Archaeopteryx means “first wing” and is a genus of bird-like dinosaurs that represent the transition between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds.



“Archaeopteryx Birding & Nature Tours is your one-stop shop for creating lifetime memorable experiences. If you dream it, we can make it reality. Customized tours for birding, butterflies, photography, and all aspects of nature, up to and including big game safaris. Choose an accelerated pace for the serious lister or a slow casual pace for nature lovers and photographers. At your option, mix in relaxing resort stays, cultural/historical sites, winery/brewery tours, backpacking and even pelagic trips offshore. Our mission is to make your travel experience exceptional. Let us partner with you to make it happen.”



We Offer Florida, ABA, and International Tours!

  • Birding Tours

    • Target or Casual Options Available
  • Butterfly Tours

  • Insect Tours
  • Nature & Wildlife Tours

  • Photography Tours for Birds, Butterflies, Wildlife, and Nature

  • Casual, Target, or List Based Birding Options

  • Entomology/Insect Tours Available with Rebecca Smith

  • Orlando, Theme Parks, Central Florida Area 

    • Economical
    • Customized to YOUR needs
    • Single or Multi-day
    • Full Day or Half Day Options
    • Up to 2 People Included in Price!
      • $25.00 for additional person
      • More than 3 people please call for rates
    • Pick up and Drop off at Orlando/Theme Park Area Hotels
    • Water & Light Snack Provided
    • eBird Checklists
    • Local “Hotspots” include Orlando Wetlands Park, Ocala National Forest, Three Lakes WMA, Merritt Island NWR, Tosohatchee WMA, Lake Apopka North Shore, and Joe Overstreet Landing
  • South Florida, Gulf Coast, & Panhandle Birding Tours Available

    • Contact us for rates
  • ABA and International Tours

    • Economical
    • Individual customized private tours available (contact for rate)
    • Organized Tours
    • Small group size (1-4 people typical)
    • Great guide to participant ratio since Beck and/or Gallus will lead or co-lead all tours.
    • Comfortable pace; we are not out to rush from place to place. We want you to see, enjoy, and photograph the birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.
    • Limited hotel hopping. We want you to be able to settle in and enjoy your trip not be packing up every morning.
    • Limited driving times. We visit areas with a 2 hour drive of our hotel.
    • Quality detailed eBird checklists.
  • Cruise Base Tours

    • Birding at each Port of Call
  • Our ABA and International Multi-day Tours may also include

    • Resort Hotel

      • Spa Resorts When Available
    • Limited Hotel Hopping

    • Cultural Activities

    • Historical Activities

    • Wineries and/or Breweries

    • Shopping Opportunities

    • Hiking & Backpacking

    • Beach

    • Safari

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I participated in the Archaeopteryx Birding and Nature Tours trip to Sri Lanka in February 2020.  The trip was expertly organized and very well run.  The birding expertise of the tour guide was outstanding.  The daily pace was excellent for me, a birder that loves to photograph the birds.  We saw or heard all of the Sri Lanka endemic birds and many more.  I was able to spend as much time as I wanted photographing specific birds and there was always another beautiful bird begging for my attention as we moved on.  The accommodations were excellent and the opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine was welcome.   Archaeopteryx did a wonderful job listening to my interests for this trip and following through with results that made this my best birding/photography trip ever.  I will use them again for my next international birding adventure.

Robert Hoopes


Sri Lanka February 2020

Had a great day birding at Merritt Island! It started with this Painted Bunting, ended with a Florida Scrub Jay (both target birds), and yielded an additional 10 lifers (Glossy Ibis, Boat-tailed Grackle, Reddish Egret, Fish Crow, Brown Pelican, Forsters Tern, Common Gallinule, Willet, Sora, Black Skimmer). Shoutout to Archeopteryx Birding and Nature Tours for making it happen.

Merritt Island, FL

Beth Baisch–Merrit Island NWR