TAS Field Trips, Tours and Workshops Requiring Reservations

Photo courtesy of Brian Rapoza

The following workshop requires registration via Eventbrite:


Bird Photography Field Workshop with Wildlife Author/Photographer Kirsten Hines Saturday, March 14, 2020
Spaces Available

Join wildlife photographer, author and Board Member of both Tropical Audubon and Florida Audubon Societies Kirsten Hines on Saturday, March 14 for a bird photography workshop aimed at enhancing the design elements and visual impact of the bird images you capture. This field-based session will focus on nesting birds and their behaviors at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. The curriculum is designed for beginning to intermediate photographers with a minimum 70mm lens. Workshop size will be no less than five and no more than ten participants. To register, click here. Pre-registration and a $45 fee (includes a donation to TAS) should be received no later than March 6 to ensure participation. Registered participants will receive an email with logistical details the week of March 9, prior to the workshop. Contact Kirsten if you have any questions.

To register for the following tours or to request detailed itineraries and/or applications, email Brian Rapoza, TAS Field Trip Coordinator:


South Florida Exotics Tour
Saturday, February 22, 2020
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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 Friday, January 31, whichever comes first. Email Brian for an application or additional information.

Ft. DeSoto Birding
Saturday, April 18 to Monday, April 20, 2020
Spaces Available

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.

To register for the following tours, email Brian Rapoza, TAS Field Trip Coordinator. To view detailed itineraries, click on the links below:


European Roller (Coracias garrulus) Photo by Stefan Schlick

Spain: Birding Extremadura, Donana and Sierra de Gredos
Monday, April 27 to Monday, May 11, 2020
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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.

Varied Bunting (Passerina versicolor) Photo by Stefan Schlick

Southeast Arizona: Birding during the Monsoon Season
Sunday, August 2 to Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Spaces Available

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.

To register for the following tour or to view a detailed itinerary, click on the link below:


American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) Photo by Alexander Dzib

Mexico: Birding the Ruins of the Yucatan
Thursday, January 21 to Sunday, January 31, 2021
Spaces Available

Pack your binoculars and embark on an intense 11-day, ten-night birding adventure to the environmentally diverse Yucatán Peninsula. Led by TAS Field Trip Coordinator Brian Rapoza and a local guide, you'll witness native birds soar above the stunning ruins of Hochob, Becán, Chacchoben, Uxmal, and other archaeological sites on this journey through the Maya world. Heads will turn at every point of this expedition as you look for a rainbow array of birds including hummingbirds, parrots, tanagers, flamingos, raptors, and many more. From trail hikes to boat rides, birding enthusiasts will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities while learning about the history of the Maya and the birds that call the Yucatán Peninsula home. Fee: $2,745.00 per person double occupancy, $345.00 single supplement. Fee includes transportation, lodging, guides and park fees. Not included is round-trip airfare to the Yucatan (arrival in Cozumel, departure from Merida), tips, laundry costs or other incidental expenses. To register or to view a detailed itinerary, click here. A $200.00 deposit is due at time of booking, balance of payment due by October 18, 2020.