New Jersey Audubon’s Eco-Travel Program has taken participants around the world for over 30 years.

NJ Audubon staff design natural history and birding trips to a variety of domestic and foreign destination sites, ranging from relaxed nature getaways to relatively intensive birding adventures. Specific trip goals are stated in each trip’s itinerary, but one goal of every trip is for participants to better understand ecological systems both far and near, and from that understanding to maintain a high ethic concerning earth and resource stewardship in their daily lives. By traveling with New Jersey Audubon, you are helping preserve your natural heritage, since proceeds from our Eco-Travel Program directly support NJAudubon’s mission of conservation, environmental education, and wildlife research.

Program Goal

The goal of NJ Audubon’s Eco-Travel Program is to reflect our broad conservation mission through a balanced offering of natural history and birding ecotours for NJ Audubon members, New Jersey residents, and any other interested individuals.

These tours reflect natural systems education and maintain a high ethic concerning earth and resource stewardship.

NJ AUDUBON ECO-TOURS FEATURE:

  • Small group size (maximum 12 on most trips)
  • Leader to participant ratio of 1:6 or better on domestic tours
  • Destinations planned to coincide with greatest bird diversity
  • Window seats for all participants on most domestic tours

WE OFFER TOURS WITH A VARIETY OF PACES AND GOALS:

  • Relaxed vacations with nature
  • General ecology exploring a diversity of animal and plant groups, as well as geology
  • General ecology with a focus on birdlife
  • Intensive birding adventures

Upcoming Tours

GENERAL INFORMATION

Michigan hosts the lion’s share of the world breeding population of Kirtland’s Warbler, has terrific migration hotspots without huge crowds, sought-after boreal breeding birds, and some beautiful scenery. We’ll switch back and forth between days scouring migrant traps for a wide range of Neotropic songbirds, plus late spring raptors, and shorebirds, to days spent enjoying the state’s diverse breeding birds—including Kirtland’s Warbler.

With the right weather conditions, we might see 20 species of warblers in a single day! Birds of note that we’ll make concerted efforts to view include Sharp-tailed & Spruce Grouse, Upland Sandpiper, Black Tern, Red-headed and Black-backed Woodpecker, Sedge Wren, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Mourning, Connecticut, and Golden-winged Warbler, LeConte’s Sparrow, and Evening Grosbeak, among others. We’ll also visit scenic Tahquemenon Falls—one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi with a 50’ drop and over 200’ wide.

Pace, Weather and Travel Conditions:

Our days in the field usually begin about 7:00 a.m. and will end no later than 6:00 p.m. The trip involves easy to moderate walking on mostly flat ground. On some days we may spend several hours on our feet, though there will be breaks for people to sit and rest.

Temperatures will be cool to warm. Expect a temperature range from lows around 40 to highs in the low-70’s. Rain or thunderstorms are always possible; bring a poncho or rain jacket. It may feel quite cool if the wind is blowing off one of the three Great Lakes we’ll be near, so a warm layer and windbreaker is worth packing. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and black flies will likely be present.

Dates:

Monday May 21 (evening introductions/orientation at our hotel) to Tuesday May 29 (flights home anytime that day), 2018.
Tour starts and ends in Detroit.

Activity Level:

EASY TO MODERATE

Tour Size:

Travel during this tour will be in vans, with no more than 7 participants plus a leader in one “12 person” van. Tour size is limited to 12 participants.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

PRICE

Cost for this tour is $2,295 based on double occupancy

Single supplement (if you request single occupancy, or we are unable to find you a suitable roommate) is $500.

A deposit of $500 will hold your place until Mar 21, 2018 when full payment becomes due.

Price Includes:

Hotel accommodations for 8 nights, tour leadership, ground transportation while in Michigan, and entry fees.

It does not include meals or airfare to/from Detroit.

Send Deposits and Payment To:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 400-3852
Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon
OR
by email to travel@njaudubon.org

TOUR LEADERS

Scott Barnes:

Scott Barnes is Bird Programs Director for NJ Audubon’s “All Things Birds” and Assistant Director of Eco-Travel. He has led birding trips to the Adirondacks and Delmarva regions for over 15 years.

Linda Mack:

Linda Mack is an Associate Naturalist, Eco-Tour leader, and board member with NJ Audubon. Linda also has many years experience birding New York, Delaware and Virginia.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Join Scott Barnes and Linda Mack for a long weekend of great birding and natural history.

The northern Adirondack Mountains provide one of the last, unspoiled wilderness areas in the northeast. Over 6,000 square miles of rugged peaks, rocky slopes, pine/spruce forests, and wetlands are both beautiful and bird-rich. From our base in Saranac Lake, we’ll day trip to nearby bogs, boreal forests, and mountains in search of Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Olive-sided & Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Mourning Warbler, and “winter” finches.

