Domestic and International Travel 2017

Cuba Birding and More

January 31 to February 12, 2017

cuba-300x225Our Cuban tour provides you with a great opportunity to see all possible Cuban endemic birds, in addition to other terrific birds, including a good number of Caribbean endemic species. Cuban endemics include Gundlach’s Hawk, Bee Hummingbird (smallest hummingbird in the world), Cuban Trogon, Cuban Tody, Cuban Parakeet and Zapata Wren. In addition, there are over twenty West Indian endemics possible, including West Indian Whistling-Duck, Key West Quail-Dove, Great Lizard-Cuckoo, Loggerhead Kingbird and Western Spindalis.You will visit some of the most important birding sites in Cuba, including the wetlands of the Zapata Peninsula (a Biosphere Reserve), Viñales and Cayo Coco. Caya Coco is one of the most important migratory stops in all of the Caribbean. A good mix of habitats will be covered, including forests, marshes, mangroves, coastal shrubs, patches of grass, and lagoons.Everyone will enjoy seeing Havana, Trinidad and most of the western two-thirds of the country. You will see Havana (the capital city of Cuba), the countryside, and a good mix of small town life with other cultural opportunities. Cuba’s rich cultural, musical and historic traditions will be experienced, as you travel throughout the country.

$4,190 per Person with 8 participants for 13 Days and 12 Nights

In addition, flight cost is likely about $700 to $800 via Cancun in Mexico.

Trip cost includes arrival day in Cancun from Denver with overnight stay, and then 11 days and 10 nights in Cuba, with another day and night in Cancun to support return to Denver.

Tour Guides: Arturo Kirkconnell, author of the Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba and Arturo Kirkonnell, Jr, author of the upcoming Photographic Guide to the Birds of Cuba

Register by contacting Charles Thornton-Kolbe, 720-320-1974, email

Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley for Winter Birding Break

February 12 to 18, 2017

Male Golden-fronted Woodpecker. Photo by Bill Schmoker

Male Golden-fronted Woodpecker. Photo by Bill Schmoker

This winter trip concentrates on the key birding sites in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, from the Gulf Coast upriver to Falcon Dam. The trip includes four nights in McAllen, which is well-situated as a base for reaching most of the major regional birding sites. With an added two nights closer to the coast, you will have plenty of time to visit all the prime sites and habitats in the area.Target birds on this trip include Mottled Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Hook-billed Kite, White-tailed Hawk, Gray Hawk, White-tipped Dove, Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Crested Caracara, Aplomado Falcon, Green Parakeet, Red-crowned Parrot, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Great Kiskadee, Brown Jay, Green Jay, Clay-colored Thrush, Long-billed Thrasher, Tropical Parula, White-collared Seedeater, Olive Sparrow, Altamira Oriole and Audubon’s Oriole.

$1,490 per Person with 5 participants for 7 Days and 6 Nights

Trip Leader: Jesse Huth

Register by contacting Charles Thornton-Kolbe, 720-320-1974, email Detailed Itinerary and More Information at: PIB Texas Tropics: Rio Grande Valley Winter Break

Alaska: Birding and Wildlife in Grand Alaska

Alaska 1 – Main Trip: June 11 to 18, 2017

With Nome Extension June 18 to 21 (for either trip)

We will also offer a second trip date:

Alaska 2 – Main Trip: June 22 to 29, 2017

Female Willow Ptarmigan along road near Paxson, Alaska, during our 2015 trip. Photo by David Trently

Female Willow Ptarmigan along road near Paxson, Alaska, during our 2015 trip. Photo by David Trently

This is an exceptional value birding trip with 8 days of birding from Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula to Denali National Park. The trip is designed for birders who want to experience Alaska and find many of the key specialty species, without adding extra travel to more remote birding destinations. The trip does include an optional extension to Nome, for those bird-watchers seeking to expand their Alaska birding adventure. Some of the interesting bird species we could see include Spruce Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan, Rock Ptarmigan, Pacific Loon, Short-tailed Shearwater, Red-faced Cormorant, Northern Goshawk, Black Turnstone, Red-necked Phalarope, Long-tailed Jaeger, Thick-billed Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Ancient Murrelet, Parakeet Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Horned Puffin, Tufted Puffin, Black-legged Kittiwake, Aleutian Tern, Arctic Tern, Northern Hawk Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Gyrfalcon, Boreal Chickadee, Arctic Warbler, Northern Wheatear and Varied Thrush. If you add the Nome Extension, you have an excellent chance to add Arctic Loon, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Aleutian Tern, Bluethroat and Eastern Yellow Wagtail. Several mammal species are expected as well, especially during the boat trip and in Denali National Park. Some likely species include Steller Sea Lion, Sea Otter, Humpback Whale, Mountain Goat, Grizzly Bear, Moose, Caribou, Dall Sheep, and Arctic Fox.

$2,790 per Person with 8 Participants for 8 Days/7Nights And Nome Extension (3 Days and 3 Nights More) for $890

<strong>Note: Does not include flight costs to Anchorage or Nome

Trip Leader: David Trently

Register by contacting Charles Thornton-Kolbe, 720-320-1974, email Detailed Itinerary and More Information at: PIB: Birding in Grand Alaska