Bird Bound: A Packing List for Birding Travelers

Neil Glenn, Alan Davies, Georgina Head and guide Prossie combing wetland birds at Kaku Wetland. © Laura Kammermeier

Many of you may know Marci Madsen Fuller, the former event organizer of the popular Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Marci has always been an avid traveler and she used to maintain a website called BirdBound. Ever since I saw this list on Marci's website, I refer to it in the last panic-stricken moments before every major bird trip. It gives me peace of mind. We republish it here, with her permission.

Like most, I've carried a rucksack of dreams as I've trekked through life. I’ve had to rearrange things in my bag a few times; remove a few pipe dreams, shelve some I’ve been lucky enough to fulfill, and reorganize those important enough to keep. I’m now scaling the peak of my fifth decade. I hope… Read more »

Herzegovina – Plenty of Birds but Very Few Birdwatchers

Blidinje Nature Park ©David Chandler

Herzegovina is not really on the bird watching map. It’s the southern end of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with wonderful limestone landscapes, and lots of birds.

WIN an amazing, 7-day trip for two to Peru

Rufous-crested Coquette at Waqanki Lodge, northern Peru © Stephen ShunkRufous-crested Coquette at Waqanki Lodge, northern Peru © Stephen Shunk

With more than 1,700 species, Peru is a birdwatching paradise. And here’s your chance to win a seven-day, birdwatching adventure for two there. You'll start in the Amazon rainforest, home to colorful macaws. Then you'll ascend into the Andes to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, where you’ll look for the massive Andean Condor. Your trip… Read more »

Laura Kammermeier sits down with Nate Swick, the host of the new American Birding Association blog, to discuss nature and birding travel.

Uganda: A Fantastic 14-day Birding and Wildlife Tour

Where else can a search for 1,061 bird species be combined with an hour observing mountain gorillas, a morning tracking chimpanzees, an afternoon with hippos and Nile crocodiles as you cruise down the Victorian Nile, and a safari tour to see the incredible megafauna associated with the East African savannah? Where else can a ‘Jurassically’ tall gray stork, with a massive bill, send you a death stare from beyond a sea of papyrus? And where can your search for great apes be magnified by a herd of wild forest elephants, or topped off with crippling views of one of Africa's rarest skulking birds, the Green-breasted Pitta?

Finally we saw a stationary boat in the distance. We motored slowly to meet up with them and as we slid into the slip a shadowy grey figure, whose vision was hindered by scintillant green reeds, came into view. OH MY GOD.

Africa on a Budget

Three Rondawels. Blyde Canyon Overlook, South Africa @Steve Ingraham

I was astounded to find a company in South Africa offering inexpensive safaris to Greater Kruger National Park.

Take our Nature Travel Survey!

We are surveying avid travelers about their travel preferences and habits in preparation for an upcoming article in the American Birding Association Travel Guide. Thanks for taking the time to complete this survey!

Ecologically, vultures, who are known as nature's clean-up crew, are a vitally important group of birds that face a range of threats in areas around the world. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing outright extinction.

Chasing Endemic Birds and Wildlife in Northern Patagonia

A male of the endangered Yellow Cardinal near Las Grutas ©Stephan Lorenz

The Valdes Peninsula in the Chubut Province of Argentina is one of the country’s main ecotourism attractions due to the concentration of marine mammals found there. For visiting birders though, there are several hotspots to the south and north of the famous peninsula.

St. Paul Island, Alaska: Shorebird Capital of the World?

Rock Sandpiper ©Stephan Lorenz

In terms of sheer diversity, the shorebirds take the crown on St. Paul with an incredible 64 species recorded on the island within the past three decades. Only four shorebirds nest, whereas the remaining 60 species are either regular spring or fall migrants, rare visitors, or exceptional rarities with only one or two occurrences.

Exploring Las Guacamayas in Guatemala

Agami Heron ©Rob Ripma

While on a trip to Guatemala earlier this year sponsored by INGUAT (the Guatemalan tourism board), I had the opportunity to visit a biological station that I had never heard of before called Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas. I was expecting the typical, more rustic accommodations that tend to come along with staying at biological stations, but I was in for a huge surprise when we arrived.

Birding and Traveling: The Best of Colombia

Green-bearded Helmetcrest at Cocuy National Park Colom

Guest post by Kathi Borgmann Colombia is an amazing country. With over 1,900 species recorded, more than any country in the Americas, Colombia is an absolute birding must. And before you say that Colombia is too dangerous to travel in, think again. Colombia is changing fast and is now a top tourist destination. I spent 6… Read more »

Birding Antisana, Ecuador

Antisana Volcano ©Kathi Borgmann

Guest post by Kathi Borgmann The Antisana Ecological Reserve can easily be reached via a day trip from Quito. Given the frequent afternoon weather, it is best to arrive early in the morning to improve your chances of having an unobstructed view of the massive peak of Antisana. Antisana rises to a height of 18,891… Read more »

10 Things You Should Know About Traveling to Cuba

Cuban Tody ©Laura Kammermeier

Guest post by Jean Warneke of JB Journeys. Travel to Cuba is in the news every day, just recently with the announcement of US airlines being approved to begin scheduled service from US cities to Cuba "sometime later this year." Until then, you can get there on chartered flights. And while much more open than just… Read more »

Birding Jocotoco Foundation’s Canandé Reserve

Canandé © Kathi Borgmann

Guest post by Kathi Borgmann The Chocó biogeographical region extends from the Darién in Panamá along the pacific coast of Colombia, to northwestern Ecuador. The Chocó is one of the world’s 10 most important biodiversity hotspots and it is one of the last coastal tropical rainforests left on the planet. It is home to more than 900 species… Read more »

A Map Every Traveling Birder Must See: IBAs in Danger

Wouldn't it be better, as nature travelers, if we carried at least rudimentary knowledge of the globe's threatened habitats?

A Casual Field Guide to the Birds of Florida

COVER: American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Florida

The Well-read Naturalist reviews the American Birding Association's Field Guide to the Birds of Florida.

North Wales Wonderland

The Great Orme Llandudno, N Wales © Laura Kammermeier

NORTH WALES WONDERLAND As Kathy’s be-gloved hand passes me my second cup of coffee in as many hours, I hunker down into the welcome sanctuary of the MPV to scan the Menai Straits. I cannot help but wonder where else in the world might I see Gannets – my first of the year - highlighted… Read more »