TAS Field Trips, Tours and Workshops Requiring Reservations
Photo courtesy of Brian Rapoza
The following workshop requires registration via Eventbrite:
Shorebird & Migratory Bird Photography Workshop - with Wildlife Author/Photographer Kirsten Hines Saturday, November 9, 2019
Join wildlife photographer, author and Tropical Audubon Society board member Kirsten Hines for a full-day bird photography workshop focused on enhancing the design elements and visual impact of the images you capture. This fall workshop will begin at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne to photograph shorebirds and migratory species, followed by a classroom session at Tropical Audubon's headquarters in South Miami to cover the basics of photo editing using Adobe’s Lightroom software. The curriculum is designed for beginning to intermediate photographers with a minimum 70mm lens. Workshop size will be no less than four and no more than eight participants. Pre-registration and a $75 fee (includes a donation to TAS) should be received no later than November 1 to ensure participation. To register, click here or contact Kirsten at KirstenNatureTravel@gmail.com to register by mail. Please email Kirsten with any questions.
To register for the following tours or to access detailed itineraries and other tour details, click on the link provided.
Cuba: Birding San Diego de los Baños and the Zapata Peninsula
Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, February 8, 2020
Confirmed Departure! Six Spaces Still Available
Cuba’s protected natural areas, geographic isolation, and limited development combine to create an ideal destination for birders. On this 8-day tour, birders will have the opportunity to spot some of Cuba’s signature species such as Cuban Trogon, Cuban Tody, Cuban Solitaire, Zapata Wren, Cuban Blackbird, Cuban Green Woodpecker, Bee Hummingbird, and many more, while also experiencing the natural beauty of Cuba’s environment. Birding locations include Las Terrazas (a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve), La Guira National Park and the Zapata Peninsula. Travelers will also get the opportunity to discover the rich history and culture of Cuba. Fee: $3,070.00 per person double occupancy; $420.00 single supplement. Fee includes all ground transportation, lodging, meals, entrance fees, excursions and the services of your skilled leaders. Not included are round-trip international airfare from your city of departure to Havana, tips, laundry costs or other incidental expenses. A $200.00 deposit is due at time of booking or by October 4, 2019 (whichever comes first), balance of payment due by October 29, 2019. To view a detailed itinerary or to register for this tour, click here. Recent tightening of restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens will NOT impact this tour; for details, click here.
To register for the following tours or to request detailed itineraries and/or applications, email Brian Rapoza, TAS Field Trip Coordinator:
Central Panama: Birding the Canal Zone, Campana and El Valle
Saturday, December 7 to Friday, December 13, 2019
TAS Field Trip Leader Luis Gonzalez and local guide Jacobo Ortega lead this week-long trip through the amazing country of Panama! This central Panama trip is made to cater to the birder who wants to add a variety of species to their life list without having to spend too much. Panama is the land bridge that connects Central and South American species and with the supplement of Northern migrants such as warblers, shorebirds and a variety of raptors participants can easily see over 250 species over the span of just a week. Manakins, toucans and parrots represent the tropics any new birder wants to check out, and some of our more sought-after target species like Rosy Thrush-Tanager and Ocellated Antbird will even have the veteran birder in a happy mood for a chance to encounter these species. Fee: $1,495.00 per person double occupancy, $345.00 single supplement. Fee includes transportation, all breakfasts and lunches, lodging and guides. Not included is round-trip airfare to Panama City, any dinners, tips, laundry costs or other incidental expenses. For a detailed itinerary, click here. Email Brian Rapoza, TAS Field Trip Coordinator for an application or additional information. $500.00 deposit due at time of booking, balance of payment due by September 30, 2019.
North Florida Birding
Friday, January 17 to Monday, January 20, 2020
Paul Bithorn and Brian Rapoza will lead this four day, three-night van trip to the Tallahassee area. Fee: $495.00 per person double occupancy, $150.00 single supplement (includes hotel and van/gas). Reservations are required; application and $200.00 deposit are due within 30 days of booking; balance of payment is due by Saturday, December 7. Email Brian for an application or additional information.
South Florida Exotics Tour
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Paul Bithorn and Brian Rapoza will lead birders in search of parrots, bulbuls, mynas, swamphens and other introduced species in this all-day van trip. Fee: $75.00 (includes van/gas and lunch at a local restaurant). Reservations are required; application and fee are due within 30 days of booking or by Saturday, January 25, whichever comes first. Email Brian for an application or additional information.
Ft. DeSoto Birding
Saturday, April 18 to Monday, April 20, 2020
Brian Rapoza and Paul Bithorn lead this three-day, two-night van trip to Ft. DeSoto and other spring migration hotspots in the Tampa Bay area. Stops en-route may include Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area, Oscar Scherer State Park and Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility. Fee: $450.00 per person double occupancy; $150.00 single supplement (includes hotel and van/gas). Meals will be eaten in local restaurants and are paid for by each participant. Reservations are required; application and $200.00 deposit are due within 30 days of booking; balance of payment due by Saturday, March 14. Email Brian for an application or additional information.
Spain: Birding Extremadura, Donana and Sierra de Gredos
Monday, April 27 to Monday, May 11, 2020
Stefan Schlick and TAS Field Trip Coordinator Brian Rapoza lead this two-week trip to Spain, arguably Europe's birdiest country. This spring migration tour will include visits to Monfrague and Donana National Parks, the Caceres Plains, Salinas de Bonanza and the Sierra de Gredos. Some of the many specialties we'll target include White-headed Duck, Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Great and Little Bustard, Slender-billed Gull, Spanish Imperial Eagle, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Black Wheatear, Spectacled and Subalpine Warbler, Iberian Magpie and Citril Finch. Combine the fabulous birding with the excellent food, spectacular scenery and the ease of logistics and you have an amazing trip that you wouldn’t want to miss! Fee: $2,950.00 per person double occupancy, $630.00 single supplement. Fee includes transportation, lodging, guides and park fees. Not included is round-trip airfare to Madrid, Spain, any meals, tips, laundry costs or other incidental expenses. For a detailed itinerary, click here. Email Brian Rapoza, TAS Field Trip Coordinator for an application or additional information. $500.00 deposit due at time of booking, balance of payment due by January 27, 2020.
Southeast Arizona: Birding during the Monsoon Season
Sunday, August 2 to Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Stefan Schlick and TAS Field Trip Coordinator Brian Rapoza lead this ten-day birding tour to Southeast Arizona, arguably the best place for birding in early August anywhere in the U.S. When the monsoon rains arrive in mid-July, the desert turns green and birds love it! In addition, the monsoon season is a great time for rarities to show up. Desert birding will for the most part be restricted to the cooler early-morning or late afternoon hours; we'll spend much of each day exploring higher elevations in the Chiricahua, Huachuca and Santa Rita Mountains, searching for specialties like Elegant Trogon, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Mexican Chickadee and Red-faced Warbler. The number of hummingbirds and other amazing birds that can be seen on this tour is staggering; even if you've been to Southeast Arizona before, you’ll still feel like a kid in the candy store! Fee: $1,900.00 per person double occupancy, $400.00 single supplement. Fee includes transportation, lodging, guides and park fees. Not included is round-trip airfare to Tucson, any meals, tips, laundry costs or other incidental expenses. For a detailed itinerary, click here. Email Brian Rapoza, TAS Field Trip Coordinator for an application or additional information. $500.00 deposit due at time of booking, balance of payment due by May 2, 2020.