Domestic (ABA) Tour General Information (Excludes Florida)

Birds, Butterflies, & Wildflowers of Colorado

Summer 2023

$1450.00 PP Double Occupancy

The climate and elevation of the Colorado Rockies create some of the most beautiful and diverse wildflower displays in North America. Along with these impressive summertime blooms, you’ll be sure to find butterflies, birds, and several species of megafauna taking advantage of the short growing season. Join Archaeopteryx tours in the summer of 2022 to explore the spruce forests and alpine meadows of the region. We’ll stay in Avon, Colorado, just outside of Vail. Besides the natural areas, there’s plenty of opportunity to visit a local brewery or distillery. Here’s a sample itinerary of the places we’ll visit in the region:

Sunday, July 10th: Arrive at the Denver airport no later than 2pm. Travel to the mountains, unpack, and do some light evening birding around the property

Monday, July 11th: A trip to go birding and visit a whiskey distillery! Visit to the Walking Mountains Science Center for Western Wood-Pewee, Broad-tailed, Rufous, and Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Rough-winged and Violet-green Swallows, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Tanager, Cordilleran Flycatcher, MacGillivray’s Warbler, and Western Wood-pewee. Plus various mammals such as Mountain Lion, Mountain Goat, and Beaver. There’s a whiskey distillery on the property Tuesday July 12th: Yeoman Park- Pine Siskin, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Warbling Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Swainson’s Thrush, Wilson’s Warbler, Stellar’ Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Common Raven, Pine Grosbeak, and Lincoln’s Sparrow Wednesday July 13th: Walk along the Salt Creek Bike Path- Black-billed Magpie, Bushtit, Brewer’s Sparrow, White-throated Swift, Mountain Bluebird, Western Meadowlark, Common Raven, Bullock’s Oriole, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, and Virginia’s Warbler

Thursday July 14th: Beaver Creek Ski Area- Canada Jay, Black-headed Grosbeak, Pygmy Nuthatch, and Olive-sided Flycatcher

Friday July 15th: Check out of the resort and Drive back to Denver for flights home. Visit the Vail Nature Center on the way out of town to take a look at their feeders. We should find American Dipper and Cassin’s Finch, plus great views of hummingbirds, butterflies, and other backyard feeder birds.

Price for this tour will be $1450 per person double occupancy. This price includes your airport pickup/dropoff, transportation, any park entry fees, water/snacks, and a checklist of the birds seen on your tour. It does not include your airfare or meals.
*Location may change slightly based on availability at the time of booking. If Avon/Vail is not available, Winter Park may be selected, or even a different city within the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Bird species list and town amenities will be the similar.
**Date may also change slightly due to availability at time of booking


One week of birding on the Big Island of Hawaii

Fall 2023

$3600.00 Per Person Double Occupancy

Minimum 2 – Maximum 3


Join Archaeopteryx Tours for a one-week adventure to see the endemic bird species of Hawaii. This island chain once supported a thriving avian population, which now sadly is ravaged by released pigs, mongooses, disease, and development. But still their birds are hanging on in places like the Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge. We’ll see the iconic bird species such as the Iiwi with its curved bill designed for foraging in flowers and the Nene, the state bird.

September 2nd – Arrive Kona Airport no later than 2pm. Check into Royal Kona Resort, dinner as a group, and introductions.
Bird hotel grounds for Common Waxbill, Yellow-billed Cardinal, and African Silverbill

September 3rd – Palila Discovery Trail and Old Saddle Road, dinner on your own
Discovery Trail – Palila, Erckel’s Francolin, Hawaiian Elepaio (Kona Subspecies), Hawaii Amakihi, Japanese Bush Warbler, Eurasian Skylark. We’ll have to be up very early for this location.
Old Saddle Road – Short-eared Owl (Hawaiian), Black Francolin, Ring-necked Pheasant, and Wild Turkey

September 4th – Hakalau Forest NWR and Old Saddle Road, dinner on your own (4WD, Permit Required). We’ll be meeting with Jack Jeffries, an experienced guide who’s very familiar with the Hawaiian bird species. He’ll help us find the Hawaii Elepaio (Hilo Subspecies), Omao, Apapane, Iiwi, Akiapolaau, Hawaii Creeper, Hawaii Akepa, and Hawaiian Hawk

September 5th – Sandgrouse Fields for Bristle-thighed Curlew, water treatment plant, Old Kona Airport SRA, dinner on your own
water treatment plant – Hawaiian Coot, Black-necked Stilt (Hawaiian Subspecies), Wandering Tattler, Pacific Golden Plover. This will require a long walk from the gated parking area.
Old Kona Airport – Spotted Dove, Yellow-fronted Canary, Saffron Finch, other introduced species
Sandgrouse Fields – Sandgrouse
Golf Course for Bristle-thighed Curlew

September 6th – Pelagic, dinner on your own. Hawaiian Petrel, Black Noddy, White-tailed Tropicbird, Wedge-tailed Shearwater

September 7th – Volcano National Park, Sheraton, End of the World (full day), dinner as a group
Volcano National Park – White-tailed Tropicbird, common endemics and exotics. It’s a long drive from Kona, but worth it. We’ll even be eating dinner at a restaurant over-looking the volcano.
End of the World – Burrowing Parakeet. We’ll have to be there before sunset to see them as they come into roost.

September 8th — Morning birding to target any missed species, afternoon relax, dinner as a group wrap up.
Sheraton Hotel area for Lavender Waxbill if no time previous days.

September 9th – Flights home or to Oahu for extension

Price for this tour will be $3600 per person double occupancy. This price includes your airport pickup/dropoff, transportation, any park entry fees, water/snacks, and a checklist of the birds seen on your tour. It does not include your airfare to the island or meals. We’re looking for a minimum of 2 participants with a max of 3 to be able to run this tour this year.

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 of total tour cost 90-119 days prior to start of tour*

25% Refund of total tour cost 60-89 days prior to start of tour*

*If total cost for tour has not been paid in full refund may not be applicable


CDC and Local Guidelines for Covid-19 will be followed.

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