We’ll also focus on boreal flora, alpine plants, and butterflies like fritillaries, tortoiseshells, and checkerspots. Participants will also have a chance to visit Lake Placid and the Adirondack Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s.

Pace, Weather, and Travel Conditions:

Our days in the field usually begin about 7:00 a.m. and will end about 6:00 p.m. The trips involve easy walking on flat ground and some moderately strenuous hikes on hilly terrain, depending on the habitat focus of the tour.

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

Dates:

June 15 to 18, 2018 

Tour Size:

Travel during these tours will be in vans, with no more than 7 participants plus a leader in one “12 person” van. Tour size is limited to 12 participants.
All weekend getaways include transportation by van from New Jersey.

PRICE

The price for the four-day/three night weekend is $599 per person, based on double occupancy.

Single supplement (if you request single occupancy, or we are unable to locate a suitable roommate for you) is $109.

A deposit of $50, along with a completed registration form, will secure your space.
Final payment is due 30 days prior to departure date. See individual tour descriptions above for details on each tour.

Package includes:

Round trip van transportation from Bernardsville, NJ to upstate NY, three nights’ accommodations, tour leadership and entrance fees.

Send Deposits and Other Payments To:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon

OR

By email to travel@njaudubon.org

TOUR LEADERS

Scott Barnes:

Scott Barnes is Bird Programs Director for NJ Audubon’s “All Things Birds” and Assistant Director of Eco-Travel. He has led birding trips to the Adirondacks and Delmarva regions for over 15 years.

Linda Mack:

Linda Mack is an Associate Naturalist, Eco-Tour leader, and board member with NJ Audubon. Linda also has many years experience birding New York, Delaware and Virginia.

If you have specific questions about the weekend van tour itineraries, please contact Scott Barnes directly at Plainsboro Preserve, 609-897-9400, or by email at scott.barnes@njaudubon.org

GENERAL INFORMATION

Endless skies, vast expanses of sweeping prairie grasslands, and abundant birdlife (especially in the prairie pothole region) characterize a summer birding trip to this “sleeper” destination.

North Dakota has more National Wildlife Refuges than any other state in the nation and is home to the unique geology and rugged landscape that is the Badlands. Combined with its overall rural landscape, the birding possibilities are limitless. Specialty birds we’ll seek on the trip include Ferruginous Hawk, Sprague’s Pipit, Baird’s Sparrow, and Chestnut-collared Longspur. We’ll also see a variety of waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and many species whose breeding range is centered on the prairie pothole region including Sharp-tailed Grouse, American White Pelican, Marbled Godwit, Wilson’s Phalarope, Swainson’s Hawk, and Dickcissel.

Remnant patches of native prairie have an amazing array of wildflowers, and there are interesting butterflies and mammals to see as well. Places we may visit include Horsehead Lake, Long Lake NWR, Lostwood NWR, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands. Tour starts and ends in Bismarck.

Pace, Weather, and Travel Conditions:

This tour has been given an activity level of Moderate. It is considered a more active tour with daily intermediate to long-distance walking, including uneven terrain and hills. Potential for unseasonably hot or cold weather.

Those with physical limitations should take these factors into consideration, or contact the tour leader for details.

Our days in the field will usually begin about 7:00 a.m. and will end about 6:00 p.m. On most days lunches will be in the field (we have coolers for cold food and drinks), and we will provide ample opportunity to get them before the day begins.

The trip involves easy-to-moderate walking over flat and somewhat hilly terrain.

Temperatures will be warm to hot (and dry), though early morning and evening may be cool. Expect a temperature range from approximately 50-90 degrees F. Rain or thunderstorms are a possibility, so rain gear is advised. The sun is very strong, especially at this time of year, so sunscreen and a brimmed hat are advised. Biting insects such as mosquitoes may be present at several locations.

Dates:

Friday July 6, 2018 (meet at our hotel in Bismarck at 6:30 pm) to Saturday July 14, 2018 (flights home anytime)

Tour Size:

Travel during this tour will be in vans, with no more than 6 participants plus a leader in one van. Tour size is limited to 12 participants.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

PRICE

Cost for this tour is TBA, but estimated at $2099/person based on double occupancy

Single supplement about $375.

A deposit of $500 will hold your place until May 1, 2018 when full payment becomes due.

Price Includes:

Motel accommodations for 8 nights, tour leadership, ground transportation while in North Dakota, and entrance fees to all areas on the itinerary. It does not include meals or airfare to/from Bismarck.

Send Deposits and Other Payments To:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Rene’ Buccinna
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon

OR

Phone 609-400-3852

TOUR LEADERS

Scott Barnes:

Scott Barnes is Bird Programs Director for NJ Audubon’s “All Things Birds” and Assistant Director of Eco-Travel. He has led birding trips to the Adirondacks and Delmarva regions for over 15 years.

