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ABA Tanzania: Birds and Big Game Safari

Eastern Bearded Wildebeest, Serengeti Tanzania Photo by: Adam Riley

Grey-crowned Crane,Tanzania Photo by: Markus Lilj

Tanzania is without doubt one of the most exciting trips a birder can make, with hundreds of species of birds, many of them large, tame, and colorful. Add to that the iconic mammals, scenery, and culture and you have a experience that will rank as among the most memorable of a lifetime. Our itinerary includes the Serengeti, meaning “Endless Plain” in Maasai, which is famous for its extravagant megafauna, but also home to star birds like Gray-crested Helmetshrike, Red-throated Tit, and Steel-blue Whydah. Our tour is timed with hopes to see the magnificent migration of wildebeest, zebra and antelope. We will also visit Ngorongoro crater, Earth’s largest intact volcanic caldera, which also harbors dense populations of large mammals, as well as forest brimming with birds such as Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Schalow’s Turaco, and dazzling Tacazze Sunbirds, among others. For superb birding, masses of iconic animals, and photo ops galore, join the ABA and Rockjumper for an incredible adventure into the heart of Africa. 

When:  March 31-April 10, 2018
Where: Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park
How Much: $4250 per person sharing — single supplement $495.
Registration Limit: 120 people (small field groups of 12 people)

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Join us for a fabulous safari where we’ll see everything from the smallest birds to the largest mammals. This trip is not to be missed!

Questions: events@aba.org  or  info@rockjumperbirding.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green-winged Pytilia, African Elephant, Lilac-breasted Roller, and African Lion a fine sample of the wildlife we will see on this safari. Register Today!

Birds of Alaska: A Breeding Extravaganza and Asiatic Vagrants

An Endorsed Tour of the American Birding Association featuring High Lonesome BirdTours

WHEN: May 19 – 30, 2018

WHERE: St. Paul Island (Pribilofs); Gambell on St. Lawrence Island; Nome on the Seward Peninsula

PRICE: $7550.  Single Supplement not available at Gambell. Single Supplement for Pribilofs/Nome subject to availability is $500.

Tour Size: Limited to 23 participants

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We hope you’ll consider joining this tour to spectacular Alaska. We will visit three quintessential hotspots for birders: St. Paul Island (Pribilofs); Gambell on St. Lawrence Island; Nome on the Seward Peninsula.

The Pribilof Islands, often called the “Galapagos of the North,” lie in the middle of the Bering Sea about 300 miles from landfall. St. Paul Island, where we stay, hosts some of the largest colonies of alcids (auklets & other seabirds) in the world, as well as the largest Northern Fur Seal colony in the world. St. Paul is an isolated and charming island with a small Aleut population. Asian vagrants regularly visit St. Paul in late May, and we expect to see a few of them along with the resident species. Huge colonies of seabirds nest on the cliffs and in the rocks on the island, including Parakeet, Least and Crested auklets; Horned and Tufted puffins; Thick-billed and Common murres, Northern Fulmar, Black-legged and Red-legged kittiwakes.

St. Lawrence Island lies in the Bering Sea just off the Siberian coast. Gambell is a small, timeless Eskimo village subsisting much as it has for thousands of years. On clear days, Siberia can be seen clearly 35 miles in the distance. Whale, walrus, seal, polar bear and birds account for most of the native diet. High Arctic and Asian vagrants are the draw at Gambell. Many of the Asian species recorded in North America have been seen in Gambell and environs. We will spend much of our time within a couple of miles of the village. There are huge colonies of Parakeet, Least and Crested auklets on the cliffs within walking distance. Northwest Point provides a “super-highway” for seabirds passing very close by the island in migration and usually yields Arctic Loon, Yellow-billed Loon , Dovekie, Emperor Goose, and Ivory Gull as well as many other seabirds and ducks. The centuries-old bone yards often hide vagrant passerines, e.,g, Eurasian Bullfinch, Hawfinch, and Common Cuckoo. The marsh about two miles from town is superb for shorebirds and typically yields several of the Asiatic species.

Nome lies on the Seward Peninsula, jutting into the Bering Sea. It’s a frontier town in a world where few such curiosities remain. Nome is accessible only by boat and airplane, bordered on the West and South by the Bering Sea, and to the North and East by miles of trackless wilderness. Nome is a fascinating and challenging destination. During June, the midnight sun is at its brightest, the tundra is in full bloom, and the birds and mammals are breeding. Our tour will cover the prime birding areas along the seacoast, the high tundra and, if time permits, the only boreal forest on the Seward Peninsula. Most of the birds are in their resplendent breeding plumages— rarely if ever seen in the “lower 48.” We’ll make an extra effort to locate the Western Alaska specialties that include the Rock & Willow ptarmigans; Bristle-thighed Curlew; Bar-tailed Godwit; Red-necked Stint; Aleutian Tern; Gyrfalcon; Bluethroat; Eastern Yellow Wagtail; White Wagtail; and others. The road system of Nome provides the best access to the Alaska bush without an airplane, and we will drive it extensively.

