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Nature and Wildlife Tours

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Everglades National Park      

Available December through April

Florida’s unique location as a peninsula gateway between temperate regions and the tropics makes it one of the greatest bird viewing locations anywhere on earth. Tremendous numbers of migrants fly into or through Florida each year, with many congregating in spectacular natural environments along the way. And we have selected the best of the best of these places as destinations for our annual Nature and Wildlife Tours.

Note that these are our own groups, and are led by our own knowledgeable staff. We drive the van, we go where we want, and we set the schedule to suit ourselves. When we see something interesting we stop, get out the binoculars, spotting scope, and cameras, and just enjoy the moment. When everyone has had their fill, we move along. No lengthy hikes are necessary on any of these trips, although the opportunity exists for the more adventurous among us. Our destinations teem with so much wildlife that we can “road hunt” in comfort; something new and exciting always awaits us around the next bend! Our naturalists are pretty darn good at finding fascinating critters, and also quite good at explaining their habits and natural history. You need no prior experience; we accommodate first time nature lovers as well as experienced birders, and both amateur and professional photographers. Frankly, we love going to these places ourselves, and delight in pointing out natural wonders to new eyes. Group size is limited, ensuring personal satisfaction for everyone. We all have a great time, and we learn something new on every trip. Join us!

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore (MINWR) is the place for waterfowl and shorebirds. We've seen the skies darkened by tens of thousands of ducks of a dozen species; observed the unusual feeding habits of hundreds of gigantic White Pelicans; watched a Peregrine Falcon literally tear through the sky as it chose a meal from a flock of Lesser Yellowlegs. A Bald Eagle engaged in an aerial dogfight with an Osprey, over some fishy meal. Rare birds include the Roseate Spoonbill, the Reddish Egret, and numbers of Scrub Jays.

With America’s Space Shuttle in the background we’ve watched Northern Gannets dive headlong into schools of baitfish where Horned Grebes, Common Loons, and Red Breasted Mergansers swam in pursuit. Finally, Manatees gather at a viewing area almost within arm’s reach. The list goes on and on; during most trips to MINWR we have observed and identified more than 70 species.

Everglades National Park (ENP) is rightly one of the most popular of our national parks. Vast panoramas encompass pristine portions of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ archetype “River of Grass” Everglades. Forests of tropical hardwood trees are festooned with orchids, bromeliads, and ferns. Birdlife is abundant; winter drydown concentrates herons, egrets, and the endangered Wood Stork sometimes into teeming throngs. Nesting Anhingas are found along the trail bearing their name, but so are rare Purple Gallinules and Least Bitterns. We have seen Bald Eagles, Swallowtailed Kites, Broadwinged Hawks, and other raptors.

ENP is of course a great place to see American Alligators up close and personal, but it is also the only place in the country where we have a good chance of finding the incredibly rare American Crocodile as well. With the approach of evening, vast rookeries of birds gather around us. Typically our groups see more than 60 species.

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Nature and Wildlife Tours

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Merritt Island NWR

Everglades N'tl Park