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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

August 2021

Nova Scotia from Fundy to Cape Breton
August 10 – 20, 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.

January 2022

Extraordinary Ethiopia
January 14 – 30, 2022     17 Days!
Venture off the beaten path and explore one of Africa’s most fascinating and least visited destinations. Medieval castles, churches hewn out of solid rock, ancient temples, and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites (more than any other African country)! Ethiopia is the perfect destination for travelers of all ages. At the crossroad of ancient trade routes and one of the world’s oldest nations, amazingly Ethiopia was never colonized. Unique cultures, natural beauty, intriguing history, and wonderful people are some of the many reasons to visit Ethiopia. As Graham Hancock declares in African Ark, “In terms of the sheer variety of fascinating destinations, no other place in Africa compares to Ethiopia.”
Leader: Lucretia Bingham.
Fee: $5,698. Members: $4,998.

Uganda’s Birds and Primates
January 18 – 31, 2022     14 Days!
The east African country of Uganda is not only about chimps and gorillas, although it’s magical to see these endangered primates in their natural habitat. Over the last 25 years, Uganda has raced ahead to become one of Africa’s best birding destinations, offering excellent tourism infrastructure, fantastic birding, friendly local people, photogenic scenery, a pleasant climate, excellent coffee, and very special wildlife viewing. The opening line of their national anthem is “Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty,” and you will see why. It truly is an incredibly scenic place of amazing habitat diversity, leading Uganda to an incredible 1,020 species of birds—around half of the total number found in Africa! On this 12-day birding tour 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, fauna and flora. The optional Chimpanzee and Mountain Gorilla trekking experiences are both truly bucket- list, “once in a lifetime” opportunities not to be missed. Let’s experience the “Pearl of Africa!”
Leader: Nick Bonomo.
Fee: $9,498. Members: $7,998.

February 2022

Tanzania Safari
February 6 – 19, 2022     14 Days!     Sold Out!
February 20 – March 5, 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.

Belize’s Birds & Ruins
February 2022     10 Days!
Lush tropical rainforests, mystical Maya ruins, and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere—nowhere else in the world can you experience the diversity of environments, wildlife, and culture as found in Belize. Nestled on the coast between Mexico’s southern Yucatán and Honduras, this small English-speaking Caribbean country is home to over 500 species of birds, the world’s densest population of Jaguar, thousands of colorful and exotic tropical fish, and countless Maya ruins. Join us as we explore in search of a multitude of colorful birds, including some found only on the Yucatán.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Call for pricing.

Western Cuba and the Smallest Bird in the World
February 2022     Nine Days!
This is another of our exclusive, licensed bird surveys in Cuba, this time with a focus on Western Cuba and its importance as a wintering stopover for migratory birds: the beautiful Vanales Valley; the Zapata Peninsula; Guanahacabibes National Park; and two of the country’s most diverse and dramatic ranges, the Sierra de la Rosario and Sierra de los Organos. Western Cuba is home to the island’s largest concentration of the Bee Hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird. On the Zapata Peninsula, we focus on finding the elusive Zapata Rail. A great trip for those with less time and for those who have already done the central island trip.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Call for pricing.

March 2022

East of the Andes: Ecuador’s Amazon
March 30 – April 10, 2022     12 Days!
With its equatorial latitude and several distinct climates, Ecuador offers an amazing variety of birdlife: over 1,600 species, about 20 percent of the world’s numbers—more diversity in less space than any other country in the world. The Ecuadorian Amazon is mainly tropical rainforest elevated 1,300 feet above sea level. While its borders contain a mere slice of the Amazon, its rainforest is diverse, with quiet blackwater lagoons, raging chocolatey rivers, dense tree canopies, and flooded forests. As a general rule, the farther you travel from civilization and roads, the more wildlife you’ll see. The tour crosses the Andes and reaches remote areas of pristine Amazonian habitat. Optional pre- or post-trip extension to the Galapagos Islands!
Leader: TBD.
Fee: $5,798. Members: $4,998

Wild Costa Rica
March 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.
Call for pricing.

April 2022

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 2022

Cornwall, England: Hiking Tour of the Coast
May 12 – 22,  2022     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.

Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice
May 30 – June 9,  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 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 exploring the culture, history, geology, and more.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $6,798. Members: $5,998.

July 2022

Ireland: Hiking Wicklow Way
July 20 – 27, 2022     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.

Overnight Domestic Tours

July 2021

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 2021

Monhegan Island: Migration Hotspot
September 22 – 25, 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 2021

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.

Southern Utah’s National Parks
October 9 – 16, 2021     Eight Days!
Death Valley Extension: October 16 – 19, 2021
Witness firsthand some of the amazing panoramas and breathtaking backdrops you have always imagined. Visit some of the top national parks in the West, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. Zion holds some of the most rewarding adventures in all of Utah (if not the country), and Bryce is home to the world’s largest collection of hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock). Explore and enjoy the birds, plants, and animals that call this region home. October is a great time to visit, after the summer crowds and heat.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $4,598. Members: $3,998.

Jekyll Island, Georgia
October 17 – 24, 2021     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 ecology, 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.

November 2021

Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
November 4 
 9, 2021     Six Days!
Explore the peaks of Tennessee’s breathtakingly beautiful Appalachian Mountains featuring spectacular waterfalls and endless vistas. Follow wooded trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to over 200 bird species. Immerse yourself in autumn colors as you hike through high- country meadowlands along the Appalachian Trail. Participants should be fit enough for all-day exploration and hiking over hilly terrain. The Great Smoky Mountains are perhaps the most imposing set of peaks in the East, showcasing large tracts of rugged wilderness and old-growth forest of astounding biodiversity. The “smoky” name stems from the range’s ever-present mists. Leave the planning and driving to us, as you enjoy this guided group hiking experience with great accommodations and delicious food.
Leader: Rami Haxhi.
Fee: $2,398. Members: $1,998.

December 2021

Sea Turtles and Cape Cod Exploration
December 3 
 5, 2021     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: $998. Members: $798.

January 2022

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. Take this opportunity and join us 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. We leave exact locations undetermined until winter has begun, since 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 2022

Montauk Escape
February 4 
 6, 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 and quiet 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. 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 the off-season. We’ll be staying in a private house in the village of Siasconset.
Leaders: Andy Griswold and island native Rich Newman.
Fee: $1,698. Members: $1,398.

March 2022

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 2022

Florida’s Everglades, Keys, and Dry Tortugas
April 2 
 9, 2022     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: $4,198. Members: $3,698.


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