This trip highlights the best of migration on the Atlantic Flyway. We will bird Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Hammonasset State Park, and other critical stopover sites on the New York and Connecticut coasts. These urban oases concentrate large numbers of shorebirds, wading birds, raptors and songbirds into a small area, making it a birder’s dream. Diverse habitats - coastal mudflat, sandy beach, marsh, pond, bay, field, woods and thicket - attract an amazing variety of birds, some of which can be hard to locate in Massachusetts. Highlights are black skimmer, Cory’s shearwater, Caspian and royal terns, little blue heron, yellow-crowned night heron, clapper rail, American golden-plover, whimbrel, oystercatcher, marbled godwit, red knot, peregrine falcon, saltmarsh and seaside sparrows any many more shorebirds, hawks, and warblers. If rarities are reported, we will track them down!
We maintain a low participant-leader ratio for all of our overnight programs. As a result, our guests have an easier time finding and seeing wildlife, and leaders have more time for individualized interactions with each participant. These programs are open to everyone age 18 and older. Fees include all ground and boat transportation, interpretive materials, entrance fees, and lodging unless otherwise noted. Fees are based on double occupancy; optional single rooms available for a supplemental fee except where noted.