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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.

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Overnight International Tours

January 2024

Mexico: Yucatan Endemics and Archeological Sites     
January 3 – 12, 2024     10 Days!
Many people visit the Yucatan Peninsula for the beaches, but the bird life is not to be missed! Famous for the many Mayan ruins scattered throughout the peninsula, many of which will be visited on this adventure, Yucatan has a human history dating back nearly 10,000 years. Travelers can expect to see many tropical species, including some found nowhere else in the world! A night on Cozumel Island will reveal how this offshore location is more similar biologically to the Caribbean islands than to mainland Mexico!
Leader: Rob Taylor.
Call for more details on this wonderful adventure not so far from home.

Tanzania Safari: Birds and Mammals      Waitlist Only!
January 24 – February 6, 2024      14 Days!
This is Africa as you’ve always imagined it: the magic of a Serengeti sunset, the teeming wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater, and some of the most wonderful birdlife you’ll ever see. A safari to Tanzania is a special adventure into the premier wildlife-viewing country of Africa, with national parks and reserves unsurpassed anywhere in the world. We’ll see all of the major plains animals: lions, hippos, zebras, giraffes, impalas, gazelles and other herbivores, baboons and monkeys, and herds of elephant and buffalo. You’ll stay in outstanding lodges, and a side trip to Oldupai Gorge will take you to the cradle of mankind. Travelers are accompanied by staff members Rob Taylor and Miley Bull, along with talented Tanzanian guides.
Fee: $9,598. Members: $7,898.

March 2024

Morocco: Gateway to the Sahara    
March 6 – 17, 2024     12 Days!
Though its closest point is just 10 miles from Spain, Morocco acts as a gateway to North Africa, including the third-largest desert in the world: the Sahara. Situated on the Mediterranean Basin and considered a hotspot for conservation, the region offers a unique mix of European and African avifauna. In fact, Morocco is the best place to see many North African species, including usually difficult-to-find residents of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. Enjoy not only the diversity of the region, but the unique culture as well!
Leader: Rob Taylor.
Fee: $6,998. Members: $5,998.

Cuba’s Birds, Culture, and Landscapes   
March 21 – 29, 2024     Nine Days!
This program is coordinated under U.S. Government authorization through the Connecticut-based Caribbean Conservation Trust. In addition to EcoTravel Director Andy Griswold, our team will include esteemed Cuban biologist Dr. Giraldo Alayon and expert local naturalists who will guide you through the Caribbean’s largest and most ecologically diverse island nation. While there’ll be daily opportunities to see many birds, including the World’s smallest, the Bee Hummingbird, our focus expands to include a range of Cuban fauna and flora, along with the ecology and history of regions we visit. We’ll also enjoy opportunities to swim and snorkel, and to encounter some of Cuba’s interesting marine life in a safe, natural habitat. Our informal discussions will expose the main issues of conservation in the Cuban Archipelago, and our Cuban guide will answer your questions and offer explanations of Cuban history, politics, and daily living.
Leaders : Andy Griswold and Giraldo Alayon.
Fee: $6,498. Members: $5,498.

May 2024

Iceland: Circumnavigation via The Ring Road    
May 24 – June 4, 2024     12 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.
Leaders: Andy Griswold and native Icelander Daniel Bergmann.
Fee: $8,998. Members: $7,998.

September 2024

Gardens of Art and Architecture: Marx, Niemeyer, and Brazilian Modernism   
September 8 – 22, 2024     15 Days!
Brazil is a land of staggering beauty and unsurpassed diversity. It’s also the birthplace of Roberto Burle Marx, one of the most influential and groundbreaking landscape artists of the 20th century. Explore his landscape design genius, the natural wonders of the unique Atlantic forest biome, and the art, history, culture, and cuisine of three cosmopolitan cities: Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis, and Teresopolis. This tour has something for everyone!
Leaders are garden designer and bird guide Cole Burrell and local guide Patricia Silva.
Call for pricing and a detailed itinerary.

October 2024

The Pantanal: Brazil’s Birds and Cats   
October 9 – 20, 2024     12 Days!
Situated in the Paraguay River Basin in Central South America, the Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world and one of the last major nature reserves on the face of the Earth. The wildlife is amazingly abundant here; its seasonally flooded plains attract immense numbers of birds and caiman and are probably the most mammal–rich area of South America. Experienced guides take you to one of the wildest, most beautiful and remote corners of South America. Cruise the rivers on an epic adventure searching for wildlife, including Jaguar, Giant Otter, and Hyacinth Macaw! Travelers visit the Brazilian Central Plateau, a fabulously scenic area of scrubland bordered by huge sandstone cliffs and lush gallery forest.
Leaders: Andy Griswold and local guides.
Fee: $6,298. Members: $5,598.