Linda Mack:

Linda Mack is an Associate Naturalist, Eco-Tour leader, and board member with NJ Audubon. Linda also has many years experience birding New York, Delaware and Virginia.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Get ready to leave the noise and bustle of everyday life behind as we venture to this picturesque and serene island off the coast of Maine! Its remote location 12 miles offshore and diverse habitats help to make Monhegan one of the top migrant “traps” on the East Coast. Our time will be filled observing some of the incredible array of birds that reside on or visit this island, such as flycatchers, thrushes, vireos, warblers (over 20 species possible), sparrows, finches, and blackbirds.

We will scan the ocean waves for waterfowl, alcids, shearwaters, jaegers, and other seabirds, while raptors pass by in their search for prey on the island. The list of possibilities reads like a checklist, and we’ll search for species such as Northern Gannet, Great Cormorant, Black Guillemot, Manx Shearwater, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Black-legged Kittiwake, Parasitic Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Philadelphia Vireo, Connecticut Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Clay-colored Sparrow, and many more!! Regularly sighted vagrants include Western Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Dickcissel, Lark Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Blue Grosbeak, and more. Monhegan has also hosted a stunning list of rarities, topped by the likes of Magnificent Frigatebird, Bridled Tern, Swallow-tailed Kite, Say’s Phoebe, White-winged Dove, Northern Wheatear, Lazuli Bunting, and Lark Bunting!

We will be leaving our vehicles on the mainland and soaking it all in while covering some of the many trails on this small and peaceful island (only 1.7 miles long and .5 miles wide), which includes a fresh water ice pond, nine acre meadow, and the tallest cliffs on the eastern seaboard (180’). Wonderful birding, breathtaking scenery, and an enchanting atmosphere – Monhegan has it all!

The tour starts/ends in Port Clyde, Maine. Besides the spectacular birding, coastal Maine has a natural beauty beyond compare. Monhegan itself has a quaint fishing village and artist’s retreat, with several shops and galleries; it is a favorite tourist day-trip destination in the summer. Maine is also famous for its historical lighthouses, one of which is located right on the island. This tour will truly be a memorable coastal experience!

Dates:

Saturday, September 15 to Thursday, September 20

Activity Level:

MODERATE

Tour Size:

This tour is limited to 10  participants.

Pace, Weather and Travel Conditions:

This tour has been given an activity level of Moderate. It is considered a more active tour with daily intermediate to long-distance walking, usually on flat, smooth terrain. It also involves a water crossing over open ocean, with the possibility of rough seas.

Those with physical limitations should take these factors into consideration, or contact the tour leader for details.

The focus of the tour will be birds and scenery, but we will have time for other wildlife, botany, and photography. There is no ground transportation, as we will be walking throughout the tour. All accommodations are at a single inn. Expect a warm to cool climate, depending on current weather systems, with daily high temperatures usually in the 60s and lows in the mid to upper 40s.

The pace is relaxed, with some hikes of one-two miles on easy to moderate terrain (some woodland trails with exposed roots and uneven ground).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, accommodations, lists of things to bring, a reading list, further information about weather, dress, and so forth, will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

PRICE

$1795 based on double occupancy

$580 single supplement (payable if you request single occupancy or if we can not find you a suitable roommate).

A deposit of $500 will hold your place until July 15, 2018 when full payment becomes due.

Price Does Not Include:

Transportation to/from Port Clyde is not included.

For those flying into Portland, there are several options to travel to Port Clyde. For those driving to Port Clyde, safe parking is available at the dock for $7/day.

Price does not include alcoholic beverages, laundry, and items of a personal nature.

Price Includes:

Professional guide services are included for the duration of the tour.

This tour also includes five nights of seaside accommodations at a charming inn. Each room has a private bath. All rooms are furnished with one queen or king bed. Smoking is not permitted inside the building.

Dinner at two of the fine local restaurants is provided (Saturday and Wednesday), as well as a buffet breakfast each morning.

All other meals are the responsibility of the individual tour participants.

The cost of the ferry crossing is included.

Send Deposits and Payments To:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 400-3852

Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon

OR

By email to travel@njaudubon.org

TOUR LEADER

Brett Ewald:

Brett is the Program Director of New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, facilitating the appreciation and understanding of birds and nature through their full schedule of walks, workshops, presentations, and research. He has been enthralled with birds for over 35 years, specializing in migration and distribution patterns, including as Director of the Hamlin Beach Lakewatch for Braddock Bay Raptor Research in New York.

These endeavors have taken him from the mountains of New Mexico to the beaches of New Jersey — including a stint (no pun intended) as the Cape May hawkwatch counter in 1990.

