TAS Field Trips and Workshops Requiring Reservations
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To register for the following tours or to view detailed itineraries, click on the link in the tour description:
STA 5/6 Birding Saturday, November 17, 2018
Hendry Glades Audubon Society invites TAS to join them for a tour of Stormwater Treatment Area-5/6 in Hendry County. The TAS group will be led by Brian Rapoza. This trip is limited to 20 participants and reservations are required. No fee. Walkie-talkies are recommended. There will be a lunch stop at a restaurant. To register for this trip, click here.
Colombia: Birding the Central Andes Friday, February 8 to Saturday, February 16, 2019
With over 1,900 avian species—more than any other country in the world—Colombia is a birder’s paradise waiting to be discovered. This 9-day tour, led by TAS Field Trip Coordinator Brian Rapoza and a local guide, focuses on the highlights of the Central Andes region, famed for its high level of species diversity, including the Rio Claro Natural Reserve, Nevado del Ruiz, Rio Blanco Reserve, and Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary. Explore high elevation mountains, humid tropical forest, páramo, wetlands, and highland savanna habitats in search of an array of tropical avifauna, including flycatchers, hummingbirds, tanagers, toucans, and more. Throughout your journey, meet members of the local community and learn about conservation efforts to use birding as a sustainable development resource. Fee: $3,295.00 per person double occupancy; $450.00 single supplement. Fee includes all ground transportation, lodging, meals, entrance fees, excursions and the services of your skilled leaders. Not included are international airfare from your city of departure to Medellin, return international airfare from Bogota, tips, laundry costs and other incidental expenses. For a detailed itinerary or to register for this tour, click here. Online registration required; $200.00 deposit due at time of booking, balance of payment due by November 4, 2018.
To register for the following tours or to request detailed itineraries and/or applications, email Brian Rapoza, TAS Field Trip Coordinator:
North Florida Birding Monday, January 7 to Thursday, January 10, 2019
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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). Meals will be eaten in local restaurants and are paid for by each participant. Reservations are required; application and fee are due by Saturday, December 8. Email Brian for an application or additional information.
South Florida Exotics Tour Saturday, February 2, 2019
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 by Saturday, January 19. Email Brian for an application or additional information.
Ft. DeSoto Birding Tuesday, April 16 to Thursday, April 18, 2019
Brian Rapoza leads 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 fee are due by Saturday, March 16. E-mail Brian for an application or additional information.
Tour de Oregon Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
Oregon birding guide Stefan Schlick and TAS Field Trip Coordinator Brian Rapoza lead this 9-day, 8-night tour, which begins and ends in Portland and includes visits to birding locations on both the east and west sides of the Cascade Mountain Range. This beautiful state offers a wide array of unique habitats, many of which we’ll visit on this tour: west-side forests dominated by Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock, east-side Ponderosa Pine forest, the spectacular Pacific coastline, sagebrush steppe with its mix of sage and juniper, and finally, the extensive wetlands of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Fee: $1,450.00 per person double occupancy, $350.00 single supplement (includes van transportation, hotel accommodations and park entrance fees). Not included is round-trip airfare to Portland, tips, laundry costs and other incidental expenses. Meals will be eaten in local restaurants and are paid for by each participant. For a detailed itinerary, click here. E-mail Brian for an application or additional information. $200.00 deposit due at time of of booking, balance of payment due by March 15, 2019.
Eastern Panama: Birding the Canal Zone and Darien Thursday, October 31 to Saturday, November 9, 2019
TAS Field Trip Coordinator Brian Rapoza and a local guide lead this ten-day, nine-night birding tour in Panama, home to over 950 bird species, the highest in Central America! This tour, for up to eight participants, involves ten full days of birding and is designed for intermediate to advanced birders. We’ll spend our first three nights at world-famous Canopy Tower, in Soberania National Park along the Panama Canal. Among the many possible birding destinations during our three days here will be Semaphore Hill Road, Summit Gardens, Ammo Dump Pond and the legendary Pipeline Road! We’ll spend the next six nights in luxury safari-style tents at Canopy Camp, in the heart of the legendary Darien, Panama’s easternmost province. Our itinerary may include an all-day excursion to search for Panama’s national bird, the majestic Harpy Eagle! Other locations we may visit while in the Darien include Bayano Lake, Rio Torti, El Salto Road, Las Lagunas Road, Quebrada Felix, Lajas Blancas, Nuevo Vigia, Aligandi, San Francisco Reserve and Yaviza, at the very end of the Pan-American Highway. Fee: $2,695.00 per person double occupancy, $300.00 single supplement. Cost includes transportation, meals, lodging and guides. Not included is round-trip airfare to Panama City, tips, laundry costs and other incidental expenses. For a detailed itinerary, click here. E-mail Brian for an application or additional information. $600.00 deposit due at time of of booking, balance of payment due by July 31, 2019.