UPCOMING TOUR SCHEDULE
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MONTANA with the Illinois Ornithological Society. Trip full. June 20-25, 2019. Price $1895 from Bozeman. Breeding birds of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains in a beautiful setting, including Yellowstone National Park. Maximum 14 participants. Guides: Adam Sell and Josh Engel.
Cassia Crossbill Extension. June 25-28. $880. Guide: Adam Sell.
NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA. Trip full. July 14-31, 2019. The splendor of the deserts of Southwest Africa with incredible birds, wildlife, and scenery, while staying in top-class hotels. Guide: Josh Engel.
Illinois River Valley (Emiquon and Lake Chautauqua) with Illinois Audubon Society. Confirmed departure. September 6-8, 2019. Price $490. A great opportunity to learn about shorebird identification and see many fall migrants. Must be an IAS member. Maximum 10 participants. Guide: Josh Engel.
CHICAGO: Fall Migration and Architecture. September 19-23, 2019. $1595. Witness the peak of fall migration on the Chicago Lakefront with two afternoon architectural tours with expert guides, all while sampling Chicago's food scene during a beautiful time of year. Maximum 7 participants.
CAPE MAY Migration Madness. Confirmed departure. Space available. September 24-29, 2019. Price $1895. Maximum 7 participants. The best of East Coast fall migration in the best outdoor classroom possible. Guide: Jason Weckstein.
BRAZIL: Pantanal and Cerrado with the Evanston North-Shore Bird Club. October 2-12, 2019. $4940 from Cuiabá. Confirmed departure. Space available. Birds and mammals (including Jaguar!) at the end of the dry season in one of the world's great wetlands, plus endemic birds of the Cerrado.
IGUASSU FALLS EXTENSION. October 12-15, 2019. $1600 from Foz do Iguaçu. Confirmed departure. Space available. Three nights to enjoy the falls and the area's birds, with a full day on both the Brazil and Argentina sides of the great falls.
MADAGASCAR: The Island Continent. Nov 23 - Dec 8, 2019. $7390*. Trip full. A trip to Madagascar is one of the world’s ultimate wildlife experiences, with six endemic families of birds (we should see all six) and an incredible array of other unique wildlife.
NORTHWEST DRY FOREST PRE-TRIP. 18-23 Nov, 2019. $2950*. See a variety of rare and endangered birds and animals that we can’t see on the main trip.
Sax-Zim Bog & Northeast MINNESOTA. Jan 30- Feb 3, 2020. Price $1595. Maximum 7 participants. Owls, finches, grouse, woodpeckers, and other boreal birds in a snowy winter wonderland.
CUBA: Endemics of the Caribbean's Biggest Island. Confirmed departure. February 6-17, 2020. From Miami. Price $4550. So tantalizingly close to the United States, yet seemingly so far away. We will look for all of Cuba’s endemic bird while enjoying the beauty, music, and culture of the island. Trip includes a full day at the end to enjoy and tour Havana. Guides: Freddy Garcia and Josh Engel.
CUBA and SOUTH FLORIDA can be combined; the night between tours and transport from Miami to Fort Myers are included for free if you sign up for both trips.
South FLORIDA in Winter with Illinois Audubon Society. Confirmed departure. February 18-24, 2020. IAS Member Price: $2250 (non-member price $2350). A bird-filled warm weather winter getaway, featuring birds like Florida Scrub-Jay, Snail Kite, and hordes of waders, wintering passerines, and Florida specialties. IAS membership is just $25. Maximum 14 participants. Guides: Josh Engel and Jacob Cooper.
TEXAS: Upper Texas Coast Migration with Illinois Audubon Society. April 16-21, 2020. IAS Member Price $1850 (non-member price $1950). Incredible migration and bird diversity in legendary hotspots along with piney woods specialties. IAS membership is just $25. Maximum 14 participants. Guides: Josh Engel and 2nd guide.
GET $150 OFF if you sign up for both 2020 Texas tours! A GREAT DEAL on GREAT BIRDING!
TEXAS: Hill Country and Big Bend. April 21-30, 2020. Price $3350. Central and West Texas specialties in beautiful landscapes during spring migration. Maximum 7 participants. Guide: Josh Engel.
Top birding lodges of PANAMA
June 22 - July 3, 2020. Canopy Tower and Canopy Camp (Central Lowlands and Darién). $4495. Maximum 10 participants. Extraordinary diversity at the best birding lodges in Panama, including Harpy Eagle in the remote Darién wilderness. Guide: Adam Sell and local guides.
July 3-7, 2020. Canopy Lodge (El Valle de Antón). $1995 ($150 discount with 6 or more participants). Maximum 10 participants. Cool foothill rainforest with great birding based at a stunning lodge. Guides: Adam Sell and local guides.
Southeast ARIZONA’s Second Spring with Illinois Audubon Society. July 24 - August 2, 2020. IAS Member Price: $3220 (non-member price $3340). Beautiful desert and mountain landscapes with a long list of birds that are found nowhere else north of the border. IAS membership is just $25. Maximum 14 participants. Guides: Josh Engel and Adam Sell.
CAPE MAY Migration Madness with the Evanston North Shore Bird Club. Confirmed departure. October 1-5. Price $1420. Maximum 14 participants. The best of East Coast fall migration in the best outdoor classroom possible. Guides: Josh Engel and Jason Weckstein.
The Best of SOUTH AFRICA. October 10-26, 2020. Price $5550. From the Cape's beauty and endemic birds to the megafauna-filled wilderness of Kruger National Park. Maximum 10 participants. Guides: Josh Engel and local guides.
BHUTAN: Birding under Buddha's Gaze. November 2-15, 2020. Price $5895. Birding in the Himalayas during the most beautiful time of year, with a healthy dose of Bhutanese culture. Unlike most Bhutan birding tours, we stay in hotels the whole trip (no camping). Guides: Josh Engel and Norbu.
South TEXAS: Birding the Borderlands. March 1-9, 2021. Price $2870. Birding the storied hotspots of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, from Whooping Cranes at Aransas to the borderlands along the Rio Grande. Guide: Josh Engel.