EcoTravel Overnight Trips

Young Family Foundation Grant Helps EcoTravel Provide Binoculars and Field Guides to Students in Cuba

EcoTravel Director Andy Griswold delivered a suitcase full of binoculars and field guides for young birders during a recent EcoTravel visit to Cuba, thanks to a gift from the William C. Young Family Foundation. Read about it here.

 

Favorite Tours


Macaw - Ben LunsfordAmazing 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. Iguacu Falls, Machu Picchu, Pantanal, Galapagos, and Ecuadorian Highlands extensions available.

Galapagos - Pete USA

Galapagos Cruise: Islands of Discovery
Year-round Departures!     10 Days!    
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 $4,300 per person. Ecuadorian Highland, Machu Picchu, and Quito extensions available. Don’t miss out on this tremendous learning experience in the “Enchanted Islands.” Call or email for more detail.

 

Featured Tours


Cuba Bird Survey

February 22 – March 6, 2018     13 Days!
We are again offering our licensed bird survey in Cuba. This program has a more than 20-year history as a conservation project focused on Cuba’s importance as a wintering habitat for migratory birds. Travel with a small group and local guides through less traveled parts of Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest and most ecologically diverse island nation, home to 26 endemic birds: the world’s smallest, the Bee Hummingbird; one of the rarest woodpeckers, Fernandina’s Flicker; and the elusive Blue-headed Quail-Dove. Leader: Andy GriswoldFee: Estimated at $5,350.

 


Brazil Garden Tour
Celebrating Roberto Burle Marx
July 9 – 23, 2018     15 Days!
Brazil is a land of staggering beauty and unsurpassed diversity. It is 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 birder Cole Burrell and local guide Patricia Silva. An extension to Belo Horizonte is available.  Fee: $8,298. With member discount: $7,598.

 

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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For Detailed Itineraries of our Overnight Tours, please contact us at:
ecotravel@ctaudubon.org
Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel
PO Box 903
Essex, CT  06426
860-767-0660

 

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Overnight International Tour Listing 


Panama’s Canopy Tower and Lodge
Year Round Departures     Six to 21 Days!
For many years, this tiny country roughly the size of South Carolina was known only for the “Engineering Wonder of the World” that connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Panama Canal. More and more people, however, are starting to discover the vast natural and cultural wonders that Panama offers, including Caribbean coral reefs, Pacific mangrove wetlands, dry tropical forests, wet rainforests, and mountain cloud forests. These tropical ecosystems harbor an incredible diversity of colorful flowers and plants and a wide array of wild animals like sloths, anteaters, monkeys, and more. There are about 960 different species of birds—far more than the total number of species found in the U.S. and Canada combined! Panama presents excellent opportunities to see wildlife and learn about the importance of tropical environments. Six day packages start at $1,299. The 21-day package starts at $4,619. Call for details on these packages and others, and for exact departure dates. Not to be missed!

Polar Bear Migration
October and November  2017     Eight Days!
Multiple departures available.
This northern expedition in Churchill, Manitoba, on Hudson Bay, will take travelers to the land of the Polar Bear to witness the annual migration. Participants travel on the tundra in specially equipped tundra vehicles, providing them with the best possible views of the bears in their spectacular habitat. Searches for the northern lights, a visit to the Eskimo Museum, and optional helicopter and sled dog tours are some of the other activities offered. Local guides provide a wealth of knowledge! This is the most accessible population of Polar Bear, but it is in jeopardy from global warming. See them now. Fee: $6,395. With member discount: $5,895. Includes airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill.

Ecuador’s Private Birding Reserves
January 22 – February 2, 2018     12 Days!   
You’ll have the opportunity to visit private birding reserves in the high barren plains, highland rainforest, cloud forest, and tropical rainforest , based from lodges at the reserves. The reserves are all within a two-hour radius of Quito, spanning nine different ecosystems. With over 1,000 possible bird species (65 species of hummingbird), wild orchids, waterfalls, mammals, and butterflies, each of the exclusive reserves is a unique paradise. A must for the serious birder-naturalist! Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: $4,998. With member discount: $4,298.