Join us for a great birding adventure.

Download the full itinerary here: ABA Endorsed Tour: Alaska High Lonesome BirdTours

 

 

ABA Birders’ Exchange Honduras Rally

Are you looking for a tropical adventure with friends this year?

Join the ABA in Honduras as we enjoy this nearby birding paradise!

Having recently participated in the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour, we knew we had to share this experience with our members – without the pressure of a bird race!

We’ve worked with our friends in Honduras to arrange a weeklong tour designed to visit the key birding sites at a relaxed but productive pace. We will seek the endemic Honduran Emerald in addition to a great assortment of neotropical birds on the grounds of our two lodges as well as on our day trips.

For two nights our hosts at Finca Las Glorias will share the charms of Lake Yojoa birding with us. We will transfer to the Lodge at Pico Bonito and will be treated to ecolodge luxury on the doorstep of the majestic Pico Bonito National Park.

Meet birders who are making a positive difference for the birds and people of Honduras and enjoy the satisfaction of supporting and participating in their efforts.

Birding with local guides and Birders’ Exchange recipients and ABA staff.

All lodging, meals, transfers, tips and gratuities included. 

When:  Dec 1 – 7, 2017
Where: The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Lake Yojoa
How Much: $1995. (per person, double occupancy) single supp $500.00

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What is a Birding Rally?

IFO: Winter Sparrows of the Southwest

Winter Sparrows of the Southwest – IFO

When: January 18-23, 2018
Where: Sierra Vista, Arizona
How Much: $1550.
Limit: 6 people
Instructor: Homer Hansen


For  INFO on registration: email us at: events@aba.org, or call at (800) 850-2473
For INFO on the event:

email Homer at: aplomado@aplomado.com or  call: (520) 400-6716

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Southeastern Arizona is home to many resident species of breeding sparrows and a favored location for migrants to overwinter. We will visit semi-desert grasslands and riparian woodlands to observe the behavior and habitat selection of over 20 species of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs. More Info »

ABA Birding Rally — South Florida & Dry Tortugas and Keys Extension

Photos by Mark Hedden

Birding in South Florida in the spring is a bit like playing a slot machine rigged in your favor. You don’t know exactly how it’s going to work out, but odds are something good will happen.

Between the Everglades, the surrounding agricultural areas, the Florida Bay ecosystem, the upper Keys, and various parks and neighborhoods in Miami, it is hard to not see great birds.

The most reliable birds in South Florida are the resident species, such as Wood Stork, White-crowned Pigeon, Roseate Spoonbill, Purple Gallinule, Swallow-tailed Kites and Black-bellied Whistling Duck. But there are a number of resident species that give you a sense of jackpot when you find them – American Flamingo, Snail Kite, Mangrove Cuckoo, Cable Sable Seaside Sparrow, Short-tailed Hawk, Shiny Cowbird and Smooth-billed Ani among them.

Miami’s urban areas are the home to large populations of escaped exotic birds, many of which are ABA countable, including Spot-breasted Oriole, Common Myna, Nanday Parakeet, Green Parakeet, and Red-whiskered Bulbul.

Late April is also the northbound migration. Many neotropical migrants come up from the Caribbean or fly across the Gulf of Mexico and South Florida is crucial stopover habitat for them. Dozens of species of songbirds pass through the area – warblers, thrush, buntings and grosbeaks, as well as a handful of raptors.

And then there are the Caribbean strays. Almost every spring something shows up. La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Western Spindalis, Key West Quail-dove, Cuban Vireo, Loggerhead Kingbird or, well, pretty much anything.

We will spend time birding in the Everglades

No matter what, birding in South Florida is always an adventure.

When: April 26-30, 2018

Where: We will base ourselves in Homestead, central to Everglades National Park, Miami, and the Upper Keys.

How much: $1195 per person, double occupancy. Single Supplement $250.

Keys & Dry Tortugas Extension

Key West and Dry Tortugas extension

Keep on Birding with us in the Upper Keys, stopping at sites in Islamorada and Marathon to seek out migrants and local specialties, such as Mangrove Cuckoo, White-crowned Pigeons and Roseate Tern. two well-known Key West migrant traps.  Then then we will venture off to the Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. The park is home to the massive Civil War-era Fort Jefferson, as well as the only North American breeding colonies of Masked Booby, Magnificent Frigatebird, Sooty Tern, and Brown Noddy. The fort is also often a major stopover for migrants and rarities, with sightings in recent years of such species as Loggerhead Kingbird, Black Noddy, Red-billed Tropicbird, and the Caribbean subspecies of Short-eared Owl. You won’t want to miss it!

When: April 30 to May 2, 2018

How Much: $900 per person double occupancy $150 single supplement

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ABA Rally — Aloha! Hawaii

Aloha!   This event is under construction.

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When: September 10-18, 2018
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Mahalo!