For sixteen years, Brett was the owner and guide for Lakeshore Nature Tours, focusing on the birdlife of North America at the premier destinations, from the Arctic Ocean in Alaska to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Brett currently resides in Cape May and shares his favorite moments with his wife, Sheryl, and their energetic companion, Neah Bay, a Treeing Walker Coonhound.

Brett looks forward to putting his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to work for you.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Peninsular configuration, small coastal resort town, lighthouse and gardens, nearby seawatch, songbird migration, raptor migration, all the while backed up by quality marshes, meadows, mudflats, pastoral farmlands and forests. Scenic beaches and seacoast.

Add to all of this great accommodations and wonderful food, excellent ornithologists and bird guides.

Sound familiar? The similarities between Cape May and Falsterbo and Öland cannot be understated — only the birds are different — ALL the birds!

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, accommodations, lists of things to bring, a reading list, further information about weather, dress, and so forth, will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

Pace, Weather and Travel Conditions:

This tour has been given an activity level of Moderate. It is considered a more active tour with daily intermediate to long-distance walking, usually on flat, smooth terrain.

Those with physical limitations should take these factors into consideration, or contact the tour leader for details.

If you love watching the migration unfold here on the Jersey Cape, you will absolutely love the migration of Eurasian birds in Southern Sweden, especially when we’re there at peak migration.

Dates:

Wednesday, September 26 to Monday, October 8, 2018

Activity Level:

MODERATE

Tour Size:

This tour is limited to 10 – 12 participants.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Join CMBO Director David La Puma and long-time Cape May native son and raptor aficionado Clay Sutton for two weeks enjoying one of the great migrations in Europe at Falsterbo and Öland, Sweden. David has twice been to Falsterbo, and Clay has led two bird tours there. We will be joined by staff from both Falsterbo and Ottenby bird observatories during our tour, as well.

We have chosen these dates to coincide with the peak of raptor migration, the peak of waterfowl migration, and the late season peak of finch and tit movements (not to mention many thousands of Wood Pigeons). But also like Cape May, even if the weather is not conducive to migration, there are always plenty of places to go and plenty of birds to see. In typical migration-mode, we will spend our days birding the best locations given the conditions, but will be sure to spend plenty of time at the “tip” at Nabben, visiting the bird observatory banding operations to see many species in-the-hand, at The Heath, the famous raptor migration watch point, and scouring the meadows and estuaries for both the expected and unexpected. The theme of the trip will be a celebration of migration, and of the shared focus and interests of our sister bird observatories.

DOCUMENTS

A current U.S. passport valid for 6 months beyond your travel dates is required.

PRICE

$5,100/person based on double occupancy.

$450 single supplement (payable if you request single occupancy or if we can not find you a suitable roommate).

A deposit of $500 will hold your place until June 1, 2018 when full payment becomes due.

Price Includes:

Transportation from your arrival in Copenhagen up to your departure from Copenhagen at the end of the tour; lodging; meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) beginning with dinner on arrival date and including breakfast on departure day; and all gratuities.

Price does not include:

International flights to/from Copenhagen, trip insurance. Price does not include alcoholic beverages, laundry, items of a personal nature, and anything not specifically mentioned as included.

Send Deposits and Payments To:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 400-3852

Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon

OR

By email to travel@njaudubon.org

TOUR LEADERS

David La Puma:

David La Puma is the director of New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May, New Jersey.

David began birding while attending Ithaca College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies in 1997. In 1998 David traveled to Costa Rica with A.

Carl Leopold, son of Aldo Leopold, and his wife Lynn, to work on a tropical forestry reforestation project. Those late-night conversations with Carl and Lynn on the back porch of the remote cabin they lived in provided the foundation for what would become David’s life-long pursuit of conservation-based research.

In 2010 David received his Doctorate from Rutgers University where he studied the conservation and management of the Federally Endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow in Everglades National Park. Since then David has held two postdoctoral positions with New Jersey Audubon and the University of Delaware, respectively, during which he used weather radar to map stopover habitat used by nocturnally migrating songbirds across the US.

During that time David spent two years as a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he fell in love with the Upper Midwest and especially enjoyed walking in the footsteps of John Muir and Aldo Leopold as well as the many current leaders in conservation and wildlife management.

Prior to joining the Cape May Bird Observatory David worked for Leica Sport Optics where he traveled the country giving presentations and leading field trips for thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts.

Clay Sutton:

Clay Sutton is a life-long resident of Cape May, where he has worked as an environmental planner, environmental program administrator, vice-president of an environmental consulting firm specializing in threatened and endangered species, and for the past two decades as a self-employed consultant, naturalist and field biologist.

