Baja: West Coast and Sea of Cortez
LIMITED AVAILABILITY AND REDUCED PRICE $3750.00
March 26 - April 6, 2019
This is one of my favorite tours and I’ve enjoyed leading it for the Oceanic Society and Wild Wings for over twenty years. Simply put, the Pacific coastal zones of the Baja peninsula and Sea of Cortez are feeding and migratory regions for the greatest variety of whales, dolphins and other cetaceans on the planet. Blue, Humpback, Fin, Sperm and Bryde’s Whales some of the cetaceans we encounter. This tour includes two days in San Ignacio Lagoon, an extraordinary habitat where Gray Whale mothers approach our skiffs with their young calves, often close enough to touch. Laysan and Black-footed Albatross, Black-vented Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri’s Murrelet, Blue-footed and Brown Booby are some of the many seabirds seen on this expedition. In total over 120 species of birds are usually seen including Reddish Egret, Xantus’ Hummingbird, Gray Thrasher, Black-throated Sparrow and Pyrrhuloxia. Although diverse wildlife, wonderful snorkeling and rocky, desert landscapes are awesome this special tour offers a unique opportunity to escape to tranquil sites far from the stresses of modern civilization.
This cruise is sponsored by Wild Wings.
Estero Trail Discovery Hike
April 22, 2019
sponsored by Point Reyes Field Institute
The peak wildflower bloom is always an excellent time to take a richly diverse, eight-mile walk along the Estero Trail to Drake’s Head overlooking Limantour Estero. Pausing to view the diversity of wildflowers and other plants along the trail will give us an opportunity to rest along the way. Of course, we will also stop to view the many grebes, scoters, shorebirds, and other water birds that are migrating and feeding in the rich estuaries. Many land birds will already be in the midst of nesting activity and we will identify them by voice and sight. Join us for a full day of natural history exploration in a less visited part of Point Reyes National Seashore. Expect to hike most of the day on uneven trails.
Mono Lake: Birds and Natural History
August 2 -4, 2019
sponsored by the Mono Lake Committee
This field seminar will concentrate on the identification and ecology of birds that breed in the Mono Basin and others that migrate by Mono Lake during the summer. In sagebrush meadows and riparian and montane forests, the class will explore a number of sites, mixing short leisurely walks with periods of observation and natural history discussion. Woodpeckers, corvids, flycatchers, warblers, and other passerines display fascinating, varied behaviors. A major focus will be Mono Lake and other wetlands where phalaropes and other shorebirds feed. This class will also focus on the diverse plant life found from subalpine meadows to riparian and sagebrush steppe habitats. The unique geology of the Mono Basin is an additional theme of this outing. Canoeing on the lake, a special way to experience this special habitat will be a feature of this class.
Exploring the Tomales Bay Watershed
Tomales Bay is one of the most productive and dynamic estuaries on the California coast. This class will be a unique opportunity to explore the watershed from its headwaters to the terminus of Lagunitas Creek as it flows into the bay. Our first walk will be on the slopes of Mt Tamalpais. The firs and oaks here are the home of Black-throated Gray Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker and Calypso Orchid. Our second creek walk will be below Alpine Lake through a riparian canyon. Another walk along the creek is near Samuel P Taylor State Park where the creek now flows widely by large alder, willow and maple trees. Redwoods tower above the side canyons here. Our final walk will be to a point overlooking the Giacomini wetlands where Lagunitas Creek flows into Tomales Bay. There are few watersheds such as this where one can travel from the headwaters to its tidal mouth in a relatively small area. Come join us to explore these unique and diverse sites that are joined by the waters flowing through them.
June 21-24, 2019
Public lands north of Mt Shasta and south of Crater Lake have a wonderful diversity of habitats to explore on this special four-day birding tour. Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Klamath Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Lava Beds National Monument are some of the areas we’ll explore on this natural history outing. Uncommon birds such as Black Tern, Wilson’s Phalarope, Sandhill Crane, White-headed Woodpecker, Calliope Hummingbird, Townsend’s Solitaire, Green-tailed Towhee and Yellow-headed Blackbird are just some of the many species that nest here. Raptors are especially rich, and may include Swainson’s Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Osprey, Northern Goshawk, Nothern Harrier, Bald and Golden Eagle. Several species of owls are found in the area. Plants are equally diverse as we explore sagebrush meadows, conifer forests of the Cascades and wetlands. A canoe exploration of the marshes of Upper Klamath Lake can be a great way to see Black Terns, Yellow-headed Blackbird, eagles and osprey. Our base for this unique birding and wildlife exploration will be the comfortable and delightful High Serenity Ranch lodge, located on a 1000 acre private nature preserve near the town of Sprague River, OR. Tour is sponsored by Blue Waters Kayaking; fees includes three nights lodging and home cooked meals each day.
October 20 - November 9, 2019
Join David as he takes a small group to explore the birds, lemurs, chameleon, other wildlife and plants of this unique island.
Spitsbergen: A Natural History Cruise
July 18 - 28, 2020
sponsored by Speyside Wildlife
Get just 600 miles from the North Pole
Aboard the ice-reinforced, small-group, MV Pancius
Cruise right round the island of Spitsbergen
Ivory Gull, Red Phalarope,millions of Dovekies and many other birds.
Arctic Fox, Reindeer and Polar Bears
Ice-floes with Walrus, seals and Belugas
Generally mild and settled weather and the sun doesn’t set