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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

May

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.

June

Uganda’s Birds and Primates
June 13 – 27, 2022     15 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: Rob Taylor.
Fee: $9,798. Members: $8,798.

August

Northern Australia including Gulf Country
August 6 – 28, 2022     23 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. Visit some of the most iconic areas of this vast country. We’ll begin the tour in Queensland’s Gulf Country, where the region will be crawling with life, and we’ll travel on the plains and along the eucalypt-lined creeks. Explore the wet tropics to the Atherton Tablelands. Of the 430 wet tropics bird species, 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. This trip can be done with a shortened itinerary, arriving in Cairns on August 13. Call for more details.
Leaders: Local guide and Rob Taylor.
Fee: $14,698. Members: $12,698.

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.

Brazil: Gardens of Art and Architecture
Roberto Burle Marx, Oscar Niemeyer, and Brazilian Modernism

August 14 – 27, 2022     14 Days!

Brazil is a land of astounding beauty and incomparable diversity. It’s also the birthplace of Roberto Burle Marx and Oscar Niemeyer, two of the most influential and groundbreaking designers of the 20th Century. Explore Burle Marx’s landscape design genius, Niemeyer’s stunning buildings, and the art, culture, and cuisine of five diverse cities: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Petropolis, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia. This tour has something for everyone! Leaders are garden designer and birder Cole Burrell and local guide Patricia Silva.
Fee: $10,995. Single Supplement: $1,820

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: Rob Taylor.
Fee: $6,598. Members: $5,998.
This trip is limited to a maximum for 4 travelers, so sign up now!

November

Polar Bear Migration
November 2022     Six Days!

Experience one of the world’s most 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 and take a ride with a sled dog team Departures sell out quickly, so call now to assure availability.
Call for more details.
Fee: $9,685. Members: $8,185.

February 2023

Wild Costa Rica
Dates TBD     10 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: Call for more details.

February 2023

Tanzania Safari: Birds and Mammals
February 20 – March 5, 2023      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 Miley Bull and Rob Taylor, along with talented Tanzanian guides.
Fee: $8,998. Members: $7,298.. Call for details on the Kilimanjaro Trek Extension.

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: $9,498. Members: $7,998.

Scottish Highlands and Islands
June 2023     12 Days!     Call for exact dates!

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, Western Capercaillie, and so 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 the Orkney archipelago, discovering a land of colorful history and outstanding beauty.
Leaders: Local guide and a CAS EcoTravel escort.
Fee: $5,998. Members: $4,998.

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.

April

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     Four Spots Left!
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: Matt Bell.
Fee: $1,398. Members: $1,198.

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: Matt Bell or 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 13 – 16, 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: $1,398. Members: $1,098.

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: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,498. Members: $2,998.

December

Sea Turtles and Cape Cod Exploration
December 2 – 4, 2022     Three Days!

In December, Cape Cod is a fabulous place to explore when tourists are few and the region takes on a more relaxed feel. Unfortunately, at this time of year Kemp’s Ridley, Green, and Loggerhead sea turtles are often stunned by cold water and end up stranded along the beaches. Participants learn about these fragile marine reptiles at Massachusetts Audubon’s Wellfleet Sanctuary. Scour the beaches of Cape Cod Bay for turtles, take part in numerous nature-related activities, and be magically absorbed into the wildness of grass-topped dunes, empty beaches, and ceaseless crashing waves.
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $1,098. Members: $898.

January 2023

New Mexico in Winter
January 2 – 10, 2023     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 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: $3,398. Members: $2,998.

Arkansas’s Rice Fields and Bayous
January 8 – 15, 2023     Eight Days!

Join our thirteenth exciting expedition into the mature southern woodlands that once hosted the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and perhaps still do! 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, Smith’s Longspur, and clouds of waterfowl in the heart of America’s rice belt and “Duck Capital of the World!”
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $2,995. Members: $2,598.

Winter Owl Blitz
January 30 – February 4, 2023     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 2023

Long Island’s North and South Forks
February 2 – 5, 2023     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 21 – 24, 2023     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: $1,798. Members: $1,498.

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.

Dauphin Island, Alabama
April 12 – 18, 2023     Seven Days!

To the east of world-famous High Island, Texas, lies little-known Dauphin Island, just south of Mobile, Alabama. One of the first stretches of land that neotropical migrants see as they make their way across the Gulf of Mexico, Dauphin is where birds congregate to rest and refuel after the exhausting flight, sometimes through inclement weather. It’s not uncommon to sometimes have over 100 species in just a single day! Time will be spent searching not only for migrant songbirds, but resident southern specialists, shorebirds getting ready to leave their wintering grounds, and more. Join us on our inaugural trip to Dauphin Island!
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,498. Members: $2,998.

Texas: Coast, Valley, and Hills
April 19 – 28, 2023     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 Edwards Plateau.
Fee: $4,498. Members: $3,998.

 

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