Clay is a writer, lecturer, and has led numerous birding tours, not only to Ecuador, Venezuela and Mexico, but also to Spain and Falsterbo, Sweden (twice!).

Clay is a co-author, with Pete Dunne and David Sibley, of the classic Hawks in Flight (Houghton Mifflin, 1988), and Clay and his wife Pat have co-authored How to Spot Butterflies (1999), How to Spot Hawks & Eagles (1996), and How to Spot an Owl (1994), all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Their landmark book, Birds and Birding at Cape May (Stackpole Books, 2006, 568 pages), is the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the area that they so love. It is a complete guide to birds and birding for the Cape May region, covering what to see, when, where, and how to go, as well as the storied ornithological history of the Cape.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Birding, photography, fun and relaxation… all from our 150 foot deluxe riverboat!

The Peruvian Amazon offers amazing opportunities to see fantastic birds, mammals and other great wildlife. We will explore rivers, creeks and forest trails in search of all we can find. We will enjoy multiple excursions by motorized skiff each day, designed to reveal the incredible wildlife that calls the rainforest home and with any luck we’ll spot sloths, monkeys, toucans, macaws, pink dolphins and so much more! Our cruise will also include a couple afternoon lectures on birds, wildlife or photography.

The cuisine onboard is regional and provides a unique and delicious window into local culture. Gain a rare glimpse of how life ‘on the river‘ is lived and experience the magic of the Amazon on this once-in-a-lifetime riverboat adventure.

A host of leaders for your trip will include Kevin Loughlin, bird photographer and owner of Wildside; Edison Buenaño, South America’s top birding guide; Dale Rosselet, New Jersey Audubon’s VP of Education and author/photographer/birder, Kevin Karlson… plus two local naturalist guides.

Pace, Weather and Travel Conditions:

The pace of this tour is easy to moderate. Most birding will be done from motorized skiffs although there will be some walking on rainforest trails which will be uneven and perhaps muddy. Participants must be able to get into and out of small skiffs. Weather will be warm to hot and humid.

Dates:

February 16 to 24, 2019. Tour starts and ends in Lima.
Pre-trip to Lomas De Lachay February 15 to 16, 2019 (optional)
Post-trip to Machu Picchu Ruins 24 to March 2, 2019 (optional)

Activity Level:

EASY TO MODERATE

Tour Size:

This tour is limited to 24 participants

DOCUMENTS

A current U.S. passport valid for 6 months beyond your travel dates is required.

PRICE

Cost from $5500 per person, double occupancy, from Lima, Peru

  • Standard Cabin per person $5500, double occupancy
  • Suite per person $5750, double occupancy

Price based on double occupancy. If a single standard cabin is preferred, we have two single cabins available:

  • Small single cabin with twin bed: $7000
  • Medium single cabin with double bed and small balcony: $7500

Price Includes:

All lodging, meals, guide fees, ground transportation, local flights (LIMA-IQUITOS-LIMA) airport transfers and even laundry on riverboat!

Price does not include:

International airfare, passport fees, visa fees, airport taxes, phone calls, alcoholic or bottled beverages, or anything of a personal nature or not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.

FEBRUARY 15-16: OPTIONAL DAY TRIP TO LOMAS DE LACHAY AVAILABLE
(Arrival on February 15 with day trip on February 16):

$400 per person, includes meals and added hotel night (shared cost — single room add $80).

Send Deposits and Payments To:

All arrangements are made through Wildside Nature Tours. For more information, or to register, please contact Wildside Nature Tours by phone at 888-875-9453.

Please be sure you let Wildside staff know that you learned about this tour thru NJ Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory. Or, click here for details, including itinerary, on this tour.

For More Information About NJ Audubon’s Eco-Travel Program, Contact:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

(609)-861-1608 x13
or
email travel@njaudubon.org.

TOUR LEADERS

Dale Rosselet:

Dale has been with New Jersey Audubon since 1983. She has worked in the education department as teacher naturalist, director of education, and currently is New Jersey Audubon’s Vice-president for Education. Dale is a New Jersey native, having grown up near the Great Swamp in northern New Jersey, and currently resides with her husband, noted photographer Kevin T. Karlson, in Cape May County.

She has been leading domestic and foreign tours for New Jersey Audubon for the last 25 years. Domestic tours led include South Florida and the Dry Tortugas, Texas (Rio Grande Valley and Big Bend area), Washington State, and Montana. She has also led tours to Churchill and Manitoba, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico.

In addition to the above, Dale is co-author of the NJ Audubon’s teacher education curriculum guides; Bridges to the Natural World, New Jersey WATERS: Watershed Approach to Teaching the Ecology of Regional Systems, and Wild Journeys: Migration in New Jersey.

