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, scrub jays and more in the habitats of the Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Program No. 19349RJ
6 days
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Getting There
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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 the rare Florida subspecies of 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 over varied terrain; 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 expert, and learn how she added Celery Fields 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
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Bruce Yorgensen
Bruce (Yogie) Yorgensen has been an avid birder for more than 10 years. He has worked as a bird naturalist at Myakka River State Park's famed bird walk observation platform for most of that time. He has birded extensively throughout the United States and Canada and is currently preparing for a month-long birding trip to Australia. Yogie is a professional nature photographer and many of his photographs are on sale at the Friends of Myakka River Gift Shop.
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