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
Birding in Oaxaca, Mexico
January 17 to January 27, 2021
Harboring about ten percent of Earth’s biodiversity, Mexico is one of the most biologically rich countries in the world. During this natural adventure, we’ll explore and learn about some of that richness as we travel through the valley of Oaxaca, the bordering sierras, and the lovely Pacific coast.
Tropical deciduous forest, shade-grown coffee plantations, the lush evergreen forests of the Sierra Norte and the Sierra Madre del Sur, mangroves, beaches, and the arid scrub of the Oaxaca valley make up the varied sites we’ll visit as we enjoy the birds, natural history, and culture of southern Mexico. During our journey, we’ll experience fantastic birding as we search for species such as dwarf jay, red warbler, bumblebee hummingbird, mountain and citreoline trogons, white-throated magpie jay, ocellated thrasher, Oaxaca sparrow, gray-breasted woodpecker, gray- barred wren, russet-crowned motmot, spot-breasted oriole, and many others. We’ll also tour the Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban, visit a master weaver in Teotitlan del Valle, tour the Oaxacan Cultural Museum, enjoy a boat trip through a gorgeous mangrove estuary, and spend an unforgettable day with Seasons of My Heart Cooking School as we tour the Mercado Abastos, enjoy a superb lecture on regional farming, culture and cuisine, and savor a delicious lunch.
In addition to the natural wonders, a major trip highlight will be the unique and superb lodging situations. All have warm hospitality and terrific views, and some have great birding right outside your front door. Oaxaca also has the best and most interesting food of any Latin American trip we do.
Led by naturalist and bird guide Mark Pretti and local guide Benito Hernandez.
Cost: $3,350 – $3400 per person, double occupancy; $330 single supplement. Limit 8 people
Full itinerary coming soon.
If you are interested, want to register, or have any questions, please contact Daryl Goldman at travelprogram@
Bhutan – Birding, Mammals, & Monasteries
April 14 – May 2, 2021 (This Session is Full)
May 2 – May 20, 2021 (This session is full. Waitlist available)
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. Please do not contact the trip vendor.
For questions and registration contact Daryl Goldman at email@example.com.
Palm Deserts and the Salton Sea
January 25 to January 29, 2021
On this five-day tour, explore California’s unique Mojave and Coloradan desert systems to search for specialized avifauna and other wildlife adapted to thrive in arid conditions PLUS the wildly scenic and wonderfully eccentric Salton Sea. Travel as a small group with desert-experienced nature & bird guides from Nature Trip to visit San Andreas fault Geothermal zones; High Desert, Joshua Tree habitats; Native Washington Palm Desert Oasis; the ultra-rich delta of the Imperial Valley, the incomparable Salton Sea; and Anza Borrego, California’s largest state park.
Estimated Expedition fees for this 4 night / 5 day trip: $1,450 per person USD, based on double occupancy; Single Supplement of $400
Click HERE for the full itinerary.
More questions? Contact GGAS Travel Coordinator Dawn Lemoine at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ready to register? Contact Dawn first. She will put you in touch with Nature Trip. Please do not contact the trip vendor first.
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.
Click here for a full itinerary.
Click here for description of travel in Madagascar.
Click here for general information on birding tours from Birding Ecotours.
For more information on this program contact Eric Schroeder at email@example.com. To register for the program contact Chris Lotz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact the Trip Vendor first.
Namibia and Botswana Safari
August 12-24 and August 25-September 6th
Back by popular demand! On this trip to Namibia and Botswana with Birding Ecotours, you will traverse amazingly diverse ecosystems from the Atlantic Ocean to the Namib Desert, the Erongo Mountains, Etosha National Park with its huge salt pan, the mixed woodland of the Caprivi Strip, and finally the Okavango Delta. This diversity ensures an unusually high number of mammal and bird species. Mammals we may encounter include Lion, Cheetah, African Elephant, Giraffe, Black Rhino, Honey Badger, and a huge array of antelope species. Target birds include Pel’s Fishing Owl, Blue Crane, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Martial Eagle, African Pygmy Falcon, and various bee-eaters, kingfishers, babblers, and larks (for a complete list of birds from our 2019 trip, click here).
For the itinerary for the Botswana to Namibia trip (August 12-24), click here.
For the itinerary for the Namibia to Botswana trip (August 25-September 6), click here.
For more information on this program contact Eric Schroeder at email@example.com. To register for the program contact Chris Lotz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact the trip vendor first.
Iceland: Birds, Botany, and Geology
June 28 to July 8, 2021
You’ve probably heard that Iceland is a great place to visit for nature travelers. It’s true! This small island nation in the North Atlantic is like nowhere else in the world. Iceland’s combination of geologic wonders, abundant and ever-present bird life, and a subtle but fascinating ora make it a delightful country to explore.
Iceland emerged from the sea less than 20 million years ago as a great cluster of lava-spewing volcanic fissures. During the last Ice Age, the entire island was covered in thousands of feet of glacial ice. All life on the island today has descended from colonizing plants and animals that arrived after the Ice Age, which ended only 12,000 years ago. The plants and wildlife of Iceland are an interesting mix of European and North American species, as well as species representing either boreal or arctic environments. The low human population density on the island has allowed for nature to dominate Iceland’s beautiful landscapes.
What this far-flung land lacks in bird species diversity, it makes up for in sheer avian spectacle. Birds are singing, nesting, and foraging seemingly everywhere you go in Iceland. Millions of puffins and other seabirds crowd seaside cliffs while shorebirds and waterbirds are practically underfoot in many fields and wetlands. Their songs and cries fill the air 24 hours a day in the perpetual summer daylight. Naturalists who also love geology will get their fill of stunning volcanic landscapes, many of which have been sculpted over millenia by glaciers or the pounding sea.
For a full itinerary of this trip, click here.
Cost: $4,795 per person, double occupancy; $1400 single supplement. Limit 14 people.
To sign up for this trip, it is important that you contact Dawn Lemoine at email@example.com first. After verifying openings, she will put you in contact with Wild Latitudes. Please do not contact the trip vendor.