Scheduled Eco-Travel Tours

NJ Audubon Eco-Tours feature:

  • Small group size (maximum 12 on most trips)
  • Leader to participant ratio of 1:6 or better on domestic tours
  • Destinations planned to coincide with greatest bird diversity
  • Window seats for all participants on most domestic tours

We offer tours with a variety of paces and goals:

  • Relaxed vacations with nature
  • General ecology exploring a diversity of animal and plant groups, as well as geology
  • General ecology with a focus on birdlife
  • Intensive birding adventures


Tours for 2017

 Delmarva Weekend Van Tour
November 10 To 13, 2017
Late autumn is a wonderful time to visit the bird-rich Delmarva Peninsula.  Visit Bombay Hook and Prime Hook, where huge flocks of waterfowl reside, Bald Eagles hunt and late-season migrants such as pipets, larks and perhaps a longspur may be found.  Base is Chincoteague, Va.  Click here for tour report and species list.

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

Tours for 2018

January 8 to 18/22, 2018 --

Join CMBO Director David La Puma on an exclusive, US led birding program in partnership with Caribbean Conservation Trust, which has been managing bird conservation programs in Cuba for 21 years. This itinerary will take you to Cuba's finest bird habitats, beautiful national parks, diverse biosphere reserves and unique natural areas. Interact with local scientists and naturalists and learn about the ecology and history of the regions. (Optional 4-day extension to Havana Jazz Festival).  Click here for a summary report of this survey.
 WINTER NEW ENGLAND VAN TOUR -- Hurry - only 2 spaces left!
February 16 To 19, 2018

It may be cold, but some of the hottest winter birding in the eastern US is in northeastern Massachusetts.  From our base in Amesbury, 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 trips are spiced with an unexpected alcid.  Led by Scott Barnes.
February 23 to March 1, 2018

Virtually all of the monarch butterflies found east of the Rocky Mountains in the US and Canada migrate to the mountains of central Mexico in the autumn, where they cluster by the thousands in a few small patches of mountain forest at elevations above 10,000 feet in the Transvolcanic Mountain Range.  Join Mark Garland to visit three of the reserves, and get a taste of the history and culture of Mexico.  Sorry, this trip is full.  We are taking a waiting list.
April 16 To 27, 2018  
Portugal possesses a fantastic diversity of habitats in a relatively small area.  Couple this with spring migration for a winning combination of birdwatching, nature exploration and great scenery.  This tour is coordinated through Birds & Nature Tours Portugal, the country's premier tour copany.  Visits include the Tagus and Sado Estuary Nature Reserves, as well as the Alentejo region and Guadiana Vlaley Nature Park.  (Great Bustard photo courtesy P. Marques.)  Sorry, this trip is full.  We are taking a waiting list.
 MICHIGAN: Spring Migration, Kirtland's Warbler and the Upper Peninsula      
May 21 To 29, 2018 -- Sorry, this trip is full.  We are taking a waiting list

Michigan hosts the lion's share of the world's Kirtland's Warbler, has terrific migration hotspots without huge crowds, sought-after boreal breeding birds, and beautiful scenery.  We'll scour migrant traps for Neotropic songbirds, plus late spring raptors and shorebirds, and enjoy the state's diverse breeding birds, including Kirtland's Warbler.  With the right weather conditions, we could see 20 species of warblers in a single day!  We'll also visit scenic Tahquemenon Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi.  Led by Scott Barnes.
May 22 To June 8, 2018

Panama boasts 974 species of birds in an area the size of South Carolina.  Habitats from coastal wetlands to mountain peaks over 11,000 feet offer everything from massive wintering shorebird flocks to secretive treerunners and tapaculos in foggy montane environments.  This neotropical adventure crosses Panama from the Canal Zone to the Chiriqui Highlands, to the Caribbean lowlands of Bocas del Toro.  Led by CMBO Director Dr. David La Puma and expert local guide. 
June 15 TO 18, 2018

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.  We will also visit Lake Placid, and the Adirondack Interpretive Center at Paul Smith's.
July 6 To 14, 2018

North Dakota has more National Wildlife Refuges than any other state in the nation, and is home to the unique geology and rugged landscape that is the Badlands.  We will see specialties such as Ferruginous Hawk, Sprague’s Pipit, and Chestnut-collared Longspur.  We’ll also see a variety of waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and many species whose breeding range is centered on the prairie pothole region.  Led by Scott Barnes 
September 15 To 20, 2018

Its remote location 12 miles offshore, and diverse habitats, make Monhegan one of the top migrant traps on the East Coast.  We'll observe some of the incredible arra of birds that reside on, or visit, this island, such as flycatchers, thrushes, vireos, warblers (over 20 species possible), alcids, shearwaters, jaegers and raptors passing by.  We leave our vehicles on the mainland and soak it all in -- wonderful birding, breathtaking scenery and an enchanting atmosphere!  Led by Brett Ewald. 
September 26 To October 10, 2018

Join CMBO Director Dr. David La Puma and long-time Cape May native son and raptor aficionado Clay Sutton for two weeks enjoying one of the great migrations in Europe.  Dates coincide with the peak of raptor and waterfowl migration, and the late season peak of finch and tit movements.  But like Cape May, even when the weather is not conducive to migration, there are plenty of places to go and birds to see!
Mid-November, 2018

Late autumn is a wonderful time to visit the bird-rich Delmarva Peninsula.  Visit Bombay Hook and Prime Hook where huge flocks of waterfowl reside, Bald Eagles hunt and late-season migrants such as pipets, larks and perhaps a longspur may be found.  Base is Chincoteague, Va.

Tours for 2019

Sneak peek on new international destination

February 16 To 24, 2019

The Peruvian Amazon offers fantastic wildlife viewing.  Birding, photography, fun and relaxation…all from our 150-foot deluxe riverboat!  Leaders will include Dale Rosselet, and Kevin Karlson, along with expert local guides.    We are partnering with Kevin Loughlin of Wildside Nature Tours for this exclusive opportunity.  Click on this link for more information:  http://wildsidenaturetours.com/amazon

Our 2018 schedule is complete.
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and species lists from previous years.

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To register, please complete the following Registration Form. Please note that your space on an eco-tour is not secured until both deposit and completed Registration Form have been received by our office.
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NJ Audubon makes every attempt to avoid canceling a tour, but does so when the minimum number of participants is not attained. In the event a tour is cancelled, we look to reschedule it in the future. Thank you for your understanding.

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

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

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