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South Florida: Spring Migrants and Specialties 
April 16-23, 2020 
6 Participants   -   7 nights

The end of April is a fantastic time to visit south Florida. Neotropical migrants are begining their journey north and the specialty birds of Florida are on their breeding grounds. Brilliantly colored birds seem to be everywhere and we will seek out as many was we can. Terns and gulls, waders and rails, doves and pigeons, hawks and kites, parrots and anis, the variety is astounding and the sheer numbers of birds can be too. 

This tour will take us from the coast to the interior pinewoods and prairies of southern Florida and into the sea of grass and swamps of the Everglades National Park. Depending on assessment and recovery plans a day trip into the Florida Keys would also be on this itinerary before our day trip to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas National Park.  

This trip begins and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

We will visit the areas of Loxahatchee NWR, Miami, Kendall, The Everglades, Corkscrew Swamp, Marco Island, Tigertail Beach, J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR, the Florida Keys, Fort Zachary Taylor and Dry Tortugas NP.

A sampling of species that will be on our target list including:

  • Anhinga

  • White Ibis

  • Roseate Spoonbill

  • Wood Stork

  • Magnificent Frigatebird

  • Sooty Tern

  • Bridled Tern

  • Brown Noddy

  • Swallow-tailed Kite

  • Snail Kite

  • Short-tailed Hawk

  • Gray-headed Swamphen

  • Limpkin

  • Wilson's Plover

  • Royal Tern

  • Monk Parakeet

  • Nanday Parakeet 

  • White-winged Parakeet

  • Smooth-billed Ani

  • Burrowing Owl

  • Red-cockaded Woodpecker

  • Florida Scrub-Jay

  • Fish Crow

  • Red-whiskered Bulbul

  • Bachman's Sparrow

  • Spot-breasted Oriole

​Many other birds, butterflies, fish, reptiles and mammals will also be seen along your route. 

This trip will start on April 16, 2020. Please make arrangements to be in Fort Lauderdale no later than 3PM. We will do some afternoon birding for specialty species after everyone is picked up from the airport before having dinner.

All accommodations will have a continental breakfast, lunch stops will be along our route (some of these may be grab and go or fast food) and dinners will be at restaurants near our lodging. Breakfast and lunch is provided on the                 Yankee Freedom ferry to the Dry Tortugas. 

Water and snacks are provided in the van if needed.

Some evenings may have an after dinner portion of the trip for those interested. Antillean Nighthawks in the Keys and a night drive into The Everglades for Chuck-wills Widow, rails and owls are optional for all members of the group. 

 

Accommodations are for double occupancy. A single supplement cost is added for anyone without a roommate or those that prefer a single room. 

This trip will consist of multiple hotel changes to different parts of the state. 

All ground transportation, guide services, accommodations, entrance fees, tolls, snacks and water, ferry service and admission, ferry breakfast and lunch, continental breakfast at hotel, a custom designed trip T-shirt, specialty field notes checklist and group photo are included. 

Each participant is responsible for their own meals, adult beverages, gratuities and airfare to and from Fort Lauderdale. Arrival by 3pm 4/16/20. Schedule your return flight for 4/23/20 after 8am.  

 

Cost of this trip: $1,985.00

​Single Supplement: $650.00

Reservations Begin October 31 on a first come, first served basis.

A deposit of 400.00 is due before January 15, 2020.

Final payment is due March 10, 2020.