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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 carol.hayes@anshome.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."


Scotland: Nature of the Highlands and Islands  Limited space available!

July 5-17, 2016
Leaders: Neal Fitzpatrick, Warwick Lister-Kaye, and Aigas Rangers

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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.

Itinerary | Cost sheet | Registration Form 


Southeastern Arizona: Crossroads of Western Ecosystems  Trip is Full - Call to be Added to Wait List

August 19-28, 2016Desert
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.  The ANS member cost is $2700, double occupancy from Tucson.

Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form | 2016 Flyer


Cape Breton Island: An Exploration of North Woods and Waters

September 17-25, 2016
Leaders David Farner and Stephanie Mason

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ANS is returning to Nova Scotia, but this time we’ll focus our explorations on the glacial valleys, coniferous forests, and rocky shores of Cape Breton Island. We’ll begin in Fortress Louisbourg, a Parks Canada site illustrating the Island’s historic past, while preserving scenic natural areas along the Atlantic. We’ll visit trails leading to sandy beaches as well as rocky coast at the Louisbourg lighthouse overlooking the harbor. Among the birds we’ll search for here are black guillemot, great cormorant, common eider and black-legged kittiwake. Moving on to Cape Breton Highlands National Park, we’ll visit its western side at Cheticamp and its eastern side at Ingonish. Daily outings will take us to a variety of habitats, as we search for boreal birds such as spruce grouse, boreal chickadee and gray jay. We’ll also keep our eyes open for migrating warblers, North Woods mammals such as moose and snowshoe hare, and all manner of plant life in woodland, bog, and coastal terrain. Cost of the trip for ANS members is $2350, double occupancy, from Halifax.

Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form | Important Information


Panama: A Week at the Iconic Canopy Tower
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November 9-16, 2016
Optional extension to November 20, 2016
Leaders:  Stephanie Mason & Carlos Bethancourt


Panama's geographic location as the link between South and Central America makes it a land of exceptional biological diversity. The Panama Canal brings income to the nation, making it more prosperous than its neighbors and allowing the country to initiate ambitious park and conservation programs. Explore Central Panama with us and see some of the amazing diversity of birds and other tropical wildlife to be found in the pristine rain forests and related habitats. Our base of study is the remarkable Canopy Tower, a small ecotourism lodge built into the frame of a radar facility formerly run by the US Military during the Cold War era. We will take day trips to various nearby habitats, filling a week with explorations of rich tropical habitats. An optional extension visits the Canopy Lodge, a beautiful sister facility located in the low mountains (2,400 feet in elevation) just three hours to the west. Birds will be a primary focus of our trip, and we're sure to see an incredible variety of tropical birds along with migrants from North America. But we'll also take time to observe other elements of the natural world (mammals, insects, and plants) and human history (our itinerary includes a full-day visit to Panama City) in this biologically and historically rich region.

Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form | Important Information


Costa Rica: A Trove of Tropical Birds -- and More

February, 2017
Leaders Stephanie Mason and Carlos “Charlie” Gomez

CostaRica SMOur Senior Naturalist has just returned from this year’s annual sojourn to Costa Rica—and she’s already started planning next winter’s trip! This will be her 19th year as an ANS leader to this small tropical wonderland with amazing diversity of plant and animal life. Our trip next February will visit the moist Caribbean lowlands, midlands, and highlands, before ending up in the tropical dry forest of the country’s northwest Pacific lowlands. Call to receive the full itinerary and registration information as soon as the planning is complete. Or keep watching our website for details, which will be posted once plans are finalized.


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June 23-July 2, 2017
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.  A pre-trip visit to the Tandapaya region of mainland Ecuador (June 20-23) and a post-trip extension to Machu Picchu (July 1-7) are also being planned.  Watch for more details as they become available.  Note date change from previous publications.


 

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Future Destinations? Help Us Decide!

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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 carol.hayes@anshome.org 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
  • Alaska
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Kenya
  • Quebec
  • Southwestern deserts of Arizona and California

 

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