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MONTAUK WINTER WEEKEND: SEALS, SURF, AND SEABIRDS
 
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MONTAUK WINTER WEEKEND: SEALS, SURF, AND SEABIRDS
Friday, January 11-Sunday, January 13
Guide: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society
Spend a weekend at the luxurious Manor House during the peak winter birding time at Montauk Point. See seals, scoters, loons, eiders, goldeneye, and much more. Includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, 5 guided hikes, 2 evening programs, a star watch, and free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. For reservations and details, contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . $395 ($130 single supplement)

 

 
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WINTER WATERFOWL WEEKEND AT MONTAUK
Saturday, January 26, 9am-Sunday, January 27, 7pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
The gatherings of sea ducks around Montauk Point are the largest winter concentrations in New York State; the Audubon Christmas Bird Count at Montauk Point consistently tallies from 125 to 135 species, one of the best totals in the Northeast. Species that come to feed on the Point’s rich kelp and mussel beds include Common and Red-throated Loon, Common Eider, all three scoter species, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Great Cormorant, and Red-breasted Merganser. Harlequin Duck and King Eider also occur here regularly during the winter. Accomodations at Daunt's Albatross in Montauk and transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $295 ($55 single supplement)

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BIRDING SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE EVERGLADES
Sunday, February 24 - Sunday March 3
Guide: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society
Travel by van and visit many great birding and photography areas including the North and South Everglades, Sanibel Island, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Wetlands, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Okeeheelee Nature Center, and several state parks. See Burrowing Owl, Purple Gallinule, Wood Stork, Painted Bunting, Limpkin, Barred Owl, herons, egrets, ibis, and many more resident and wintering birds—plus alligators of course. Trip begins and ends at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport. Registration includes lodging, welcome dinner, breakfasts, lunch on road, van rental, and all guided walks and park fees. Airfare and other dinners not included. For more information, contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Limited to 10. $1,875 ($250 is tax deductible, $840 single supplement)

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DOWN EAST MAINE & ACADIA: A Birder's Paradise
Saturday, May 25 - Sunday June 2
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Come along with NYC Audubon to explore Maine's “Country of the Pointed Firs”: a land of lighthouses, quaint villages, and lobster pounds . . . all nestled in a setting of primeval pine forests, bogs, and bucolic islands. Home to some of the East’s last true wilderness, Maine hosts populations of Atlantic Puffins, bears, moose, shorebirds, and dozens of warbler species. This land of forests and rocky coast has been an inspiration to artists and naturalists for generations.

This year we're offering our rugged Down East itinerary, visiting the "real Maine" from Acadia National Park up to the Canadian border. We will also participate in the 21st annual Acadian Birding Festival.

We’ll begin our exploration in Bangor, visiting forests and a bog trail before heading to the fishing village of Lubec, the easternmost town in the U.S. We will take hikes in search of boreal specialties such as Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, and breeding warblers and other songbirds of the boreal forests. Following our exploration of the mainland, we’ll take a chartered boat to Machias Seal Island, home to the largest nesting colony of Atlantic Puffins in the U.S., with over 5,000 breeding there, alongside Razorbills, murres, and other seabirds. We will land on the island and closely observe the puffins and other species from bird blinds, alongside the biologists who live and work there. While on the water, we'll keep our eyes open for whales and porpoises. 

After thoroughly exploring this rugged Down East region, we will head down the coast to the world-famous Acadia National Park, a true national treasure of forests, rocky coasts, and mountains. We will participate in the Acadian Bird festival, with keynote speakers Doug Hitchcox, Raymond VanBuskirk, & Abby McBride, and hikes to local birding locales. Itinerary may be subject to change. $2,100 ($380 single supplement)

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