Kevin Loughlin:

Kevin Loughlin was raised to appreciate nature while exploring the woodlands of Pennsylvania as a child. At age six, during a family trip through the American West, Kevin became fascinated with photography as well seeing the new and different birds throughout North America. Instilled with a love for travel and seeking new, exciting destinations he felt a desire to share his experiences with others and in 1993 Wildside Nature Tours was founded.

Kevin’s photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as Nature Photographer, WildBird, Audubon and Philadelphia Magazines, as well as the National Geographic web site and many natural history books.

Kevin teaches beginning birding and beginning nature photography classes through several adult education venues as well as through seminars and workshops for groups, organizations and schools. Kevin also founded the PA Young Birder’s Club, sharing his love of nature while inspiring kids to get outside.

Kevin has a knack for tailoring each trip to the group’s desires to be sure everyone has a fun and memorable experience!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Portugal possesses a fantastic diversity of habitats in a relatively small area, so it is easy to visit species-rich areas without the need to travel long distances. Couple this with spring migration and you have a winning combination of birdwatching, nature exploration with great scenery and history. Our explorations will be coordinated through Birds & Nature Tours Portugal, the country’s premier tour company.

We will visit the Tagus Estuary and the Sado Estuary Nature Reserves. These two remarkable protected wetland areas have extensive bird lists that include Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco and Purple Herons, Black-winged Kite, Little Bustard, Collared Pratincole, Iberian Grey Shrike and Spotless Starling, and an excellent selection of ducks, waders, gulls and terns. The Alentejo region will be next on the itinerary with time spent on the rolling plains of Castro Verde (the home of Great Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, European Roller, Calandra Lark, Rufous Bush Robin, Black-eared Wheatear, etc…) and the bluffs and hills of the Guadiana Valley Nature Park, noted for species like Iberian Imperial, Golden and Bonelli’s Eagles, Eurasian Black and Griffon Vultures, Black Stork, Eurasian Eagle Owl, White-rumped Swift, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting.

We will also go to the Algarve, a Portuguese region rich in protected wetland areas situated on a major fly-way for migrants from Africa and notable in particular for waders and passerines. Some of the places you will visit, namely the Ria Formosa Nature Park and the Castro Marim Nature Reserve, are unique in Portugal as sites for rare and highly localized species, like Audouin’s and Slender-billed Gulls and Lesser Short-toed Lark.

While birds and birdwatching will be the focus of the tour, we will also take opportunities to learn about Portugal’s biomes and nature as well as visit several cultural sites to get a sense of the country’s history.

DATES:

Tuesday April 17, 2018 to Thursday April 26, 2018 (flights home on April 27)

ACTIVITY LEVEL:

EASY TO MODERATE

TOUR SIZE:

Tour size is limited to 12 participants.

PACE, WEATHER AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS

Portugal’s weather in April is normally very pleasant (60-80 degrees F) with clear skies, but of course it is possible to have rain so being prepared with both sun protection and rain gear will be necessary.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

NOTE:

Flights from the eastern US normally leave at night and arrive in the morning; it is highly recommended that you fly to Lisbon on April 15th, arriving in Lisbon the morning of April 16th. There will be an optional city tour on that day. Lodging on April 16th is included in the price (meals on your own).

PRICE:

Cost for this tour is $4,295 per person based on double occupancy.

Single supplement (if you request single occupancy, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you) is $550.

A deposit of $500 will hold your place until December 16, 2017 when full payment becomes due.

Price Includes:

Price includes guide fees, airport transfers, ground transport (in a bus with driver), boat trip at Olhão, accommodations (including breakfast), meals (lunches in local cafes and dinners in local restaurants – including wine), free use of optical equipment (quality binoculars and telescopes) and field guides, entrance fees to private or protected areas, participant’s accident insurance and VAT.

Price does not include airfare to/from Lisbon, or items of a personal nature.

TOUR LEADERS:

Dale Rosselet:

Dale Rosselet is NJ Audubon’s Vice President for Education and oversees the organization’s education programs, center operations and eco-travel program. She has extensive experience leading field trips and conducting workshops and has led eco-tours for NJ Audubon for over 20 years. Dale is a New Jersey native, having grown up near the Great Swamp in northern New Jersey and now resides in Cape May County. She has led domestic tours to South Florida and the Dry Tortugas, Texas (Rio Grande Valley and Big Bend area), Washington State, Montana and New Mexico. She has also led tours to Mexico, Churchill and Manitoba, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. In addition to tours for NJ Audubon, she has done extensive traveling throughout the Caribbean and Central America, and birded in Israel and Kenya.

Dale has co-authored several NJ Audubon publications including Wild Journeys: Migration in New Jersey and two teacher education curriculum guides Bridges to the Natural World and New Jersey WATERS: Watershed Approach to Teaching the Ecology of Regional Systems. She co-authored, with her husband Kevin Karlson, Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015).

