ABA Area Tours

Domestic (ABA) Tour General Information (Excludes Florida)

Reservation Deposits

5% DISCOUNT FOR TOURS PAID IN FULL 120 DAYS PRIOR TO TOUR

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.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT IS $500.00 UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE

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.

NO REFUNDS LESS THAN  60 DAYS PRIOR TO START OF TOUR UNLESS SPOT CAN BE FILLED IN WHICH A 25% REFUND WILL BE ISSUED.

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

CDC Guidelines for Covid-19 will be adhered to.

Monterey, California Birding & Pelagic Tour

September 24 – October 1, 2020

Cost $2639.00 per person – double occupancy – Minimum 2 -Maximum 4

Deposit Due August 1, 2020

Many birders have heard of the infamous Monterey coast for some of the best pelagic birding in the country. Archaeopteryx Birding & Nature Tours will be hosting a 1-week birding tour in the Monterey, California area this fall with a full day of pelagic birding included! We’ll be staying in a hotel in Monterey for the duration of the tour and traveling out from there each morning for our birding excursion. Meals are not included in the price of the tour, but the Monterey area has it all. There’s plenty of restaurants that carry local seafood, vegetarian/vegan fare, and health food. Here is the tentative itinerary for the tour:

9/24- Meet in the evening with pickup from the Monterey airport or surrounding area, check into our hotel, and have dinner

9/25- Visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Here we’ll try and locate Townsend’s Warbler, Red-necked Phalarope, California Quail, Heerman’s Gull, Black Phoebe, California Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Brewer’s Blackbird, Wandering Tattler, Stellar’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Hutton’s Vireo, and Acorn Woodpecker

9/26- Fort Ord Dunes State Park- We won’t get anything different on the beach here than we would on our pelagic tour, so we’re going to focus on the upland habitats. We’ll be looking for Bushtit, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Anna’s Hummingbird, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, and Lazuli Bunting

9/27- Our pelagic tour will last 8 hours. Some of the most common species will be Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Black Turnstone, and Elegant Tern. There’s possibility for Pacific Loon, Western Grebe, Black-footed Albatross, Pink-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Surfbird, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Cassin’s Auklet and Rhinoceros Auklet.

9/28- Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge for White-faced Ibis, Common Murre, Lesser Goldfinch, Bushtit, Eared Grebe, Long-billed Curlew, Say’s Phoebe, Pomarine Jaeger, California Towhee, and Greater White-fronted Goose

9/29- Schwan Lake Park for Mew Gull, Pygmy Nuthatch, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Purple Finch, Greater Scaup, Western Wood-Pewee, and Fox Sparrow

9/30- Julia Pfeiffer-Burns State Park- California Thrasher, White-throated Swift, Nashville Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, and the bird on everyone’s target list, the California Condor!

10/1- On our last birding day we’ll check out of our hotel and visit the Point Pinos lighthouse for Red-crossbill, Arctic Tern, Tricolored Blackbird, Violet-green Swallow, Red-throated Loon, Western Bluebird, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, Cackling Goose, Iceland Gull, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Hooded Oriole, Rufous Hummingbird, Ancient Murrlet, Buller’s Shearwater, and Nuttall’s Woodpecker. Followed by lunch and transportation back to the airport.

The cost for this tour will be $2639.00 per person shared occupancy with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 participants.

5% DISCOUNT FOR TOURS PAID IN FULL 120 DAYS PRIOR TO TOUR
10% deposit is required to reserve your space. $150 of this deposit is not refundable, as we need to book your space on the pelagic tour

Trip DOES NOT include airfare, food, drinks, tips, or other expenses not specifically mentioned in the tour description. The cost DOES include all park entry fees, professional birding guide, shared checklists, all transportation costs, and water & snacks. Please message us directly through Facebook, or call +1-609-553-0757 to book this tour with us, or to request additional information

Rio Grande, TX 7-Day Birding & Butterfly Tour

Green Jay
GREEN JAY

November 5-12, 2020

Cost: 1879.00 per person, 2 person minimum – 4 person maximum

Join Archaeopteryx Birding and Nature Tours this November for a week-long tour of the Rio Grande Valley, TX! Starting November 5th through November 12th, 2020, we’ll visit such iconic places as the Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge, the National Butterfly Center, and the Estero Llano Grande State Park. Also included in the cost is a boat tour on the Rio Grande river- the perfect location for viewing and photographing waders, Long-billed Curlew, and Green and Ringed Kingfishers! We’ll also be targeting such local specialties as Great Kiskadee, Plain Chachalaca, Altamira Oriole, Green Jay, Olive Sparrow, and Pyrrhuloxia. Not only is this area unique for birding and butterflying, but it’s also a known source for delicious Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants! Afternoon/evening activities will alternate between the National Butterfly Center and the parrot roost, depending on what we’d like to see. Here’s a breakdown of our daily morning activities:Day 1: Arrival. Eat dinner and check into hotel. Parrot roost for Red-crowned Parrots and Green Parakeets. Possibility for Yellow-headed and Red-lored Parrots as well.Day 2: Santa Anna NWR for Olive Sparrow. Possibility for Franklin’s Gull, Northern-bearded Tyranulet, and Stilt Sandpiper, as well as wintering ducks and shorebirds.Day 3: Estero Llano Grande State Park for Common Pauraque. Groove-billed Ani, wintering ducks and shorebirds.Day 4: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park for Black-crested Titmouse and possibility for Green Kingfisher.Day 5: Rio Grande River boat tour!Day 6: McAllen Nature Center for Pyrrhuloxia, and wintering warblers.Day 7: Morning birding and butterflying at the National Butterfly Center. Flights home in afternoon or early next morning.We’ll also attempt to locate any rare birds that are reported in our tour area, or visit the Brownsville area depending on remaining time. Cost per person will be $1789. The price includes professional guide, lodging, transportation, park entry fees, and light snacks/water. Rooms will be double-occupancy. A checklist of all birds and butterflies seen will be provided to each participant upon completion of the tour. Please contact us at archaeopteryxtours@gmail.com or call/text 609-553-0757 if you’re interested in more information or to book a space on this tour. Minimum 2 participants to run this trip. See Less

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