South Texas is a birder’s paradise at any time of the year. Green Jays, Altamira Orioles and Buff-bellied Hummingbirds are among the wide array of colorful tropical species that are resident. In addition to these, a winter visit adds an incredible array of waterfowl, shorebirds, an increased probability of Mexican vagrants, and the spectacular Whooping Crane! Our Texas: Whooping Cranes & the Lower Rio Grande Valley tour visits a variety of habitats ranging from Chihuahan Desert scrub to sub­tropical woodlands, vast wetlands, beaches and even open ocean. Other targets include Roseate Spoonbill, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Tropical Parula, White-tailed Hawk, Red-crowned Parrot, Plain Chachalaca, Long-billed Thrasher and Olive Sparrow.

Though Colorado is generally known as the Centennial or Colombine State, birders know it as “The Chicken State”! Our Colorado - The Prairie Chicken Tour takes us through topography ranging from the expansive grasslands of southeast Colorado, up onto the high plains and into the deep forests and alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountains in search of the state’s wildfowl. expected highlights include Greater and Lesser Prairie Chicken, Greater and Gunnison’s Sage-Grouse, Sharp-tailed and Dusky Grouse, Mountain Plover, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Rough-legged Hawk, Pinyon Jay and McCown’s Longspur, among many others!

There is nowhere in North America as iconic as Yellowstone National Park. Towering mountains, spewing geysers, vast forests and valleys harbouring the highest megafauna density on the continent make this a must-visit destination for anyone wanting to experience the classic American West. But the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, as it is known by locals and researchers, is much more than what is found within the National Park’s borders, despite its enormous size. The ecosystem includes huge, pristine prairies, alpine crags and meadows, near-arid desert, and the most diverse and lovely scenery one could hope for. 

For birders, a visit to the Yellowstone region means Longspurs parachuting over Mountain Plover chicks, Western Tanagers at the same feeders as Red Crossbills, Black Rosy Finches foraging at the feet of Mountain Goats, Brown-headed Cowbirds on the back of the original bovine of the continent – the Bison. Yellowstone means time spent observing wolves and bears foraging, hunting, in their natural habitats, otters and Barrow’s Goldeneye frolicking in the Lamar River, and some of the most spectacular geothermal sites on Earth.  Any visit to Yellowstone is memorable and unique, but there is so much more to be seen and enjoyed than most visitors could conceive. 



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