Overnight Domestic Tours

Regional Overnight Tours include transportation from a central meeting spot.
Some trips can be followed in your personal vehicle as a Self-Drive Trip.

September 2023

Monhegan Island: Migration Hotspot        Two Spots Remain! CALL NOW!
September 20 – 23, 2023     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: Call for details.

Block Island Weekend Escape          Waitlist Only!
September 29 – October 1, 2023     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: Call for details

October 2023

Oregon’s Klamath Basin     Waitlist Only!
October 2 – 11, 2023     10 Days!
Widely recognized as an ecologically-important wetlands, Klamath Basin began its conservation efforts back in 1908 when Teddy Roosevelt established the first waterfowl-focused National Wildlife Area. Located on the border of Oregon and California, over 190,000 acres are protected between six National Wildlife Refuges. The Cascade Range, home to Oregon’s only National Park, features 11 species of breeding woodpeckers. Join us as we explore the beauty of Oregon, from the rocky coastlines to the snow-covered peaks, to the waterfowl-filled Klamath Basin.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $4,798. Members: $4,298.

Cape May Migration              Waitlist Only!
October 12 – 15, 2023     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: Matt Bell.
Fee: $1,498. Members: $1,198.

November 2023

Martha’s Vineyard Escape
November 9 – 12, 2023     Four Days!
Located just off the coast of Massachusetts, this island offers an unspoiled charm probably best exemplified by its many scenic beaches, varying from protected, shallow, clear-water stretches on the northern and eastern sides to expanses of rumbling surf along the south side. The coastal sand plain ecosystem found on Martha’s Vineyard and the surrounding Massachusetts islands is one of the most beautiful and threatened natural systems in the world, with only one percent of its original global acreage still remaining. Found in only a few other locations in the northeastern United States, the coastal sand plains include rare natural communities such as coastal grasslands and heathlands. Travelers will enjoy some great birds and come to understand how the geological forces that created the island determined its subsequent history. Enjoy this island escape in the off-season.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $1,798. Members: $1,498.

December 2023

Cape Ann: Boston’s North Shore     
December 7 – 10, 2023     Four Days!
Just north of Boston, this area plays host to many species of migratory birds that are not commonly seen in Connecticut. Considered by many to be one of the top birding spots in North America, the North Shore, with its spectacular coastline, is keeper of such well-known names as Newburyport, Gloucester, Marblehead, Plum Island, and Cape Ann. Travelers will explore the rich coastline to enjoy marine mammals, winter sea ducks, pelagic birds, and the unexpected. We’ll look for Dovekie, Thick-billed Murre, King Eider, and more.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $1,998. Members: $1,498.

Puerto Rico: Island Endemics 
December 27, 2023 – January 2, 2024     Seven Days!
Many of North America’s nesting birds spend the winter in tropical regions throughout the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. Although the island measures only 35 miles north to south and 100 miles east to west—about two-thirds the size of Connecticut—over 350 species have been recorded there. It also features 17 endemic species (more than the entire Lower 48!) along with twenty-five species endemic to the West Indies. Enjoy a winter getaway to warm tropical breezes among great bird species, including Elfin-woods Warbler, Puerto Rican Tody, and the critically endangered Puerto Rican Parrot.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $4,598. Members: $3,998.

January 2024

Winter Owl Blitz
January 22 – 27, 2024     Six Days!
For many people, the first images that comes to mind when thinking of Minnesota winters are of cold, snow, ice, and frozen lakes. To birders, that image exists only as a glittering backdrop for Great Gray and Northern Hawk owls hunting from spruce-top perches; Ruffed grouse stripping the buds from birches by morning’s glowing light; flocks of colorful Pine and Evening grosbeaks filling up at bird feeders; frenzied redpolls darting about an alder thicket; and tamarack bogs occupied by industrious Black-backed and American Three-toed woodpeckers. Join us as we venture into the North, searching for the rare and breathtaking species that call the boreal forests home. The birds may be different each year, but the camaraderie remains the same!
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,298. Members: $2,698.

