Southern Florida is home to an amazing population of birdlife not found anywhere else in North America. In April, migrants make landfall from their southern wintering grounds and join nesting resident birds. The parks and preserves we will visit are well known and are as interesting as the birdlife including Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and National Key Deer Refuge. Take a boat to Dry Tortugas National Park, located 68 miles west of Key West. This exciting area is where exhausted neomigrants land to rest after crossing the Gulf of Mexico. At Everglades National Park, take a tram ride through Shark Valley's expansive sawgrass marsh and photograph nearby wading birds and alligators. Southern Florida has an incredible diversity of habitats including slash pine wood flats, home to the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker and mangrove-fringed tidal lagoons where Mangrove Cuckoos call. Mudflats and coastal dunes are foraging sights for large numbers of shorebirds including Wilson's and Snowy plovers and a variety of ibis, herons, and egrets. During our 2016 trip we observed 147 bird species including Snail Kite, Burrowing Owl, White-crowned Pigeon, and Limpkin.
Register before November 1 and save $100. A $150 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit is required upon registration. This trip will be limited to 10 participants. We keep our groups small to ensure the best and most comfortable experience possible. Cost is for double occupancy. A single-room supplement is available for $500. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-887-9264. Final payment is due March 18. Cancellations made within 30 days of departure cannot be refunded or credited unless we can fill your space. Please do not make your flight arrangements until you have checked with the trip leaders.