ABA Area Tours

Domestic (ABA) Tour General Information (Excludes Florida)

Reservation Deposits


10% deposit is required to reserve your space.

50% is due 120 days prior to start of tour.

100% is due 90 days prior to start of tour.


Refunds and Cancellations

100% Refund 120 or more prior to start of tour.

50% Refund 90-119 days prior to start of tour.

25% Refund 60-89 days prior to start of tour.


Trips DO NOT include airfare, food, drinks, tips, or other expenses not specifically mentioned in the tour description.


Customizable 7-Day Dry Tortugas & Florida Keys Birding Tour

April 26 – May 3, 2019

Cost $1980.00 per person – double occupancy – Minimum 2 – Maximum 4


Join Archaeopteryx Birding and Nature Tours for a week-long tour South Florida and the Florida Keys. The boat trip and/or camping on the Dry Tortugas can be extended, reduced to a day trip only, or removed completely. This tour is designed for a small group of no more than 3 people.

Airport Pick-up and Drop-off available for Fort Lauderdale and Miami International Airports with prior arrangements.

April 26th- Arrive and get settled into our hotel in Coral Gables. Head to Brewer Park for Chestnut-fronted Macaw and Orange-winged Parrot roost. Dinner at Taco Rico.

April 27th- Miami Exotic Bird Day. We’ll spend the day chasing Yellow-chevroned, White-eyed, Scarlet-fronted, Green, Red-masked, Crimson-fronted, Mitred, and White-winged Parakeets, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Common Mynah, and Spot-breasted Oriole. Possibility for Lilac-crowned Parrots, Scaly-breasted Munia, and Blue-and-yellow Macaws. Break for lunch at the Titanic Brewery and dinner at Mario’s Cuban Cuisine in Homestead. Check into the hotel in Homestead/Florida City.

April 28th- Begin the morning at Lucky Hammock WMA and the Everglades National Park for spring migrants and any rarities that are being reported. Head to Navy Wells Pineland Preserve for Bartow’s Scrub-Hairstreak. Spend a second night in Homestead/Florida City.

April 29th- Begin the day birding at the Cardsound Bridge for the Caribbean race Golden Yellow Warbler and possible Shiny Cowbird. We will continue on to the Purplewing Trail to look for migrants, Mangrove Cuckoo, Florida Purplewing and Hammock and Mangrove Skippers. We’ll then visit Carysfort Circle for Black-whiskered Vireo, White-crowned Pigeon, Mangrove Cuckoo and other migrants, followed by Dangy Johnson State Botanical Park for any of the target we missed at previous locations. We will have a late lunch at Ballyhoo’s in Key Largo. After lunch we will drive to our hotel in the lower keys stopping in Marathon for Roseate and Least Terns at the government buildings.

April 30th- Birding the lower keys. Our first stop of the day will be Fort Zachary Taylor State Park for migrants and potential fallout. Depending on activity and time permitting, we may visit Boca Chica Beach for shorebirds, migrants and possible Neotropic Cormorant, Charles “Sonny” McCoy Indigenous Park, Key West Botanic Garden (migrants), Higgs Beach, the Key West Garden club and Sugarloaf & Saddlebunch Keys. Lunch at The Cafe and dinner at Hogfish Grill. Second night in hotel in the lower keys.

May 1st- Board the Yankee Freedom at 0700 and arrive at Fort Jefferson at 1030. Birding and Camping on Dry Tortugas National Park where we’ll see Sooty Terns, Brown Noddies, Brown and Masked Boobies, and migrants. Potential for Bridled Tern, Black Noddy, and other pelagic birds.

May 2nd- Make our way back up through the keys, stopping for anything that may have been missed. Stop for lunch at Mexicana Morada in Islamorada. Spend the night in Homestead/Florida City.

May 3rd- Travel home from Miami.

Price for this tour is $1980 double occupancy. Single occupancy rates available if interested. Price includes hotel, transportation, water, light snacks, all entry fees, camping and ferry fees, ebird checklists, and professional guide. Price does not include food, alcohol, or tips.

*Hotels in keys and ferry to the Dry Tortugas fill up quickly but will not be booked until clients are confirmed for the trip. Hotels will be in the mid-range category.

*Florida Nature Tours is offering 3-day/4-night Dry Tortugas birding tours on a fully furnished boat weather permitting. Visit www.floridanaturetours.net for pricing and information. Choose trip III from April 26th-April 30th to go with Archaeopteryx Birding & Nature Tours! Gallus Quigley is the tour leader for this trip with Florida Nature Tours.

5 Day Grand Tetons National Park Trip

July 14-18, 2020

Cost $2400.00 per person – double occupancy – Minimum 2 – Maximum 4

Deposit Due by March 31, 2020

Join Rebecca of Archaeopteryx Birding & Nature Tours this summer for a visit to the Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming. We’ll be traveling each morning into the Grand Teton National Park and surrounding areas for birding and the opportunity to photograph birds and other wildlife. Each day trip will be no longer than a 1-hour drive from our accommodations. We’ll aim to return in the early afternoon to enjoy the amenities, or explore downtown Teton Village or Jackson Hole. Accommodations will be at a single hotel/resort near the Jackson Hole area. There’s the Jackson Hole Winery and Snake River Brewing Company that may be worth a visit if you’re interested in craft beverages.

About the birds

Grand Teton National Park is home to a variety of birds, highlights of which include:

Mountain Chickadee
Violet-green Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Green-tailed Towhee
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Common Raven
Mountain Bluebird
Pine Siskin
Warbling Vireo
Western Wood-Pewee
Rufous Hummingbird
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Cassin’s Finch
Willow Flycatcher
American Dipper
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Cinnamon Teal
Trumpeter Swan
Dusky Flycatcher
Black-billed Magpie
Brewer’s Blackbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Bullock’s Oriole
Brewer’s Sparrow
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Vesper Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
Swainson’s Hawk
Horned Lark
Red-naped Sapsucker
Calliope Hummingbird
Lazuli Bunting
Clark’s Nutcracker
Dusky Grouse

We may also encounter mammals such as Black Bear, Coyote, Elk, Mule Deer, Moose, Pronghorn, Bison, Badger, Marten, River Otter, Long-tailed Weasel, Snowshoe Hare, Pika, Beaver, Muskrat, and Porcupine.

The price for this trip will be $2,400 per person, shared occupancy (this price includes water, snacks, all checklists emailed, transportation (including to and from the airport), and professional guide. The price does not include your airfare, food, alcohol, or tips. Trip requires at least 2 participants and a maximum of 4. Deposit will be due by March 31st, 2020.


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