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."
Ecuador packs a tremendous diversity of habitat into a relatively small country. The nation straddles the equator in western South America. It’s a land of contrasts, from snow-capped volcanic peaks to lowlands that are part of the great Amazon basin, the world’s most extensive rainforest. Destinations include parks and natural areas exploring the high Andes, partway down into the cloud forests of the western slopes, and a four nights at the legendary Napo Wildlife Center in the Amazon basin. Our goal is to see a great variety of birds and other wildlife while learning about tropical biology, ecology, and conservation. Our bird list will number in the hundreds, with perhaps dozens of hummingbirds and tanagers, and we will make a special effort to see some of Ecuador’s more spectacular species. Limited to 12 participants. Registration Deadline August 22!
January 13-20, 2015
Leaders: Mark Garland and Tom & Judy Gire
The wetlands and associated upland habitats between Orlando and the Atlantic coast are loaded with birds and other wildlife throughout the winter months. While this part of Florida can be chilly in mid-winter, freezing temperatures are very rare and most days are pleasant and dry. Freshwater marshes, wooded swamps, and open lakes are home to alligators, Limpkin, Snail Kite, and a great variety of herons and egrets. Habitats near the Atlantic coast support manatees, Roseate Spoonbills, huge flocks of wintering waterfowl, and lots of other wildlife. As we search for birds and other wildlife we’ll also identify some of the more conspicuous plants and discuss Florida’s ecology and conservation concerns. Cost of the trip is $1995, double occupancy from Orlando, for members of the Audubon Naturalist Society.
February 14-27, 2015
Optional Extension to March 2
Leaders: Stephanie Mason and Carlos “Charlie” Gómez
Costa Rica has long been considered one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations. On our 26 years of trips to this exceptionally diverse little Central American country, 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, the two largest freshwater wetlands in the country, and tropical dry forest. An optional extension to March 2 visits habitats in the country’s highest mountain range, the Talamancas. Expect to see many hummingbirds, tanagers, trogons, parrots, and other tropical birds, along with monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, and a mind-numbing variety of tropical plants. Members cost for the basic trip, double occupancy from San Jose, CR, is $3750 and includes all but two meals. Add $650 for the optional extension. Call (301-652-9188, Ext. 10) to request a registration packet when it is available. Limited to 12 participants.
April 18-25, 2015
Leaders: Hal Wierenga & Carlos Bethancourt
Darién, the easternmost province of Panama, is home to the wildest and most diverse forests of Central America. Ecosystems of South America and Central America mingle here. Creatures that don’t mix well with humans can still be found in Darién, including Harpy Eagle and Jaguar. This region used to be very challenging to visit, but the folks who manage the Canopy Tower (and who hosted two very happy ANS groups in 2013) have just opened a small lodge called the “Canopy Camp.” This week-long trip is based at the Canopy Camp, heading out into different habitats each day to find birds and other wildlife in this spectacular rainforest environment. Cost for ANS members is $3200, double occupancy from Panama City, which includes all meals.
July 9 - 19, 2015
Leaders: Rob Gibbs & Mark England
Yellowstone is truly one of the world’s greatest natural areas, America’s first National Park and honored by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. At over two million acres, Yellowstone National Park encompasses a vast and diverse wilderness. Enjoy the Park’s geysers and other geothermal features while searching for birds, mammals, and other wildlife. With luck we could see wolves, bears, moose, elk, bison, and other big mammals. We are sure to see many birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and more. The itinerary includes visits to neighboring Grand Teton National Park and to the high Beartooth Plateau, part of the Shoshone National Forest. Cost is $2995, double occupancy from Jackson, WY, for ANS members.
July 7 - 19, 2015
Leaders: Neal Fitzpatrick, Scott O’Hara, 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 $4900, double occupancy for ANS members.
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