Japan in Winter
January 28 – February 12, 2018     16 Days!
This spectacular itinerary will take us to the three largest islands in Japan’s archipelago: Honshu, Kyushu, and Hokkaido. From the spectacle of thousands of cranes in the frosted paddy fields of southern Kyushu, to the fabled Snow Monkeys bathing in the hot springs, to the forests of the Japanese Alps of Honshu, to the rare and enormous Blakiston’s Fish Owl and the majestic mass gatherings of White-tailed and Steller’s Sea Eagles, Japan in winter offers unparalleled photographic and wildlife viewing opportunities and a cultural experience that captivates the most seasoned traveler. Visit the Imperial Palace and Botanical Gardens in Tokyo. A Taiwan extension is offered.  Fee: 7,698. With member discount: $6,898. Leader: Rob Taylor.  

 

Tanzania Safari
February 8 – 21, 2018     Sold Out!

New Departure!
March 13 – 26, 2018!   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 Priscilla Wood and local guides Fee: $6,198. With member discount: $5,398. Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro Trek extensions available.

Cuba Bird Survey
February 22 – March 6, 2018     13 Days!
We are again offering our licensed bird survey in Cuba. This program has a more than 20-year history as a conservation project focused on Cuba’s importance as a wintering habitat for migratory birds. Travel with a small group and local guides through less traveled parts of Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest and most ecologically diverse island nation, home to 26 endemic birds: the world’s smallest, the Bee Hummingbird; one of the rarest woodpeckers, Fernandina’s Flicker; and the elusive Blue-headed Quail-Dove. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: Estimated at $5,350.

Guatemala: Tropical Birds and Tikal
April 6 – 17,  2018    12 Days!    
The tiny country of Guatemala, with its ancient Mayan culture and history, volcanic vistas, and incredible birdlife, is a dream come true for the adventure traveler. Guatemala is home to more than 700 species of birds, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Travel to cloud forest and tropical rain forest, from the Pacific Slope to the central highlands, in search of Guatemala’s many regionally endemic species. The Tikal portion of the trip opens views into the Mayan past as you witness the sunrise from atop pyramids nestled within tropical splendor. Its unique history and geography, combined with a modern tourist infrastructure, good roads, comfortable lodges, and inviting food, have made Guatemala the new premier destination. Don’t miss out on a trip to remember! Leader: Lucretia Bingham. Fee: $5,598. With member discount: $4,898.

Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire
June 4 – 15, 2018    12 Days!    
Visit Iceland and enter a whole new realm of experience! You’ll discover unspoiled nature as you’ve never seen it before and the equally original people for whom timeless nature, ancient heritage, and modern lifestyle coexist in harmony. The freedom to roam in the city or the wilds, explore, and have fun are key to the Iceland experience. Visit all that makes Iceland unique, including the famed Blue Lagoon, bird-filled islands, and intriguing geological features. Leaders: Lucretia Bingham and Andy Griswold. Fee: $7,398. With member discount: $6,698.

Western Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way
June 26 – July 6, 2018     11 Days!
Join us for an in-depth exploration of rural Ireland. This 11-day, small group experience will bring you to the heart of remote places. Get a taste of what it is to be Irish! Roam the rich heartland, wander the wild, rugged Atlantic coastline, tread a spectacular landscape steeped in the rich heritage of Ireland. Meet the locals and soak up the village culture. Hear the music, listen to the stories, step out with some Irish dancing, and attend colorful local festivals. Experience the authentic life of Ireland. Fee: $3,998. With member discount: $3,498. Leader: Priscilla Wood.

Brazil Garden Tour
Celebrating Roberto Burle Marx
July 9 – 23, 2018     15 Days!
Brazil is a land of staggering beauty and unsurpassed diversity. It is 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 birder Cole Burrell and local guide Patricia Silva. An extension to Belo Horizonte is available.  Fee: $8,298. With member discount: $7,598.

 

Overnight Domestic Tour Listing

Block Island Weekend Escape
September 29 – October 1, 2017     Three Days!  Limited Space. Call Now. 
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 escape as indicated by our many repeat participants. Fee: $845. With member discount: $645. Leader: Andy Griswold.

Cape May, New Jersey
October 13 – 15, 2017     Three 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 the lively historic town. Something for everyone! Leader: TBD. Fee: $845. With member discount: $645.

Sea Turtle Rescue
December 1 – 3, 2017     Three Days!
In early December, the Cape Cod beaches become the last hope for sea turtles like Kemps, Ridley, Green, Loggerhead, and Hawksbill that are stunned by the cold water and end up stranded along the coast. Join leader Priscilla Wood and work with local marine-life rescue squads to help safely locate and transport these fragile marine reptiles to safe haven. Scour the outer Cape, Chatham to Provincetown, without the crowds of summer, and be magically absorbed into the wildness of grass-topped dunes, empty beaches, and ceaseless crashing waves. Expect the rare and unusual. Fee: $855. With member discount: $655.

