Spring in Florida 2022

Specialties & Migration

April 23 – May 02, 2022

Tour Length: 10 days
Est. Spaces Left: 0

Tour Leaders

Kip Miller

Focus

Birds, Photography, Wildlife

Price

Double Accommodation: $5,200/person
Single Supplement: + $775
Deposit: $750

Max Group Size

14 (2 leaders)

Pace

Relaxed ; Short walks with optional longer for Flamingo; some longer drives

Future Departures

April 23, 2023

Tour Descriptions

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).

Locations

Gallery

More Details

Trip Highlights

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.

Other Attractions

Planning for the Trip

Meeting Location

Miami International Airport at 4:00 PM

Accommodations

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

Alcohol, personal calls, laundry, other personal expenses.

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.

Suggested Clothing and 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