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. . . . . 2018 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .



SOUTH FLORIDA, EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK,

Dry Tortugas & the Florida Keys
21 April 2018 - 29 April 2018, 9 days & 8 nights

South Florida is the only truly tropical region in all of mainland United States. It has mangroves, manatees, bromeliads, and crocodiles. But most of all it has birds, some of them found nowhere else in the country. Near Fort Lauderdale we'll look for the locally nesting Burrowing Owls. Okeechobee and adjacent areas are great for Snail Kite, Sandhill Crane, Crested Caracara, Short-tailed Hawk (rare), Red-headed Woodpecker, and Florida Scrub-Jay. Further west, Babcock-Webb WMA is prime habitat for Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman's Sparrow, and Northern Bobwhite. We'll look for Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, and American White Pelican at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf Coast. We frequently find Barred Owl and Painted Bunting at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Big Cypress and the Everglades are famous for Limpkin, Swallow-tailed Kite, Snail Kite, Gray Kingbird, and White-crowned Pigeon. We may even see Greater Flamingo and Shiny Cowbird, as we have in the past. Our last major destination is the Florida Keys to look for Magnificent Frigatebird, Mangrove Cuckoo, Black-whiskered Vireo, Antillean Nighthawk, and hopefully large numbers of Neotropical migrants. We'll also search for Common Ground-Dove, Painted Bunting, and migrant Dickcissels and Blue Grosbeaks. Our day on Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas will be nothing short of spectacular, from the Sooty Tern and Brown Noddy breeding colony, to Northern Gannets, and a host of migrant warblers, buntings, and other songbirds. And a West Indian vagrant, perhaps a Key West Quail-Dove or La Sagra's Flycatcher, can always be around the next bend in the trail. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled tour leader.  We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasions we may extend the maximum to ten participants.

Price: $3395.00 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida    

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