João Jara:

João Jara was born in Lisbon and studied biology at the Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, where he developed his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry as senior manager and director of various multinational companies. With more than 30 years of field experience, João has extensive knowledge about birding in Portugal.

He was a member of the board of SPEA (Birdlife in Portugal), a voting member of the PRC (Portuguese Rarities Committee) from 2005–2011, and chairman of the PRC from 2007–2011.

Author and co-author of articles about birds, João has led many field tours in Portugal and abroad, as well as bird identification courses for SPEA and for his own birding tours company, Birds & Nature Tours Portugal, which he launched in 2008. Besides birds, he has an active special interest in amphibians, reptiles, and fishes. João is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

DOCUMENTS:

A current U.S. passport valid for 6 months beyond your travel dates is required.

SEND DEPOSITS AND PAYMENT TO:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 400-3852

Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon

OR

By email to travel@njaudubon.org

Join Scott Barnes and Linda Mack for a long weekend of great winter birding. It may be cold, but some of the hottest winter birding in the eastern US in early winter is centered around northeastern Massachusetts.  From our base in Amesbury, Massachusetts, we’ll visit a variety of coastal areas where scoters, eiders, loons, “white-winged” gulls, Razorbills, and raptors are found, while enjoying the quintessential rocky coastlines and scenic harbors emblematic of New England.  In some years, the birding is spiced with an unexpected alcid or two, higher than normal numbers of Rough-legged Hawks, or owls, or Northern Shrikes. We;ll keep our ears open for special rarities inthis well-covered area where unusual birds are often found.

PACE, WEATHER, AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS:

Our days in the field usually begin about 7:00 a.m. and will end about 6:00 p.m. The trips involve easy walking on flat ground and some moderately strenuous hikes on hilly terrain, depending on the habitat focus of the tour.

DATES:

February 16 to 19, 2018 

TOUR SIZE:

Travel during these tours will be in vans, with no more than 7 participants plus a leader in one “12 person” van. Tour size is limited to 12 participants.
All weekend getaways include transportation by van from New Jersey.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

PRICE:

The price for the four-day/three night weekend is $599 per person, based on double occupancy.

Single supplement (if you request single occupancy, or we are unable to locate a suitable roommate for you) is $109.

A deposit of $50, along with a completed registration form, will secure your space.
Final payment is due 30 days prior to departure date. See individual tour descriptions above for details on each tour.

PRICE INCLUDES:

Round trip van transportation from Bernardsville, NJ to Amesbury, Massachusetts, three nights’ accommodations, tour leadership and entrance fees.

TOUR LEADERS:

Scott Barnes:

Scott Barnes is Bird Programs Director for NJ Audubon’s “All Things Birds” and Assistant Director of Eco-Travel. He has led birding trips to the Adirondacks and Delmarva regions for over 15 years.

Linda Mack:

Linda Mack is an Associate Naturalist, Eco-Tour leader, and board member with NJ Audubon. Linda also has many years experience birding New York, Delaware and Virginia.

If you have specific questions about the weekend van tour itineraries, please contact Scott Barnes directly at Plainsboro Preserve, 609-897-9400, or by email at scott.barnes@njaudubon.org

SEND DEPOSITS & OTHER PAYMENTS TO:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon

OR

by email to travel@njaudubon.org

Activity Levels Defined

Be Prepared!

In addition to being properly prepared for the trip in terms of attire and optical equipment, for maximum enjoyment of any Eco-Travel tour, you should be properly prepared for the activity level of the tour. We have developed the following logos and descriptions for use to define the activity level of each of our tours. Please make sure your tour selection matches your expectations in terms of daily activity. For instance, if you are a recreational birder who enjoys short walks, or are not capable of hiking, then a tour listed as “Moderate” or “Active” is not for you. However, if you enjoy long hikes in more remote areas, then you should focus on our “Active” tours. In all cases, please contact us if you have any questions regarding the activity level for any tour.

Easy:

A relaxed tour with low activity. Daily walks include walking relatively short distances over level terrain or paved walkways. Tour involves mostly van travel, with stops at various sites. Minimal steps. Free time to relax between morning and afternoon outings.

Moderate:

A more active tour with daily intermediate- to long-distance walking on sloping or uneven terrain, and/or climbing stairs. Includes several long field days, with many lunches in the field. Those with physical limitations should take this into consideration, or contact the tour leader for details.

Active:

An intensive tour with long-distance, sometimes strenuous hiking most days. Participants should be physically fit.

Eco-Travel Policies

Be sure to read and understand the following New Jersey Audubon Society Eco-Travel Policies before booking a trip with us.

Click Here to download our policy document in PDF format.

