South Florida & The Keys: Apr 19—25, 2018

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Price: To Be Announced.
($2,495 in 2017)
Departs: Key West
Tour Limit: 14
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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Rafael Galvez

Rafael Galvez has been birding and illustrating birds since childhood, a dual passion that d...

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Wood Stork colony at Wakodahatchee

Wood Stork colony at Wakodahatchee— Photo: Rafael Galvez


Experience the subtropical settings of the Florida Keys, Everglades, and suburban Miami as we search for many special birds seldom seen elsewhere in the United States.

South Florida is the most truly tropical region in the United States, with habitats, flora, and fauna found nowhere else in the country. A number of the habitats we will visit are found nowhere else in the world, except in the Caribbean. Indeed, more than a dozen species of tropical and West Indian birds reach their northern limits here, and are seldom seen elsewhere within our borders. During the course of this short tour, we will confine our efforts to the southernmost portions of Florida, and focus on finding a variety of specialty birds.

In the mangrove swamps, hardwood hammocks, and sheltered waters of the Florida Keys, we may see Magnificent Frigatebird, “Great White” Heron, White-crowned Pigeon, Mangrove Cuckoo, Antillean Nighthawk, Gray Kingbird, and Black-whiskered Vireo.

In the vast Everglades National Park and environs, we will seek Limpkin, Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, Swallow-tailed and Snail kites, Short-tailed Hawk, Purple Gallinule, and “Cape Sable” Seaside Sparrow.

We will also cover the urban and suburban landscapes of Miami where various parakeets and parrots, Common and Hill mynas, Red-whiskered Bulbuls, and Spot-breasted Orioles are resident. The lakes and canals that crisscross the metropolis are home to established Purple Swamphens and Egyptian Geese.
Comfortable accommodations; birding along roadsides and on short hikes; typically warm and humid, temperature may sometimes reach into the 90s (F), with afternoon showers possible.