Weekend Van Tours 2018

We've put together a few weekend getaways "close to home" that focus on seasonal hotspots.  Scheduled to coincide with traditional three-day holiday weekends, these trips are a great way to take a mini-vacation without the expense of extensive air travel.  Tours will focus on birds as well as the unique natural history of the area.


February 16 to 19, 2018  
Click here for tour report and species list

Join Scott Barnes and Linda Mack for a long weekend of great winter birding. It may be cold, but some of the hottest winter birding in the eastern US in early winter is centered around northeastern Massachusetts.  From our base in Amesbury, Massachusetts, we'll visit a variety of coastal areas where scoters, eiders, loons, "white-winged" gulls, Razorbills, and raptors are found, while enjoying the quintessential rocky coastlines and scenic harbors emblematic of New England.  In some years, the birding is spiced with an unexpected alcid or two, higher than normal numbers of Rough-legged Hawks, or owls, or Northern Shrikes.  We;ll keep our ears open for special rarities inthis well-covered area where unusual birds are often found.

Package includes: Round trip van transportation from Bernardsville, NJ to Amesbury, Massachusetts, three nights' accommodations, tour leadership and entrance fees.

April 27 To 30, 2018

Head south to greet spring on the Delmarva Peninsula!  Our visit coincides with the beginning of peak spring migration through the region.  Varied habitats from coastal wetlands and impoundments, to hardwood swamp forests in the lower Pocomoke River, through barrier islands of Chincioteague will ensure a long list of interesting birds.  We'll plan to visit Bombay Hook, Blackwater and Chicoteague NWRs, Pocomoke River State Park, and other rural and scenic byways of Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

Package includes: Round trip van transportation from Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury, NJ to Maryland/Virginia, three nights' accommodations, tour leadership and entrance fees.

June 15 to 18, 2018  

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 Click here for tour report and species list from our 2016 tour

Join Scott Barnes and Linda Mack for a long weekend of great birding and natural history. The northern Adirondack Mountains provide one of the last, unspoiled wilderness areas in the northeast. Over 6,000 square miles of rugged peaks, rocky slopes, pine/spruce forests, and wetlands are both beautiful and bird-rich. From our base in Saranac Lake, we'll day trip to nearby bogs, boreal forests, and mountains in search of Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Olive-sided & Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Mourning Warbler, and "winter" finches. We'll also focus on boreal flora, alpine plants, and butterflies like fritillaries, tortoiseshells, and checkerspots. Participants will also have a chance to visit Lake Placid and the Adirondack Interpretive Center at Paul Smith's.

Package includes: Round trip van transportation from Bernardsville, NJ to upstate NY, three nights' accommodations, tour leadership and entrance fees.

Our days in the field usually begin about 7:00 a.m. and will end about 6:00 p.m. The trips involve easy walking on flat ground and some moderately strenuous hikes on hilly terrain, depending on the habitat focus of the tour.

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

TOUR SIZE:  Travel during these tours will be in vans, with no more than 7 participants plus a leader in one "12 person" van. Tour size is limited to 12 participants.
All weekend getaways include transportation by van from New Jersey.

PRICE:  The price for the four-day/three night weekend is $599 per person, based on double occupancy.  Single supplement (if you request single occupancy, or we are unable to locate a suitable roommate for you) is $109.  A deposit of $50, along with a completed registration form, will secure your space.  Final payment is due 30 days prior to departure date.  See individual tour descriptions above for details on each tour.

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

Please make checks payable t New Jersey Audubon

 by email to travel@njaudubon.org

:  Scott Barnes is Bird Programs Director for NJ Audubon's "All Things Birds" and Assistant Director of Eco-Travel.  He has led birding trips to the Adirondacks and Delmarva regions for over 15 years.  Linda Mack is an Associate Naturalist, Eco-Tour leader, and board member with NJ Audubon.  Linda also has many years experience birding New York, Delaware and Virginia.          


If you have specific questions about the weekend van tour itineraries, please contact Scott Barnes directly at Plainsboro Preserve, 609-897-9400, or by email at scott.barnes@njaudubon.org


For tour itineraries, to register, or for more information contact:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel at: (609)-400-3852
c/o NJ Audubon Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
or email 

If you are not a member, consider Joining New Jersey Audubon.  

Photos courtesy of NJ Audubon Staff and Archives, unless otherwise noted.