Winter Birding Weekend – New Mexico

with Evergreen Audubon

December 7-10, 2017

Itinerary

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is one of the world’s premier birding destinations in winter. During winter months, Bosque will host as many as 14,000 sandhill cranes and 32,000 snow and Ross’s geese. Seeing the dawn “Fly Out” is an experience you will never forget! If you’re lucky you can also see “puffs” of snow geese, thousands rising into the air, sometimes within 10-20 feet of you. In addition to dawn and dusk fly-ins at Bosque, this 4-day road trip will include birding stops at a variety of locations along the way.  Join Evergreen Audubon for a spectacular winter birding trip to New Mexico.

 

Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache

About Your Guide: Chip Clouse is the Manager of the Front Range Birding Co in Littleton, CO and a long-time bird tour leader. Originally enamored with tooth and claw predators, his fascination with birds started by volunteering with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to monitor Peregrine Falcon nest sites while an undergraduate and was cemented once he saw his first Western Tanager while working for the Peregrine Fund in Oregon. With 20 years of bird research and project management experience in 9 states and the Caribbean nation of Grenada, a Masters in Conservation Biology from Colorado State, 5 years with the American Birding Association, 3 years as a rep with Opticron optics and Novagrade Digiscoping adapters and stints guiding at 15+ different US birding festivals, Chip is excited to share his love of birds and habitat in this trip.

DAY 1 (Thurs, Dec 7): Evergreen/ Hwy 285/ Santa Fe ~ Morning departure from Evergreen to Santa Fe, New Mexico with birding stops en route along Highway 285. Potential birding stops today include Nathrop, Saguache, Russell Lakes and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Recent sightings will play a role in today’s schedule. Evening arrival to Santa Fe.

Accommodations: Best Western Plus Santa Fe or similar

Meals: Lunch

Estimated drive time: Evergreen to Santa Fe via 285 – 6 hrs

DAY 2 (Fri, Dec 8): Santa Fe/ Sandia Crest/ Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge/ Socorro ~ Early morning departure for Sandia Crest in search of wintering rosy-finches. After lunch at Sandia Crest House, continue to Bosque del Apache in time for the evening “Fly In”. Overnight in Socorro.

Accommodations: Comfort Inn – Socorro or similar

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Estimated drive times: Santa Fe to Sandia Peak – 1.5 hrs; Sandia Peak to Bosque Del Apache – 2 hrs; Bosque del Apache to Socorro – 30 mins

Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache

Day 3 (Sat, Dec 9): Socorro/ Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge/ Santa Fe Wake up early this morning and head back to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge arriving before sunrise and the dawn “Fly Out”. You have until this afternoon to continue exploring Bosque and nearby hotspots with ample time for birding and photography. Evening return to Santa Fe.

Accommodations: Best Western Plus Santa Fe or similar

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Estimated drive time: Bosque del Apache to Santa Fe – 2.5 hrs

Day 4 (Sun, Dec 10): Santa Fe/ Evergreen ~ Morning departure from Santa Fe with birding stops en route. Early evening arrival to Evergreen.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Estimated drive time: Santa Fe to Evergreen – 6-6.5 hrs

Price: $1079* per person based upon double occupancy.

Single supplement: $230*

Price includes accommodations, three breakfasts, four lunches, transportation, driver/guide (Chip Clouse from Front Range Birding Company), entrance fees and activities as listed.

Exclusions: personal expenses, dinners, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

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