SW LOUISIANA: Cheniers, Cypress Swamps and Cameron Parish
April 21 to 28, 2017
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Coastal Louisiana offers marvelous spring birding without the crowds of the nearby Upper Texas Coast. Our trip will sample some of the many interesting habitats found here, including a visit to the Atchafalaya Swamp—one of the largest intact bottomland swamps in the nation, coastal prairies and rice fields that teem with ducks, herons, shorebirds, and terns; and coastal cheniers—oak woodlands along the Gulf of Mexico that can be loaded with colorful warblers and other Neotropic migrants. Birds we’ll do our best to see include Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Reddish Egret, Swallow-tailed & Mississippi Kites, King Rail, Purple Gallinule, Snowy & Wilson’s Plovers, Long-billed Curlew, Hudsonian Godwit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Cave Swallow, Swainson’s Warbler, Bachman’s Sparrow, and Painted Bunting. This tour has only two hotel changes.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY
PACE, WEATHER, AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS: Our days in the field usually begin about 7:00 a.m. and will end no later than 6:00 p.m. The trip involves easy walking on flat ground. Temperatures will be warm to hot, with high humidity. Expect a temperature range from lows in the mid-50's to highs in the mid-70's. Rain or thunderstorms are always possible, so bring a poncho or rain jacket. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and no-see-ums may be present. Travel during this tour 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.
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.
DATES: Friday April 21, 2017 (meet at our hotel in Lafayette at 7:00 p.m.) to Friday April 28, 2017 (flights home anytime that day)
PRICE: Cost for this tour is $2,095 based on double occupancy; single supplement (if you request single occupancy, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you) is $370. A deposit of $500 will hold your place until February 22, 2017 when full payment becomes due.
PRICE INCLUDES: Hotel accommodations for seven nights, tour leadership, ground transportation while in Louisiana, ferry fees, and entry fees. It does not include meals or airfare to/from Lafayette.
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NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
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