
May 25 – 28, 2021     Four Days!   
Enjoy 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 the 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 should also include other hard-to-find species like Black-backed and American Three-toed woodpeckers.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $1,198. Members: $998.

June

Connecticut Lakes
June 3 6, 2021     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: $1,198. Members: $998.

July

Maine’s Whales and Puffins
July 8 – 12, 2021     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: $2,098. Members: $1,798.

Southeastern Arizona Desert Bloom
July 21 – 29, 2021     Nine Days!   
Filling a second van! Call now to reserve your spot.
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.
Leaders: Jay Hand and Andy Griswold.
Fee: $3,298. Members: $2,898.

September

Monhegan Island: Migration Hotspot
September 18 – 21, 2021     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 and no 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: $1,098.

October

Block Island Weekend Escape
October 1 3, 2021     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!
Leaders: Andy Griswold and Matt Bell.
Fee: $898. Members: $698.

Cape May
October 7 – 10, 2021     Four Days!
Without a doubt one of the top ten birding spots in the country, Cape May is where every fall hundreds of thousands of migrating birds funnel into the southern tip of New Jersey and 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. Something for everyone!
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $1,298. Members: $998.

 

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