The Audubon Naturalist Society's Nature Travel Program offers exciting opportunities to search for wildlife and explore the wonders of nature in places outside the mid-Atlantic region. Group size is typically limited to 15 persons and many trips fill early. For more information call the Travel Desk at 301-652-9188 x10 or email email@example.com.
Here's just a sample of what ANS travelers are saying about their journeys!
"The leaders' respective and complementary strengths combined to make for an outstanding team."
"The trip was extremely well-run and organized. Our time was very efficiently used. Sites chosen were all very engaging and rich."
"I know from experience that ANS puts together very safe well-planned trips."
March 15-23, 2014
Leaders: Hal Wierenga & Stephanie Mason
Half a million migrating Sandhill Cranes gather along Nebraska’s Platte River each March in one of North America’s most impressive wildlife spectacles. Marvel at the abundance of these regal birds and discover a region that is surprisingly rich in bird life. East meets west in Nebraska, and we will search for birds representative of both realms. We will also watch courting Greater Prairie Chickens, see great flocks of migrating waterfowl, and prowl the prairies and sandhills in search of wintering raptors and other wildlife. Experience all the wonders of early spring in America’s heartland. Members' cost for the basic trip is $2100, double occupancy, from Lincoln. Limited to 12 persons.
April 8-18, 2014
Leaders: Mark Garland & Graham Johansson
Botswana is a stable, peaceful nation in southern Africa with great appeal to wildlife enthusiasts. Savannahs are home to zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, gazelles, and others – the classic guild of African wildlife – but Botswana has something special: the Okavango Delta. Here the African savannah meets the continent’s largest freshwater wetland, creating truly one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife viewing destinations. Our itinerary visits two different small lodges in the delta for maximum immersion into this spectacular ecosystem. We also offer an optional pre-trip extension to Cape Town, South Africa, and an optional post-trip extension to Victoria Falls, Zambia. Cost of the basic tour is $6995, double occupancy, from Johannesburg.
Southeastern Arizona is one of our country’s most biologically rich regions. At lower elevations the Sonoran Desert and the Chihuahuan Deserts meet, and the highlands mix some species of the Rocky Mountains with others of the Sierra Madre. There are many birds found in this region that aren’t regularly seen in any other part of the US, and there are also distinctive plants, reptiles, butterflies, and more. Search for birds and learn about this region’s ecological diversity with Mark England and local naturalists from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory.
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July 8-July 20, 2014
Leader: Mark Garland
The Alaska coastline is spectacularly beautiful and an extraordinarily rich wildlife community. If you love puffins and their cousins, this is the trip for you. Watch also for whales, seals, sea otters, and coastal wildlife and wildflowers. Our trip begins with a four-night stay at St. Paul, largest of the remote Pribilof Islands. Here cliffs are crowded with Horned and Tufted Puffins, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Least, Crested, and Parakeet Auklets, Red-faced Cormorants, Northern Fulmars, Red-legged Kittiwakes, and more. Rocky beaches are crowded with Northern Fur Seals. Back on the mainland visit Seward and Homer, enjoying boat tours at Kenai Fjords National Park and in Kachemak Bay. Members’ cost is $5300, double occupancy from Anchorage, which includes round trip air travel to St. Paul, all meals while at St. Paul, and two boat trips.
Enjoy fall migration at one of New England’s best-known migratory hotspots, Monhegan Island, located off the coast of central Maine. We spend three nights on Monhegan, watching for migratory songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, monarch butterflies and more. All travel on Monhegan is by foot, so this is the perfect trip for those who love to walk. The ferry ride to and from Monhegan crosses waters where shearwaters, alcids and marine mammals might be seen. Our trip also visits outstanding natural areas on the mainland. Members' cost is $1790, double occupancy from Portland, Maine.
Ecuador packs a tremendous diversity of habitat into a relatively small country. The nation straddles the equator in western South America. It’s a land of contrasts, from snow-capped volcanic peaks to lowlands that are part of the great Amazon basin, the world’s most extensive rainforest. Destinations include parks and natural areas along the crest of the Andes, partway down into the cloud forests of the western slopes, and a four nights at the legendary Napo Wildlife Center in the Amazon basin. Our goal is to see a great variety of birds and other wildlife while learning about tropical biology, ecology, and conservation. Our bird list will number in the hundreds, with perhaps dozens of hummingbirds and tanagers, and we will make a special effort to see some of Ecuador’s more spectacular species. Limited to 12 participants.
Future Destinations? Help Us Decide!
We currently offer about seven Nature Escapes each year, but there are dozens of great nature destinations we consider. Help us choose!
Call 301-652-9188 x10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your selection, and if we choose that destination you'll receive advanced notice and have an opportunity to register early. Current candidate destinations include:
- West Texas
- Galapagos Islands
- Southwestern deserts of Arizona and California