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Birding Bermuda: Endemics and Migrants on an Oceanic Island

Program Number: 15869RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/26/2015 - 11/1/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Bermuda
Price starting at: $2,225.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding; Independent City Discoveries
Meals: 18; 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Kosher; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

While Bermuda is known for its beauty and relaxing lifestyle, few mainland birders realize the incredible ornithological opportunities this remote island offers. These 21 square miles and surrounding waters are a beacon to millions of migratory birds each year. Among the more than 350 species recorded in Bermuda are some of the rarest birds on earth. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran, learn to identify passing migrants and hear the incredible success stories of habitat and species conservation that have taken place in Bermuda.




Highlights

• Enjoy birding Bermuda and benefit from the leadership of ornithological experts from the Audubon Society.
• Learn a bit more about the work at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Bermuda's underwater world
• Search for the elusive Cahow, Bermuda’s national bird that was brought back from the brink of extinction.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven, hilly terrain.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival St. George's, 6 nights; departure.



Independent Flight from the U.S.A.
Independent Taxi transfer to BIOS (10 minutes)
Arrival St. George’s
6 nights
Arranged taxi departure, Independent transfer
Departure

Begin with an introduction to birding in Bermuda and observe common and migrant species on trails near the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Hike around Spittal Pond to add several species to your personal observation list, then hear a lecture by noted ornithologist Dr. David Wingate, credited with rescuing the Cahow species, Bermuda’s national bird. Share knowledge with expert guides from the Audubon Society and observe lesser-known native species from the raised boardwalk of Paget Marsh. Onboard a BIOS research vessel at dusk, keep your eyes peeled to maybe spot a Cahow on the wing, a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. Travel by boat to Bermuda's most pristine and restricted nature reserve where an officer from the Living Museum Project discusses current restoration efforts. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of St. George’s with your guide.




Bermuda

Perhaps its motto, Quo Fata Ferunt, or “Whither the Fates Carry Us,” best sums up Bermuda’s history, attitude and culture. Bermuda is Britain’s oldest colony, and the oldest remaining British overseas territory. However, that colonial formalism is balanced by an eclectic array of influences brought to the island by a variety of cultures, including Africa, Portugal and the Americas.



Accommodations
Rustic and well-appointed, fan-cooled dormitory-style rooms at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Most meals are taken on the back porch, which offers beautiful views of Ferry Reach and Castle Harbour. Bedrooms are on second floor; no elevator.
Meals and Lodgings
   BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
  St. Georges, Bermuda 6 nights
 BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Contact info: Ferry Reach
St. Georges,  GE 01 Bermuda
phone: +4412971880
web: www.bios.edu
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: 99.00 a night Rooms are available post-program only - additional nights prior to the program cannot be accommodated. Three additional nights allowed at special price. After that, regular rates and availability apply. Extra meals are 20.00/meal * Prices subject to change
  Additional nights after: 99.00 a night Rooms are available post-program only - additional nights prior to the program cannot be accommodated. Three additional nights allowed at special price. After that, regular rates and availability apply. Extra meals are 20.00/meal * Prices subject to change
  Check out time: 3:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:00 pm on Monday You will be staying at BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences) that night.
  End of Program:
8:45 on Saturday eve with Sunday departures You will be staying at BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is highly recommended for entry into Bermuda and, as of January 2007, is REQUIRED for re-entry into the US. It is recommended that participants apply for a national passport early as the passport application process can take some time.
  Parking availability:
Available if necessary;
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Bus is available but the taxi ride will be less expensive if you share.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Georges
  Nearest city or town:  St. Georges
  Nearest airport:  Bermuda International Airport
  Transportation to site: It is the responsibility of the participants to take a taxi ride from the airport for the 10 minute transfer to BIOS. Approximate cost $20 per taxi. We provide Road Scholar stickers to assist you in locating other students and to allow you to share taxis when possible.
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Georges
  Transportation from site: We will arrange taxis for the return trip to the airport at a cost of approximately $20 per taxi.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Elevation Note: Bermuda is a low lying island with gentle hills so high elevations are not a problem.

Equipment Requirements: No special equipment is required.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals/Orientation
(Monday, October 26)
   
 Lunch: No lunch served
 Afternoon: Participants will arrive throughout the afternoon and check in. Tea and Coffee are available.
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Orientation with Road Scholar Coordinator and introductions
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Spittal Pond
(Tuesday, October 27)

Note: 1.5 mile walk



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Hike to Ferry Point Park followed by a lecture on Birding in Bermuda
 Lunch: Lunch at BIOS
 Afternoon: A guided tour of Spittal Pond bird sanctuary. Hiking over some uneven ground, approximately 2 miles. Return to BIOS for a wine and cheese reception.
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Lecture and movie on the restoration of Bermuda's national bird, the Cahow (Bermuda Petrel).
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Golf courses for waterfoul
(Wednesday, October 28)

Note: 1.5 mile walk



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Coach tour of Eastern end of island to spot migrants and natives in the grasslands, mudflats and cliffs. Time for a swim in a cove before lunch!
 Lunch: Lunch at BIOS
 Afternoon: Tour of Paget Marsh: easy hike along raised boardwalk through mangrove and sawgrass habitats.
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Evening boat trip to look for seabirds and possibly a glimpse of a cahow.
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Boat ride for cahow spotting
(Thursday, October 29)

Note: offshore boat ride



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Day Trip Reserve Birding
 Lunch: Lunch at BIOS
 Afternoon: Tour of scientific facilities at BIOS with explanation of current research. Following this, we move to the Olde Towne of St. George to explore the historic sites there.
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Field trip to Coopers Island or other nature reserve to view migratory birds in the early evening.
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Coopers Island Nature reserve
(Friday, October 30)

Note: 1.5 mile walk with hills at Royal Navy Dockyard



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Coach to Western end of island to explore Fort Scaur and Somerset Long Bay. Shorebirds and warblers may be found in these areas and nearby reserve land.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Royal Naval Dockyard.
 Afternoon: Explore the Maritime Museumm Dolphin Quest and the Craft Market, all situated in the Dockyard. Coach return to BIOS.
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Free evening! Time to explore the birding potential of the BIOS grounds or to move further afield.
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Closing Night
(Saturday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Bus to Bermuda's capital, Hamilton, to see museums, art galleries or to visit shops.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in Par La Ville park, Hamilton
 Afternoon: Bus to a south shore beach to view shore birds or to swim if conditions allow.
 Dinner: Farewell Banquet at BIOS
 Evening: Culmination of program, opportunity to share birding lists from this trip and others.
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Morning at Leisure/Departures
(Sunday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: No activities planned. Prepare to depart.
 Lunch: Packed lunch provided in the morning
 Afternoon: Farewells!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Extraordinary Tale of the Bermuda Petrel and the Man Who Brought It Back from Extinction


Author: Elizabeth Gehrman


A Guide to the Birds of Bermuda


Author: Eric Amos




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