Spring in Florida 2021: Specialties & Migration

April 25 - May 04, 2021
Tour Length: 10 days Est. Spaces Left: 2

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
Future Departures:
April 24, 2022
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
7 + HLT leader
Focus:
Birds; Photography; Wildlife;
Pace:
Relaxed ; Short walks with optional longer for Flamingo; some longer drives
Double Accommodation:
$ 3525
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 575
Deposit:
$350 [per person]

Florida is unique among the 50 states with its geology, geography, flora, and fauna offering a fascinating mix of north and south, with a flavor of the Caribbean, and a major flyway for Neotropical migrants. This short and relaxed tour combs through Southern Florida’s highlights with visits to world-famous Everglades, the beautiful Keys, the central pine barrens, and the remote Dry Tortugas. The Everglades are a one-of-a-kind natural wonder among southern Florida’s many wild treasures, and the Keys offer spectacular beaches plus unique hardwood hammocks home to numerous bird specialties. We will also spend a day in the Dry Tortugas amidst spectacular seabirds, and we will witness the heartbeat of the Spring migration here. Even within the greater Miami area nature still survives and thrives among burgeoning development, and we will visit local migrant hotspots and seek some of the ABA countable exotic species (always a fun and interesting venture).

Photo: Mangrove Cuckoo by Stephan Lorenz

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Meeting Location

    Miami International Airport at 4:00 PM

    Accomodations

    Comfortable 2 – 3 star hotels

     

    Included

    From Miami International Airport
    9 nights lodging
    all meals from dinner on first day to breakfast on last day
    guide
    transportation
    entry fees & permits
    taxes & tips (tips to guide optional)

    Excluded

    Alcoholic beverages
    Personal calls
    Laundry
    Any other expense of personal nature

  • Top Birds

    Short-tailed Hawk, Snail Kite, Mangrove Cuckoo, White-crowned Pigeon, Antillean Nighthawk, Gray Kingbird, Black-whiskered Vireo, the endemic Florida Scrub-Jay, & rare Shiny Cowbird.Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman’s Sparrow. Sooty, Roseate & Bridled Terns; Brown & Black (uncommon) Noddy; Masked, Brown & Red-footed (rare) Boobiies; American Flamingo (uncommon). countable exotics, such as, Egyptian Goose, Gray-headed Swamphen, White-winged and Nanday parakeets, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Common Myna, and Spot-breasted Oriole. Caribbean rarities, e.g., Bahama Mockingbird and others can sometimes be found.

    Top Mammals

    Florida Panther (rare); American alligator & American Crocodile (uncommon); Manatee.

    Habitats Covered

    Marshlands & swamps; pine woodlands; coast & island habitats.

    Expected Climate

    Hot & humid in most places; can be cool on boat trip to Dry Tortugas.

  • Other Attractions
    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • Lip screen/balm
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Small alarm clock
    • Field guides
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Light-weight long pants
    • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Swimsuit
    • Medium-weight jacket
    • PJs or shorts for lounging/sleeping
    Recommended Reading
    • National Geographic Field Guide to The Birds of North America (7th Edition)

      Jon Dunn, et. al. 2017
      National Geographic Society

     


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