Overnight Trips

National Destinations

 

Down-Eastern Maine & Acadia: A Birder's Paradise


Friday, May 26 - Saturday, June 3
Guide: Gabriel Willow


Come along with NYC Audubon and 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 puffin, bear, 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 an entirely new itinerary, visiting the "real Maine" of Down-east, from Acadia National Park up to the Canadian border. We will also participate in two birding festivals, the 14th annual Down East Birding Festival and the 19th 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 US. We will participate in the Down East Birding Festival, joining them for lectures, 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 US, 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 Pete Dunne, Laura Erickson, and Luke Seitz, and hikes to local birding locales. $2,075 ($380 single supplement)

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For questions regarding the details of this trip, contact Gabriel Willow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 718-757-0782

*A deposit of $1,000 ($1,380 including single supplement) is due at the time of registration, payable by credit card or check. The remaining balance is due no later than the end of the business day on Friday, May 5.

 
 
Montauk Spring Weekend
 
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Friday, June 2-Sunday, June 4
Guides: Mike Bottini, Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society
Join us for our 20th year at the luxurious Montauk Manor and enjoy indoor/outdoor heated pools, jacuzzi, and spacious suites. Registration price includes five meals, five guided field trips, two evening slide programs, an evening star watch and free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. For information and reservations, call Don Riepe at (718) 474-0896 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . $395 ($140 single supplement)

 

 

Bashakill, Shawangunk NWR, and Doodletown, NY

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Saturday, June 10, 8am–Sunday, June 11, 6pm
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC


Look for breeding eastern meadowlarks, American bitterns, cerulean warblers, and more at these three great birding areas. An overnight stay will facilitate being in the right spot at the right time. Bring lunch for the first day, binoculars, and a spotting scope (if you have one). Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 10. $320 ($75 single supplement)

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Bashakill, Neversink, and Sterling Forest, NY

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Saturday, June 17, 8am–Sunday, June 18, 6pm
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC


Look for breeding American bitterns, cerulean, hooded, and golden-winged warblers, and more at these three great birding areas. An overnight stay will facilitate being in the right spot at the right time. Bring lunch for the first day, binoculars, and a spotting scope (if you have one). Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 10. $320 ($75 single supplement)

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BOREAL BIRDING IN THE ADIRONDACKS

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Friday, June 30, 8am- Monday, July 3, 8pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow


NYC Audubon is for the first time offering a trip to the Adirondack region, NY State's wildest country. The Adirondack Park's 6 million acres constitutes 1/3 of the land area in NY State - the Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined! Within its boundaries are vast forests (ranging from deciduous to boreal) and rolling farmlands, towns and villages, mountains and valleys, and lakes, ponds and rivers. This diversity of habitat leads to an incredible diversity of plant and bird species, including several boreal specialties of the mountain spruce and fir forests that cannot be found in NYC such as gray jays and boreal chickadees. Join NYC Audubon guide Gabriel Willow on a four-day tour of this wild region, featuring a day with local Adirondack resident, guide and President of the NYS Ornithological Association, Joan Collins. We will stay in the town of Saranac Lake at Amanda's Village Motel, a charming motel overlooking the Lake, spend our days exploring the mountains and valleys in the region, and dine at restaurants in Saranac Lake and nearby Lake Placid, NY. Transport by passenger van included. $720 ($220 single supplement)

 
Cape Ann Whale Watch
 
 

Thursday, August 10 - Sunday, August 13
Guide: Don Riepe
With the American Littoral Society
Visit scenic Gloucester, Massachusetts and enjoy a whale watching boat tour, an evening cruise on the Essex River, easy canoeing on the quiet Ipswich River, a guided hike along a scenic shoreline, and a lobster dinner. For info and reservations call (718) 474-0896 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . $425 ($150 single supplement)

 

CAPE MAY FALL MIGRATION I

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Saturday, September 23, 9am- Sunday, September 24, 7pm
Guide: Joe Giunta
Cape May, NJ, is one of the best birding venues in the United States, especially during fall migration. Visit the Cape May hawk watch on two days, once late in the day and then early to get a good variety of hawks. Also visit birding hotspots such as Higbee Beach, Jake's Landing, Cape May Meadows, and Nummy Island. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 10. $350 ($50 single supplement)

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CAPE MAY FALL MIGRATION II

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Saturday, September 30, 9am - Sunday, October 1, 7pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Cape May, NJ is the East's capital of birding, and is particularly bird-rich in the fall. On good fall migration days, the area's forests and marshes are swarming with warblers, vireos, thrushes, and other songbirds, and of course the hawkwatch is legendary as well. We'll visit Cape May Point, Higbee Beach, Cape May Meadows, and more in search of songbirds, raptors, wading birds, ducks, and terns. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 10. $350 ($50 single supplement)

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