MOS Sponsored Birding Trips

The MOS launched a member benefit that has received enthusiastic response: birding trips to some of the great hotspots in the world. We’re concentrating on the Americas right now, but we can expand to anywhere members might wish. And your wishes are important. If there is a spot you’ve always wanted to visit, let us know (contact Maryanne Dolan). We’ll do our best to gather enough like-minded birders to make the trip viable. These trips stick closer to home, post-pandemic.

2021 TRIPS

Several great trips are on the calendar for 2021.

Sax-Zim Bog & Northeast Minnesota in Winter

February 6-10, 2021

Only to a birder does a long weekend away in the middle of winter to northern Minnesota seem like a good idea. But this birding experience delivers through-the-roof quality. The boreal forests in winter are home to birds like Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Bohemian Waxwing, Evening Grosbeak, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Spruce Grouse. This trip, run by Red Hill Birding on behalf of the Maryland Ornithological Society, is designed to take in the best birding that Northeast Minnesota offers in winter. We will visit the world-famous Sax-Zim Bog, the forests of Superior National Forest, and the North Shore of Lake Superior.

We ran this trip in January 2020 (prior to the pandemic) and had a spectacular time culminating in a 5-owl day:  Boreal, Great Gray, Northern Hawk, Snowy, and Barred Owl.   We can’t guarantee a repeat of that experience, but we can promise to try.

Trip is limited to 7 participants.  Cost is $1,650 per person with a $350 single supplement.

Contact Maryanne Dolan for details and to sign up.

 

Trinidad  (trip full; waiting list)

April 1-8, 2021

Best of Trinidad has been rescheduled from its 2020 dates to April 1-8, 2021. MOS members will spend 5 nights at Asa Wright Nature Centre, located in a lush 2,000-acre tract of rainforest high in the Arima Valley, followed by 2 nights at Mt. Plaisir Lodge in search of the Trinidad Piping-guan and nesting Leatherback turtles. Scarlet Ibis, hummers, honeycreepers, oil birds, tanagers…..the potential to add to your life list is huge. Trip is full; waiting list available.

Contact Maryanne Dolan for details.
 

Panama (2 double rooms available)

April 13-23, 2021

Panama, too, has been rescheduled from 2020 to April 13-23, 2021.

We will start our adventure at Canopy Towers, home of the famous Pipeline Road.  We are guaranteed to get manytropicalspecies.  After three nights at the Towers, we proceed to Canopy Lodge, where we spend the next eight days in a whirlwind of birding.  We return to the Lodge for most lunches and all dinners so there is ample opportunity to opt out and spend a quiet few hours bringing your list up-to-date, or simply strolling the grounds.   A deposit of $600 is required to hold a reservation. Please note: This deposit is non-refundable although Canopy will honor the reservation for 1 year.

Contact Maryanne Dolan for details.
 

Best of Trinidad

May 25-31, 2021

Response has been so good for the Trinidad trip that we are adding another trip for 2021.  MOS members will spend 5 nights at Asa Wright Nature Centre, located in a lush 2,000-acre tract of rainforest high in the Arima Valley, followed by 2 nights at Mt. Plaisir Lodge in search of the Trinidad Piping-guan and nesting Leatherback turtles. Scarlet Ibis, hummers, honeycreepers, oil birds, tanagers…..the potential to add to your life list is huge.

Trip is limited to 8.  $2375 for double; $2672 single occupancy)

Contact Maryanne Dolan for details.
 

Montana! 

June 24 to 29, 2021 with Red Hill Birding. (1 spot left)

Where the Great Plains meet the grandiose peaks of the Rocky Mountains is a place known as Big Sky Country: a land where the vistas are surpassed only by the birds that inhabit them. In the expansive grasslands we will look for Baird’s Sparrow, Sprague’s Pipit, Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Ferruginous Hawk, Lark Bunting, and McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspurs. These grasslands abut grand, snow-capped mountains, with a totally different but equally alluring set of birds, including Black Rosy-Finch, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Dusky Grouse, and Clark’s Nutcracker. We will also visit wetlands that will be crowded with breeding waterbirds, including a wide variety of ducks and grebes and a cacophony of Yellow-headed Blackbirds. We will also pass through Yellowstone National Park, giving us a chance to see some of the West’s iconic mammals.
This short trip will find some of North America’s most highly-sought species on their breeding grounds. Bozeman is a great jumping-off point if you would like to visit Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton National Park before or after the birding trip. We also offer a two-night extension to look for the recently described Cassia Crossbill in neighboring Idaho.
Cost is $2095 based on double occupancy with a single supplement of $390.  The optional extension (June 30-July 1) is an additional $770 per person double occupancy with a $180 single supplement.

Contact Maryanne Dolan for detailed itinerary.