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. . . . . 2014 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .



Churchill & Southern Manitoba

Ross’s Gull, Great Gray Owl & many Boreal Birds
6 June 2014 - 16 June 2014, 11 days & 10 nights

Churchill lies on the western shore of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba, strategically situated in the transition zone between boreal forest and extensive tundra habitat. It is perhaps best known to birders as the most reliable locale to find the exceedingly rare Ross's Gull. Even though it no longer nests there, we have a good track record for finding this beautiful bird. Fifteen species of shorebirds nest in the area and they are extremely tame and approachable, a delight for birders and photographers. You can count on close views of Red-necked Phalarope, Hudsonian Godwit, and American Golden-Plover, among many others. Additional birds that we are likely to see include Smith's Longspur, Harris's Sparrow, Common and Hoary Redpolls, Pine Grosbeak, Bohemian Waxwing, Little Gull, Parasitic Jaeger, Spruce Grouse, and Willow Ptarmigan. Arctic Hare is likely, as are Beluga Whales near the mouth of the Churchill River. In southern Manitoba we visit a variety of habitats at places such as Riding Mountain National Park, Oak Hammock Marsh, and Douglas Marsh. These areas will complement the birds of Churchill nicely, adding species such as Le Conte's Sparrow, Sedge Wren, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Partridge, Connecticut Warbler, Great Gray Owl, and Sprague's Pipit. We'll hope to witness the mating ritual of the Western Grebe, and we'll make every attempt for a peek at the elusive, diminutive Yellow Rail. This tour will be led by Bob Schutsky.

Price: $3895.00 from Churchill, Manitoba    

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CHURCHILL MANITOBA, ON THE SHORE OF HUDSON BAY

POLAR BEARS, PLUS BOREAL BIRDS & WILDLIFE
16 October 2014 - 21 October 2014, 6 days & 5 nights*

This northern expedition starts in Winnipeg, Manitoba where travelers enjoy a welcome dinner, reception, briefing, and a good night's sleep, all in preparation for tomorrow's adventure. The flight to Churchill, on the shore of Hudson Bay, will take travelers to the land of the Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus. Churchill is considered 'The Polar Bear Capital of the World'. Participants travel on the tundra in specially equipped tundra vehicles, providing them with the best possible views of the bears in their spectacular habitat. The austere desert-like tundra will give rise to breathtaking views of Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, and other wildlife. We have excellent chances of seeing Snowy Owl, Gyrfalcon, Willow and Rock Ptarmigan, and other boreal (northern) birds. All of the leaders are well-versed in the natural history of Churchill, its habitats, and especially Polar Bears. There are also 5-day and 7-day options, at proportionately different prices.  Click on Itinerary (below) for full details on the 5, 6, and 7-day tours.   These trips often sell out. Register early to reserve your spot. The Polar Bear Excursions are conducted in conjunction with Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel. *The price listed below is for the 6 day & 5 night excursions, which are also offered 22-27 Oct, 25-30 Oct, 28 Oct-2 Nov, 31 Oct-5 Nov, and 9-14 Nov 2014. See the full itinerary for several 6 day & 5 night excursions that also offer dogsledding, at a slightly higher price.

Price: $4995.00 from Winnipeg    

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CHURCHILL MANITOBA, ON THE SHORE OF HUDSON BAY

POLAR BEARS, PLUS BOREAL BIRDS & WILDLIFE
7 November 2014 - 13 November 2014, 7 days & 6 nights

This northern expedition starts in Winnipeg, Manitoba where travelers enjoy a welcome dinner, reception, briefing, and a good night's sleep, all in preparation for tomorrow's adventure. The flight to Churchill, on the shore of Hudson Bay, will take travelers to the land of the Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus. Churchill is considered 'The Polar Bear Capital of the World'. Participants travel on the tundra in specially equipped tundra vehicles, providing them with the best possible views of the bears in their spectacular habitat. Helicopter tours, searches for northern lights, a visit to the Eskimo Museum, sled dog tours, and an evening program are some of the optional activities planned. The austere desert-like tundra will give rise to breathtaking views of Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, and other wildlife. We have excellent chances of seeing Snowy Owl, Gyrfalcon, Willow and Rock Ptarmigan, and other boreal (northern) birds. All of the leaders are well-versed in the natural history of Churchill, its habitats, and especially Polar Bears. There are also 5-day and 6-day options, at proportionately lower prices. Click on Itinerary (below) for full details on the 5, 6, and 7-day tours.   These trips often sell out. Register early to reserve your spot. The Polar Bear Excursions are conducted in conjunction with Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel. *The price listed below is for the 7 day & 6 night excursions, which are also offered 11-17 Nov 2014 and 12-18 Nov 2014.

Price: $5395.00 from Winnipeg    

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