Arkansas and Ivorybills?
January 14- 21, 2018     Eight Days!
Join our ninth 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! Fee: $2,395. With member discount: $1,998. Leader: Priscilla Wood.

Montauk Escape
February 9 – 11, 2018     Three Days!
The town of 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 seen 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. Fee: $855. With member discount: $655. Leader: Andy Griswold.

Birding Florida’s Gulf Coast
February 12 – 18, 2018     Seven Days!
The subtropical ecosystem makes the region around Sarasota a major stopover on the Eastern Flyway and a premier birding destination. Tour numerous birding hotspots along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, a network of hundreds of sites spread throughout the state. Florida hosts a variety of habitats from tropical hardwood and scrub forests to tidal flats, marshlands, and mangrove swamps. Visit Cork Screw Swamp, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and many other preserves. Some target birds are Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Florida Scrub-Jay, Bachman’s Sparrow, and Whooping Crane. Many species are typical “backyard birds” for Florida residents, but a real treat for anyone from the North. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Fee: $3,075. With member discount: $2,675.

Colorado’s Grouse and Prairie Chickens
April 14 – 24, 2018    Eight Days!
Our tour is designed to allow time for birding the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Plateau, and the marvelous leks of Colorado’s grasslands, emphasizing the western birds you seldom or never see on the east coast. The tour provides the best opportunity to find each of the many target bird species, including Greater Sage-Grouse, Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Dusky Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Three-toed Woodpecker, rosy-finches, and more. Each day will be a total natural history experience! Fee: $5,485. With Member Discount: $4,885. Leaders: Phil Rusch and James Restivo.  

Texas: Coast, Valley, and Hills
April 24 – May 3, 2018    Ten Days!
Join the popular guide team of Jay Hand and Andy Griswold as they reunite for another great 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 275 species, including Green Kingfisher, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Tropical Parula, 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 Anna, Bentsen, and the Edward’s Plateau. Jay and Andy are known for their expert knowledge of Texas birds. Fee: $3,898. With member discount: $3,498.

Ohio’s Magee Marsh and Canada’s Point Pelee
May 8 – 17, 2018     Ten Days!
Magee Marsh, on the 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 toward their breeding grounds in the North. Point Pelee National Park situated on Lake Erie’s north shore is one of the most important migration highways in North America and since 1918 has been preserved as a national sanctuary. It is 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 and 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. Fee: $3,300. With Member Discount: $2,898. Leader: Andy Griswold.

Utah: Bryce, Zion, and Monument Valley
May 12 – 21, 2018     10 Days!
Often when people think of the West they have visions of colorful landscapes and stunning views. Many of the locations on this tour will have those amazing panoramas and breathtaking backdrops you have always imagined. This tour of Southern Utah is aptly shaped like a lasso: flying into Las Vegas and then completing a counterclockwise loop. Our tour will bring us to the best national parks in the West, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Monument Valley, to name a few. 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 left standing from the forces of erosion). We explore and enjoy the birds, plants, and animals that call this region home. May is a great time to visit Utah before the summer crowds arrive and the temperatures are not too hot. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Fee: $3,725. With member discount $3,225.

Hunt for the Elusive Spruce Grouse
May 29 – June 1, 2018     Four Days!
Enjoy an escape that takes you 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 from the busy world 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 Bicknell’s Thrush and Three-toed Woodpecker. Leaders: Nick Bonomo and Andy Griswold. Fee: $1,198. With member discount: $998.

Connecticut Lakes
June 7 – 10, 2018     Four Days!
The Connecticut Lakes region is the pristine area at the northern tip of New Hampshire offering unlimited, unspoiled wilderness. This is the center of the North Country’s moose habitat where the mighty Connecticut River is born. Birds may include Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray 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. Fee: $1,198. With member discount: $998. Leader: Jim Sherwonit.

Boothbay, Bar Harbor, and Mount Desert Island
July 12 – 16, 2018     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. We explore the beauty of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, one of the most picturesque parks and home to Cadillac Mountain, where watching the sunrise and sunset is breathtaking. Revel in the scenic beauty of Maine, its historic towns, and hidden coves. Fee: $1,698. With members discount $1,298. Leader: Jim Sherwonit.

 

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30 Plains Road
PO Box 903
Essex, CT 06426
800-996-8747
860-767-0660

Andrew Griswold, Director
agriswold@ctaudubon.org

Priscilla Wood,
EcoTravel Assistant
pwood@ctaudubon.org

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