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 x11 or email Beth Cranmer.
November 7 - 18/19*, 2013
Leaders: Rob Gibbs & local leaders
We’re offering our members another opportunity to participate in US Government approved bird surveys at several locations in Cuba. These studies are coordinated and conducted by the Caribbean Conservation Trust, our partner for this trip. We will search for many of the characteristic birds of Cuba, which include 30 endemic species and subspecies.
* 13-Day Program with 1 day/night extension option
Please check out these websites for more information on this extraordinary birding opportunity:
This program is being managed by the Caribbean Conservation Trust, under authorization of the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control.
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."
January 25-30, 2014
Optional Extension to February 2
Leaders Tom & Judy Gire and John Bjerke
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. An optional extension continues the trip to February 2 with visits to Corkscrew Swamp, Rookery Bay, Tigertail Beach, and Everglades City. Members’ cost for the basic trip is $1550, double occupancy from West Palm Beach.
February 2-16, 2014
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 20 years of trips here, 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 upcoming trip explores Caribbean lowland rain forest, cool mountain highlands, southern Pacific foothills and coastline, and other tropical wild lands. Call to receive an itinerary and registration packet when they are available. Members' cost for the basic trip for the basic trip is $3650, double occupancy, from San Jose. Limited to 12 participants.
March 15-23, 2014
Leaders: Hal Wierenga & Stephanie Mason
Half a million migrating Sandhill Cranes gather along Nebraska’s Platte River each March in one of North America’s most impressive wildlife spectacles. Marvel at the abundance of these regal birds and discover a region that is surprisingly rich in bird life. East meets west in Nebraska, and we will search for birds representative of both realms. We will also watch courting Greater Prairie Chickens, see great flocks of migrating waterfowl, and prowl the prairies and sandhills in search of wintering raptors and other wildlife. Experience all the wonders of early spring in America’s heartland. Members' cost for the basic trip is $2100, double occupancy, from Lincoln. Limited to 12 persons.
April 8-18, 2014
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. We also offer an optional pre-trip extension to Cape Town, South Africa, and an optional post-trip extension to Victoria Falls, Zambia. Cost of the basic tour is $6995, double occupancy, from Johannesburg.
May 23 – 31, 2014
Leaders: Mark England & Local Experts
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 Mark England and local naturalists from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory.
Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form
The Alaska coastline is spectacularly beautiful and an extraordinarily rich wildlife community. If you love puffins and their cousins, this is the trip for you. Watch also for whales, seals, sea otters, and coastal wildlife and wildflowers. Our trip begins with a four-night stay at St. Paul, largest of the remote Pribilof Islands. Here cliffs are crowded with Horned and Tufted Puffins, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Least, Crested, and Parakeet Auklets, Red-faced Cormorants, Northern Fulmars, Red-legged Kittiwakes, and more. Rocky beaches are crowded with Northern Fur Seals. Back on the mainland visit Seward and Homer, enjoying boat tours at Kenai Fjords National Park and in Kachemak Bay. Members’ cost is $5300, double occupancy from Anchorage, which includes round trip air travel to St. Paul, all meals while at St. Paul, and two boat trips.
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 x11 or email Beth Cranmer 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