The Audubon Naturalist Society's Nature Travel Program offers exciting opportunities to search for wildlife and explore the wonders of nature in places outside the mid-Atlantic region. Group size is typically limited to 15 persons and many trips fill early. For more information call the Travel Desk at 301-652-9188 x10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's just a sample of what ANS travelers are saying about their journeys!
"The leaders' respective and complementary strengths combined to make for an outstanding team."
"The trip was extremely well-run and organized. Our time was very efficiently used. Sites chosen were all very engaging and rich."
"I know from experience that ANS puts together very safe well-planned trips."
"The trip totally exceeded my expectations- I can't stop talking about it since I've returned home."
Pico Bonito Lodge, near the Caribbean Sea in northern Honduras, is the new “hot destination” for birding and nature tours in Central America. The lodge features very nice cabins, exceptional meals, and great service. But, more importantly, it features excellent trails through pristine forests adjacent to a large national park. Spend a week at this lodge exploring these trails and venturing out to nearby natural areas, including the mangrove swamps of Cuero y Salada Wildlife Refuge and the Cayos Cochinos Archipelago. Lovely Cotinga, Boat-billed Heron, Keel-billed Motmot, and the endemic Honduran Emerald just begin the list of possible sightings. Members’ cost is $2600, double occupancy from San Pedro Sula.
January 16-24, 2016
Leaders: Mark Garland, Tom Gire & Judy Gire
Escape winter and enjoy the biological richness of southern Florida. Our trip visits a variety of natural areas in Everglades National Park, along with the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and the Wakodahatchee Wetlands near West Palm Beach. We are sure to see a lot of birds and other wildlife, but we also take a holistic approach, looking at the complex interwoven character of the many habitats of the Everglades ecosystem. Learn about the major conservation efforts that have recently been implemented to hopefully restore and protect this national treasure. The trip wraps up in southwestern Florida, where we visit Corkscrew Swamp, Rookery Bay, Tigertail Beach, and Everglades City.
January 30-February 13, 2016
Leaders: Stephanie Mason and Carlos “Charlie” Gomez
Costa Rica has long been considered one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations. On our more than 28 years of trips there, we always visit several different habitats in our search for birds, plants, and all manner of wildlife. Lessons on tropical ecology and conservation engage us every day. Our 2016 trip explores Caribbean lowland rain forest, cool mountain highlands, southern Pacific foothills and coastline, and other tropical wild lands. Thrill to sightings of toucans, trogons, tanagers, monkeys, and more. Cost for ANS members is $3800, double occupancy from San Jose, and includes all but two meals.
April 3-13, 2016
Leaders: Mark Garland & Graham Johansson
Botswana is a stable, peaceful nation in southern Africa with great appeal to wildlife enthusiasts. Savannahs are home to zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, gazelles, and others – the classic guild of African wildlife – but Botswana has something special: the Okavango Delta. Here the African savannah meets the continent’s largest freshwater wetland, creating truly one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife viewing destinations. Our itinerary visits two different small lodges in the delta for maximum immersion into this spectacular ecosystem, along with a visit to the associated Lanyanti wetlands to the north. We also offer an optional pre-trip extension to the Kalahari desert, and an optional post-trip extension to Victoria Falls, Zambia. Call or email to receive a registration packet when they are available.
July 5 - 17, 2016
Leaders: Neal Fitzpatrick, Warwick Lister-Kaye, and Aigas Rangers
Northern Scotland is a land of rugged mountains, broad glacial valleys, open moors, a jagged coastline mixing rocky cliffs with small beaches, countless lakes and ponds, and an intriguing mix of wildlife. Islands off the coast have a distinctive maritime flair but also a great variety of birds and other wildlife. Amidst it all is the lively culture of the Scots. Explore it all with this new Audubon Naturalist Society travel program.
The amazing Aigas Field Centre is the centerpiece of the program. We spend seven nights based at this award-winning environmental education center housed at a glorious old estate. We also spend three nights at Islay before reaching the Aigas Field Centre. This island, part of the Inner Hebrides, is one of Scotland’s best regions for raptors and other open country birds, as well as the home to many famous distilleries. As at Aigas, our visit to Islay combines natural history with a look into the history and culture of Scotland. Cost is $5200, double occupancy for ANS members.
August 19-28, 2016
Leaders: Rob Gibbs & Sheri Williamson
Southeastern Arizona is one of our country’s most biologically rich regions. At lower elevations the Sonoran Desert and the Chihuahuan Deserts meet, and the highlands mix some species of the Rocky Mountains with others of the Sierra Madre. There are many birds found in this region that aren’t regularly seen in any other part of the US, and there are also distinctive plants, reptiles, butterflies, and more. Search for birds and learn about this region’s ecological diversity with popular ANS leader Rob Gibbs and Sheri Williamson, Director of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory. Planning is underway; contact us and we’ll send the final itinerary and other details as soon as the planning is complete.
November 9-16, 2016
Optional extension to November 20, 2016
Leaders: Stephanie Mason & local guide
We’re in the early stages of planning a return trip to the former U.S. Military facility that has been ingeniously transformed into an ecotourism and birding lodge called the Canopy Tower. The Tower is located in the Canal Zone, which for many years was U.S. territory and left undeveloped. Today, most of this land is protected as a Panamanian National Park, and the variety of birds and other tropical wildlife found here is overwhelming. We’ll spend a week at the tower, with an optional extension to the Canopy Lodge. More details when they become available.
Leaders Stephanie Mason, Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis & local guides
A trip to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands is one of the world’s greatest natural history excursions. Planning has begun for our third trip collaboration with industry leader Victor Emmanuel Nature Tours. Watch for more details as they become available.
Future Destinations? Help Us Decide!
We currently offer about seven Nature Escapes each year, but there are dozens of great nature destinations we consider. Help us choose!
Call 301-652-9188 x10 or email email@example.com with your selection, and if we choose that destination you'll receive advanced notice and have an opportunity to register early. Current candidate destinations include:
- West Texas
- Galapagos Islands
- Southwestern deserts of Arizona and California