South Florida: Birds and Butterflies: Jan 11—19, 2008

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Departs: Fort Lauderdale
Tour Limit: 14
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Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien is a freelance artist, author, and environmental consultant living in Cape M...


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Louise Zemaitis

Louise Zemaitis is an artist and naturalist living in Cape May, New Jersey where she is a po...


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Mangrove Skipper

Mangrove Skipper — Photo: Michael O'Brien

A fascinating exploration of Florida's diverse ecosystems with delightful weather, excellent photographic opportunities, and many specialties; an excellent introduction to butterflying and birding.

South Florida has long been a popular destination for bird-watchers. Its subtropical climate and varied plant communities provide a home for more than a dozen bird species that are rarely, if ever, found elsewhere in the United States. Furthermore, the abundance of wintering herons, egrets, shorebirds, and songbirds here is staggering. With such a diverse flora and fauna, it is no surprise that South Florida is also excellent for butterfly-watching. During this tour we'll sample the region's varied habitats and search for the characteristic birds and butterflies of each.

South Florida specialties that we'll look for on this tour will include Magnificent Frigatebird, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Snail Kite, Short-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin, Snowy and Wilson's plovers, White-crowned Pigeon, Smooth-billed Ani, Monk Parakeet, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Florida Scrub-Jay, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Common and Hill mynas, 15+ species of wintering warblers, Painted Bunting, and Spot-breasted Oriole. Butterflies may include Polydamas and Giant Swallowtails, Florida White, Orange-barred Sulphur, Atala, Silver-banded Hairstreak, Martial Scrub-Hairstreak, Eastern Pygmy-Blue, Miami Blue, Zebra Heliconian, Malachite, Mangrove Buckeye, Ruddy Daggerwing, Florida Duskywing, and Mangrove and Hammock Skippers.

Good accommodations and food; frequent picnic lunches; relaxed pace and easy terrain.