19349
Florida

Birding Hot Spots: The Wild Side of Sarasota

See why Sarasota is a top birding destinations in the US as you join experts to search for whistling ducks, wood storks, Florida Scrub-Jay & more in the habitats of Florida’s Gulf Coast
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Program No. 19349RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399

At a Glance

A major stopover on the Eastern Flyway and the unique, myriad subtropical ecosystems makes the region around Sarasota a premier birding destination in the United States. With expert ornithologists, explore brackish estuaries, scrublands, mangrove forests, marshes and sandy islands as you increase your list of bird-species sightings. Observe Florida's only endemic species, the rare Florida Scrub-Jay and unique birds such as the Marbled Godwit, Reddish Egret and Long-billed Curlew, all amid the warm-weather splendor of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walks up to two miles on paved and uneven surfaces, including sand. Some stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join a birding expert at Fort De Soto Park, an internationally famous and premier birding location on the East Coast.
  • Embark on a private boat across the estuaries of Roberts Bay to see the wading birds, mangrove forests and a major bird rookery.
  • Discover the unique flora and fauna with your ornithological experts and learn how the Celery Fields were added to the state’s repertoire of birding locales.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Featured Expert
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Stuart (Stu) Wilson
Stu Wilson has been a wildlife lover his entire life and an avid birder since 2000. He holds a master’s in water resources engineering but retired early to start a travel company specializing in New Zealand. Since 2002, Stu has participated in over 100 USGS Breeding Bird Surveys and Christmas Bird Counts. Currently, he leads walks and performs surveys for Sarasota Audubon. When not birding, Stu runs a small foundation which makes grants for conservation purposes and enjoys travel, running, tennis, reading and German lagers.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Stuart (Stu) Wilson
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