March 17-22, 2018 - Sandhill Crane Spectacular – Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to join Alula Birding & Natural History Tours on its fourth sojourn to Nebraska to witness the greatest bird migration spectacle the North American continent has to offer as 600,000 Sandhill Cranes descend upon the Platte River in Nebraska to refuel before continuing on to breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada. We’ll then travel to the beautiful Nebraskan Sandhills to catch the spring lekking dance of Greater Prairie Chicken and Sharp-tailed Grouse. In addition, we’ll observe countless waterfowl during a tour of the Rainwater Basin, which is also home to a large black-tailed prairie dog colony.
The trip concludes in Kansas where we will visit two important prairie areas in the Flint Hills, some of the last remaining unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America. We will hike and bird the National Park Service’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, an 11,000-acre expanse of grassland, and spend a late afternoon and early evening at the Nature Conservancy’s Konza Prairie Natural Area, keeping an eye out for sparrows, woodpeckers, bluebirds, raptors and bison. At nightfall, the prairie comes alive with the sounds of coyotes yipping and owls calling.
April 12-19, 2018 -Tantalizing Texas – Rivaling both Florida and California in productive birding opportunities, Texas is a definite “go-to” destination. Remarkably, more than 600 species of birds have been seen in Texas including a good number of “Mexican specialties.” We’ve put together a trip that hits some of the best birding hot-spots the state has to offer. We’ll visit the Gulf Coast, swing down to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, work our way up the valley, and circle back up to the Texas Hill Country. For the novice birder, to the birder with some, but limited experience, it is quite possible to see as many as 50-60 new species!
Target species include Whooping Crane, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Reddish Egret, Least Grebe, Purple Gallinule, Hook-billed Kite, Aplomado Falcon, White-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Crested Caracara, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, Green Jay, Brown Jay, Tropical Parula, Northern Beardless-tyrannulet, Red-billed Pigeon, Green Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher, several species of hummingbirds, Plain Chachalaca, White-collared Seedeater, Long-billed and Curve-billed Thrashers, plus Great Kiskadee.
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