See the birds of the world with Golden Gate Audubon!
Visit the stunning monasteries and endless array of wildlife in Bhutan. Explore the vast frontiers of Alaska. Discover the birding wonders of extraordinary national and international destinations. Keep checking back as more 2021 trips are added throughout the coming year. You can experience these adventures and so much more with Golden Gate Audubon.
Do you want to expand your life list while experiencing a different environment or a different culture? If so, consider these upcoming guided trips, all designed especially for GGAS. For information, a detailed itinerary, and registration, please contact GGAS Travel Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each trip includes a registration fee that benefits Golden Gate Audubon’s conservation and environmental education programs. You will not only enjoy a terrific vacation, but you will help support Bay Area bird conservation!
We welcome suggestions for future trips. If you have been on a birding trip that was especially wonderful, experienced a terrific guide, or have a suggestion of an area to visit, please email Daryl, Dawn and Eric at email@example.com
Bhutan – Birding, Mammals, & Monasteries
April 14 – May 2, 2021 (This Session is Full)
May 2 – May 20, 2021
Bhutan, a country roughly the size of Maryland, has almost 600 species of birds. Over 70% of its land is forested with 25% protected by National Parks. We will visit a range of environments varying from sub-tropical at 150m to alpine at over 4,500m. On this 19-day trip, expect to see between 350 and 400 species of birds and 10-15 species of mammals. Our Bhutanese guide
from Langur Eco Travels will not only introduce you to the fauna but also the flora of Bhutan (we’re visiting during the spring rhododendron bloom) and its culture (our trip includes visits to several famous sites, including the Tiger’s Nest Monastery). For questions and registration contact Eric Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost of the trip is $3,980, which does not include the cost of internal or international flights (see the itinerary for information on these.) Single rooms can be arranged for a $25 supplement per night.
Complete description and itinerary for Session 1 can be viewed here.
Complete description and itinerary for Session 2 can be viewed here.
Birding in Alaska
Or, “There’s no place like Nome”
June 3-13, 2021
Explore America’s frontier in the vast state of Alaska! The focus of this tour will be birding and wildlife watching, with some geology and ecology in the mix. We’ll explore several major ecosystems across Alaska, including rugged coastlines, boreal forests, subalpine, and tundra. Many bird species breed and nest in the habitats we’ll visit. Birds we’ll look for include Horned Puffin, Willow Ptarmigan, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Bluethroat. Mammals we hope to see are Moose, Grizzly Bear, Dall Sheep, Caribou, Sea Otter, and Musk Ox. We start in Anchorage and then head to the Kenai Peninsula to explore Kenai Fjords National Park. We then head to Denali National Park. On the way, we’ll explore a portion of the amazing Denali Highway. Returning to Anchorage, we’ll fly to Nome on Alaska’s remote west coast. In this region, we’ll venture out on back roads to explore the subarctic tundra ecosystem.
Ivan Phillipsen Ph.D., co-owner of Wild Latitudes will co-lead this trip.
Cost: $4595 per person, Double Occupancy. Single supplement TBD. No single supplement accommodations available on the Nome portion of the trip. Cost does not include air travel or dinners.
For questions and registration contact Daryl Goldman at email@example.com. A full Itinerary will be available shortly.
September 25 – October 8 with optional Masoala extension, October 8–13
The best word to describe Madagascar’s wildlife is unique. The planet’s fourth largest island, Madagascar is often called the eighth continent because it’s nothing like Africa despite being so close to it. Much of Madagascar’s uniqueness stems from its high rate of endemism—not just on a species level but on a family level. Endemic bird families include grounds rollers (all of which you have a chance to see on this trip), mesites, couas, vangas, asities, and the Cuckoo Roller—it’s both a species and its own family! This endemism extends to mammals we’ll encounter, which include a wide variety of lemurs (Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur, Indri, Golden Bamboo Lemur) and possibly tenrecs (you might want to look this one up!) And let’s not overlook the numerous species of chameleons, too, and even unusual insects like the Giraffe Weevil.
Madagascar is also a country of contrasts and these contrasts include its various ecosystems. On the main trip, we’ll visit two different highland rainforest locations, the grassy plains and mixed forest of the country’s central plateau, and the bizarre spiny forest of the southwest. Those who opt to join the Masoala National Park extension will encounter a lowland rainforest with its own additional unique birds, mammals, and reptiles, and a beautiful beach where you’ll have the option to swim.
Price of main trip (14 days)
5400 euros per person sharing. Single supplement 695 euros. Plus cost of one internal flight.
Price of Masoala extension (5 additional nights)
2402 euros per person sharing, single supplement 250 euros. Plus cost of internal round-trip flight.
Full itinerary coming soon!