PARTICIPATION

Participants in NJ Audubon Eco-travel are expected to understand and accept the conditions covering tour price, refund policy, responsibility, and terms as outlined in the tour information. By registering, participants affirm that they have read the itinerary and are in general good health and are physically able to keep up with the group in the ordinary course of field activities. Participants accept as their personal risk the hazards of participation inherent in field activities, and will not hold the New Jersey Audubon Society or its tour leaders responsible for same.

NJ Audubon reserves the right, at the sole discretion of the tour leader, to ask a participant to leave any group trip at their own expense, if, in the leader’s judgment, that person’s continued participation is detrimental to the overall quality of the tour, to other trip members or to the individual. In such a case, NJ Audubons’ liability would be limited to costs recoverable, if any, by NJ Audubon from vendors and tour operators of unused portions of the tour. We reserve the right to decline the registration of any individual whose previous conduct on a NJ Audubon program has been deemed detrimental.

Minors (children under the age of 18) are welcome as participants on some (not all) of our tours. Minor participants must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please confirm suitability of the tour for minors with the tour leader before registering.

REGISTRATION

To register for a specific tour, to request detailed itineraries for specific tours, or for additional information, contact:

NJ Audubon ECO-TRAVEL
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609) 861-1608 x13 phone
(609) 861-1651 fax
E-mail: travel@njaudubon.org

Click Here to download the Registration Form in fillable PDF format.

Click here to download the Registration Form as a fillable word document

A registration form must be completed in full and signed by the participant (s) for all tours.

All tours require a $500 deposit on registration, with the balance due 60 days prior to the start of the tour for domestic tours, unless otherwise noted in the tour information. For foreign tours, refer to the individual tour information.

PAYMENT

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, personal check, traveler’s check, or cash as payment for tours.

PROGRAM COST EXCLUDES

The following items are not included in the tour price unless specifically stated in the tour itinerary: Airfare to and from departure city, passports, visas, departure taxes, immunizations, excess baggage charges, optional excursions, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, laundry, room service, snacks and anything of a purely personal nature, excursions deviating from the scheduled tour, gratuities to non NJ Audubon employees (bus drivers, local guides, tour operators, lodge staff etc.). NJ Audubon employees are unable to accept gratuities.

TERMS

The New Jersey Audubon Society reserves the right to alter itinerary or arrangements, if necessary, without penalty; and to prorate any increases or decreases in trip price caused by such alterations; and to cancel the tour at any time prior to departure, with full refund as settlement to tour participants.

REFUNDS FOR DOMESTIC TOURS

For cancellations more than 60 days before the starting date of the trip, deposits will be returned less a $50.00 service charge. Cancellations made 60 days or less before the starting date of the trip will be charged $250.00, unless the space can be filled (in which case the $50.00 service charge would apply). However, if cancellations made less than 60 days before the start of the tour take place after hotels and vans have been booked and other services contracted for, hotel, van rental and other service policies will determine what portion, if any, of payments are recoverable. No refunds will be made to no-shows or for any unused portion of the tour, unless arranged prior to departure date.
Deposits transferred from tour to tour are subject to service charge schedule for cancellations and are conditional upon available space for tours.
All cancellations must be in writing and are presumed final.

FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURS

Refer to the individual tour information.

IN CASE OF CANCELLATION OF A TRIP BY NJ Audubon

Rarely, NJ Audubon Eco-travel programs must be cancelled by us due to insufficient registration or other reasons.
We make every effort to avoid this situation. If a trip is in danger of being cancelled, we will notify any participants of that fact two weeks prior to the date final payment for the trip is due (for most trips this would be 10 weeks prior to the trip). The final decision to cancel a trip will be made not less than 4 weeks before the departure date.

If NJ Audubon cancels a trip, and has notified participants of the potential cancellation 10 weeks prior to departure, and notifies participants of final cancellation four or more weeks before scheduled departure, our liability is restricted to refunding in full any deposits or payments that have been made to NJ Audubon for the trip.

AIR TRAVEL

Tour participants are required to make arrangements for their own air travel unless this is covered by the tour price. Please do not purchase non-refundable air tickets until assured that the trip will run as planned. We recommend purchasing travel insurance and/or deferring the purchase of airline tickets until the date final payment is due (normally 60 days prior to departure), at which time it will be known whether the trip will run or is in danger of cancellation.

RESPONSIBILITY

New Jersey Audubon, as tour operator, does not act as an agent for any person or firm providing transportation, accommodations, or services on the tour; and the Society accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, expense, injury or claim arising from any defect in any vehicle, conveyance, or accommodation provided by any such person or firm. Neither shall New Jersey Audubon be held responsible for any loss or delay caused by changes in transportation services, strikes, illness, weather, or other cause. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance.

Click Here to download our policy document in PDF format.