San Diego Audubon's Avian Adventures program offers a variety of organized trips run by reliable Tour Operators. The Tour Operators make necessary hotel, guide and in-country transportation reservations well in advance. You may now plan your own avian adventure well in advance by looking over the below schedule and contacting the Tour Operator directly.
Note: prices are subject to change. Please check with the Tour Operator to confirm the current price.
2013 Avian Adventures
WEST TEXAS - Big Bend National Park, Chisos and Davis Mountains
April 30 - May 7, 2013 Tour Operator:
Leaders: Rick Taylor and Barbara Bickel
SD Audubon Society Contact:
Info: Cost includes all transportation, lodging, meals, entrance fees beginning and ending in El Paso, TX.
Key bird possibilities: Black Hawk, Colima Warbler, Painted Bunting, Montezuma Quail, Lucifer Hummingbird, Elf Owl, Gray Vireo, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Cave Swallow.
GALAPAGOS - Aboard the M/Y Yolita II
photo by Reinier Munguia - Nazca Boobies
June 14 - June 24, 2013
Tour operator: Holbrook Travel
Leader: In-country expert naturalist guide
SD Audubon Society contact:
Info: Price; $4200 - 8 -15 pax; $3900 16 plus people. Price from Quito includes all meals and in country air travel. Does not include air travel to and from Quito, Ecuador. Embark on an unforgettable expedition into the unique world that captivated Charles Darwin. This 11-day birding tour expects to come face-to-face with Darwin's Finches, Galapagos Penguins, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropic Birds, exotic hummingbirds, and the nesting sites of Red-footed Boobies. But it's more than birds as we also encounter Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas and Giant Tortoises; explore volcanic terrain, and learn about the archipelago's unique geological history and biological diversity.
Colombia – Santa Marta Endemics
Photo by Wildside Nature Tours - Black-backed Thornbill (endemic)
November 9 - November 17, 2013
Tour Operator: Wildside Nature Tours
Leader: Edison Buenano.
Info: Price from Barranquilla includes all meals. International airfare not included. Twenty species of endemics, gorgeous scenery and a new and comfortable mountain lodge await you in a perfect climate zone in the Santa Marta mountains. Most of endemics are preceded by the name Santa Marta so possible species to see will be Santa Marta parakeet, screech-owl, foliage-gleaner, antpitta, bush-tyrant, wren, bush-finch, warbler, tapaculo.
Price: $2950 - 8 to 12 max people.
Four day extension to Bogota area to see other endemics will be available. Cost $1750.
or Call (888) 875-9453
2014 Avian Adventures
CUBA - Bird Survey - RICH in NATURE and Culture
TRIP I FILLED - January 10-22, 2014
ADDITIONAL TRIP II - January 25-February 7, 2014
Survey Coordinator: Caribbean Conservation Trust
SD Audubon Society Contact:
Leader: Arturo Kirkconnell, Co-author of Field Guide to Birds of Cuba, Curator of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, Havana, Cuba
Info:You will start this remarkable bird survey in Havana and continue the journey visiting Cuba’s most interesting national parks and natural areas from Guanahacabibes to Cayo Coco. The park naturalists will provide a broad overview of the natural history, flora, fauna and geology of each area. The Cuban trip guide, who will always be with the group, will provide interesting facts about the history, culture, arts and lifestyle of the country.Trip price is from Havana and includes all meals and very comfortable accommodations, guide services, most tips. Does not include travel to and from Havana, tourist visa, airport taxes.
Extension in Havana until January 23rd is $250 per person sharing and includes meals, hotel, guide. Single supplements are available.
Contact: Gary Markowski by
or call (203)733-1162.