February 2024

Long Island’s North and South Forks
February 1 – 4, 2024     Four Days!
Montauk, on the far eastern tip of Long Island, is one of the best winter birding spots in the Northeast. 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 can expect. Enjoy the quiet of off-season resort towns and the fresh air of winter beaches from Greenport to Montauk and Montauk to Shinnecock Inlet.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $1,398. Members: $1,098.

Nantucket: Seasons in Transition
February 20 – 23, 2024     Four Days!
The 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: $1,798. Members: $1,498.

April 2024

New Hampshire: Solar Eclipse
April 6 – 9, 2024     Four Days!
Journey to Northern New Hampshire hoping for a glimpse of a total solar eclipse. A rare phenomena that has occurred in New England only five previous times since 1900, and won’t occur again in totality until 2079. Weather permitting, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be a can’t-miss experience that you have to see to believe! Depending on snowfall, travelers can also expect to hike to the mouth of the Connecticut River in search of boreal specialties. The eclipse will occur on April 8th.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $1,998. Members: $1,598.

Florida’s Everglades, Keys, and Dry Tortugas
April 6 – 13, 2024     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, federally threatened 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: $5,198. Members: $4,798.

Migration Chase: Delmarva Peninsula
April 16 – 20, 2024    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 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’ll come away with a good feel for the land, its regional culture, and its 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 NWR and Assateague National Seashore.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $2,398. Members: $1,898.

Texas’s Coast, Valley, and Hills
April 17 – 36, 2024     10 Days!
Join Andy Griswold and Jay Hand for a grand adventure in “The #l Bird State.” Three–quarters of all birds occurring in the Lower 48 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 Edwards Plateau.
Fee: $4,498. Members: $3,998.

May 2024

Warbler Extravaganza: Magee to Pelee
May 6 – 16, 2024     10 Days!
This ultimate adventure circumnavigates Lake Erie at the peak of migration. Protected areas along the shoreline provide 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 are expected, along with many vireos, flycatchers, swallows, and thrushes. A final night at Niagara Falls allows for reflection over friendships and memories made. Travel is via our luxury van from Connecticut. A perfect trip for birders of all levels!
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,698. Members: $3,298.

Maine’s Elusive Spruce Grouse
May 21 – 24, 2024     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 we ’ll also look for such hard–to–find species as Black–backed and American Three–toed woodpeckers.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $1,798. Members: $1,598.

June 2024

New York’s Adirondacks
June 6 – 9, 2024     Four Days!
Adirondack Park in Upstate New York, founded in 1892 to ensure the land would remain accessible to everyone who visited, encompasses nearly all of the Adirondack Mountains. Located on the southernmost boundary between the boreal and eastern forest habitats, the region features Canada Jay, Black–backed Woodpecker, and Boreal Chickadee, along with nearly 20 species of breeding warblers. The mountains are also home to Bicknell’s Thrush, a rare and declining species that breeds only on the peaks of northeast mountains.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $1,898. Members: $1,398.

Connecticut Lakes
June 17 – 21, 2024     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 of the river where it begins its journey.
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $1,798. Members: $1,498.

Colorado and Utah
June 28 – July 7, 2024     10 Days!
From the towering Rocky Mountains, windswept Great Plains, and the expansive Basin and Range, Colorado and Utah are home to breathtaking landscapes and unique scenery, while also holding species that are difficult to find elsewhere. Join us on early mornings and late evenings, as we search for Flammulated Owl, Mountain Plover, Cassia Crossbill, White–tailed Ptarmigan, and more. Large portions of the western United States are public land, meaning it’s ripe for exploration! This four–state trip will also include forays into Nevada and Idaho.
Leaders: Matt Bell and Andy Griswold.
Fee: $5,998. Members: $4,998.

July 2024

Maine’s Whales and Puffins
July 18 – 22, 2024     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 sunrise and sunset are unequalled. Revel in the scenic beauty of historic towns and hidden coves
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $2,398. Members: $2,098.

Southeastern Arizona Desert Bloom
July 17 – 25, 2024     Nine Days!
Late July welcomes the summer rains and is prime time for finding hummingbirds. As many as 15 species are possible, including White–eared, Violet–crowned, Berylline, and Plain–capped Starthroat. 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 Saguaro National Park and Kartchner Caverns are planned. Great birds and adventure not so far from home!
Leader: Jay Hand and Andy Griswold.
Fee: $3,998. Members: $3,498.

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