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Program #11908RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
No elevation is above 100 ft

Equipment Requirements
Binoculars (Spotting Scope also recommended)

Itinerary for Feb 10 — Feb 15, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: All spacious studio suites with separate areas for living, eating/working and sleeping. Free high speed Internet access, local phone calls and faxes, fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment. Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free high-speed Internet access Flat panel 32 inch high definition televisions.

Contact info:
3798 White Lake Blvd
Naples, FL 34117 USA
phone: 239-352-2234
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rswns-springhill-suites-naples/

Room amenities: Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Separate areas for eating/working, relaxing and sleeping. Spacious studio style suites.

Facility amenities: Complimentary on-site parking . Outdoor Pool. Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Car Rental nearby: Enterprise, 1-239-455-1413 Vending machines

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $189
Contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 10 - Orientation/Dinner/Movie
Afternoon: 5:00 PM Orientation at hotel prior to dinner.

Dinner:

Evening: Big Cypress Movie

Lodging: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All spacious studio suites with separate areas for living, eating/working and sleeping. Free high speed Internet access, local phone calls and faxes, fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment. Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free high-speed Internet access Flat panel 32 inch high definition televisions.

Contact info:
3798 White Lake Blvd
Naples, FL 34117 USA
phone: 239-352-2234
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rswns-springhill-suites-naples/

Room amenities: Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Separate areas for eating/working, relaxing and sleeping. Spacious studio style suites.

Facility amenities: Complimentary on-site parking . Outdoor Pool. Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Car Rental nearby: Enterprise, 1-239-455-1413 Vending machines

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $189
Contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 11 - Visit to Eagle Lakes Community Park, Freedom Park...
Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation

Breakfast:

Morning: Early morning birding as a group around the restored Cypress Swamp in Eagle Lakes Community Park where a series of water management ponds host a variety of marsh birds including more Anhingas, Green Herons, Blue-winged Teal, a gorgeous drake Eurasian Wigeon and more.

Lunch: Picnic style lunch at Eagle Lakes Park or other suitable location.

Afternoon: Depart for Freedom Park and Naples Beaches.This is the place right in the heart of Naples for the nature lovers! This park include a 5-acre lake with approximately 3500 feet of boardwalk constructed throughout the park. Existing on the site wetlands have been restored via removal of exotic vegetation and planting of native species.

Dinner:

Lodging: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All spacious studio suites with separate areas for living, eating/working and sleeping. Free high speed Internet access, local phone calls and faxes, fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment. Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free high-speed Internet access Flat panel 32 inch high definition televisions.

Contact info:
3798 White Lake Blvd
Naples, FL 34117 USA
phone: 239-352-2234
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rswns-springhill-suites-naples/

Room amenities: Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Separate areas for eating/working, relaxing and sleeping. Spacious studio style suites.

Facility amenities: Complimentary on-site parking . Outdoor Pool. Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Car Rental nearby: Enterprise, 1-239-455-1413 Vending machines

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $189
Contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 12 - Visit to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary with its i...
Visit to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary with its impressive boardwalk trail.

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation

Breakfast:

Morning: Early morning birding at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Passerines, herons and limpkins. Terrain includes old growth cypress swamp, freshwater marsh and pine flatwoods.

Lunch: Picnic style lunch at Corkscrew or other suitable location.

Afternoon: Field trip into agricultural area looking for crested caracaras and sandhill cranes. Terrain is modified cattle pastures, open prairie grasslands and roadside waterways.

Dinner: Including review of day's birding and prospects for the following day.

Lodging: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All spacious studio suites with separate areas for living, eating/working and sleeping. Free high speed Internet access, local phone calls and faxes, fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment. Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free high-speed Internet access Flat panel 32 inch high definition televisions.

Contact info:
3798 White Lake Blvd
Naples, FL 34117 USA
phone: 239-352-2234
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rswns-springhill-suites-naples/

Room amenities: Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Separate areas for eating/working, relaxing and sleeping. Spacious studio style suites.

Facility amenities: Complimentary on-site parking . Outdoor Pool. Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Car Rental nearby: Enterprise, 1-239-455-1413 Vending machines

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $189
Contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 13 - Birding at Tigertail Beach County Park on Marco I...
Birding at Tigertail Beach County Park on Marco Island / Boardwalk at Fakahatchee Preserve "“the Amazon of North America.”

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation

Breakfast:

Morning: Shorebird researcher led walk along Tiger Tail Beach, Marco Island. A large shallow lagoon there provides important wintering habitat for an array of shorebirds. Like much of the wildlife we will observe on the program, the birds here are exceptionally tame and include five species of plover. Tips on identifying those pesky LBJs and other shorebirds. Terrain sandy beach and coastal mangrove habitat.

Lunch: Picnic style lunch at Eagle Lakes Park

Afternoon: Walk Fakahatchee State Preserve looking for bald eagles, anhingas,ospreys, owls and raptors.The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park hosts a wide array of habitats and forest types from the wetter swamps and prairies to the drier islands of tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rock lands.

Dinner: Including review of birds seen and prospects for following day.

Lodging: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All spacious studio suites with separate areas for living, eating/working and sleeping. Free high speed Internet access, local phone calls and faxes, fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment. Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free high-speed Internet access Flat panel 32 inch high definition televisions.

Contact info:
3798 White Lake Blvd
Naples, FL 34117 USA
phone: 239-352-2234
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rswns-springhill-suites-naples/

Room amenities: Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Separate areas for eating/working, relaxing and sleeping. Spacious studio style suites.

Facility amenities: Complimentary on-site parking . Outdoor Pool. Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Car Rental nearby: Enterprise, 1-239-455-1413 Vending machines

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $189
Contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 14 - Shore birding at Bunche Beach / Ding Darling Nati...
Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation

Breakfast:

Morning: Early morning birding at Bunche Beach, a wonderful place to see hundreds of waders and particularly shorebirds (mostly in winter). All five plovers can be seen here as well as Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Skimmer, peeps, and if you're lucky, Long-billed Curlew, Common Loon (in winter) and American White Pelican. Reddish Egrets are common. Rarities have included Surf Scoter and Pomerine Jaegar.

Lunch: Picnic style at Bowman's Beach Park.

Afternoon: Birding at Ding Darling. One of the first national wildlife refuges established in the USA is located on Sanibel Island and offers the birder an easy opportunity to view pelicans, wading birds including Roseate Spoonbills and shorebirds. There are birding platforms and overlooks (Red Mangrove Overlook) as well, where one may get lucky and see Mangrove Cuckoo (late spring through mid-summer at the area near the Red Mangrove Overlook). It is also one of the best places to view American White Pelicans in winter.

Dinner: Farewell dinner with review of birds seen and prospects for following day. Also answers to Bird Quiz.

Lodging: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 15 - Six Mile Cypress boardwalk/Return shuttle to RSW ...
Six Mile Cypress boardwalk/Return shuttle to RSW Airport and back to the hotel

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation

Breakfast: Breakfast then hotel check-out.

Morning: Birding along Six Mile Cypress boardwalk. Variety of warblers, woodpeckers, herons and possibly waterfowl. Mixed topography of open ponds and cypress swamp.

Lunch: After Ft Myers airport shuttle will return to Naples hotel with remaining participants

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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