WILD PLANET NATURE TOURS
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WINTER RAPTOR WORKSHOP
December 5 - 9, 2013
Western Montana boasts one of the largest concentrations of wintering birds of prey in the western United States. The Mission Valley, located about 55 miles north of Missoula, and 20 miles south of Polson, is a concentration area for these birds. Thirteen species of diurnal raptors winter in the valley, including; EAGLES: Bald and Golden; FALCONS: Gyr, Peregrine, Prairie, Merlin and Kestrel; ACCIPITERS: Goshawk, Coopers, Sharp-shinned; HARRIER: Northern Harrier; BUTEOS: Red-tailed, Rough-legged, and occasionally Ferruginous Hawk. View Itinerary >>
WHERE THE DESERT MEETS THE SEA
La Paz, Baja California, Mexico
February 26 - March 5, 2015
Rich in both natural and cultural beauty, La Paz Mexico hosts a wide diversity of terrestrial and marine animal and plant life. The Baja Peninsula extends 1200 km from the United States border in southern California to its southern tip. While the Sonoran Desert dominates the terrestrial landscape, the Pacific Ocean borders Baja on the west and the Sea of Cortez surrounds the eastern coastline. Arguably the richest biological body of water in the world, the Sea of Cortez boasts some 800 species of marine vertebrates and 2000 species of invertebrates. The climate is somewhat Mediterranean, ranging from very hot and dry mountains and deserts in the north, to tropical deserts in southern Baja. View Itinerary >>
Antiqua, Tikkal, and more
February 19 - March 1, 2014
Guatemala harbors about 720 species of birds, yet is one of the smallest countries in the world, covering about 42,000 square miles. Its habitat diversity is exemplified from seacoast on both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, to volcanic peaks reaching 13,000 feet. With this range lies a diversity of habitat resulting in seven biome regions and an accordingly wide diversity of fauna and flora.
Its birds include temperate zone migrant species, Central American resident species, and Guatemalan endemics. Complementing Guatemala’s avifauna is a suite of tropical forest mammals, amphibians and reptiles. View Itinerary >>
MONTANA OWL WORKSHOP
May 8 - 12, 2014
The state of Montana holds the largest number of breeding owl species in any state in the United States. Fifteen species of owls occur in Montana, of which 14 species breed: Flammulated Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Boreal Owl, Eastern and Western Screech Owl, Burrowing Owl, Northern Hawk-Owl, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Great Gray Owl. Snowy Owls are regularly seen in winter. With some luck, 8-9 species are possible (including Great Gray). View Itinerary >>
The North Slope of Alaska
Throughout this trip to Alaska, we will enjoy several days in Barrow, the hub of the North Slope, to explore the coastal tundra and its inhabitants. We will traverse the Northern Slope habitats that span across Alaska, therefore targeting a large variety of species, including mammals and birds that inhabit these remote and scenic places. View Itinerary >>
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Yellowstone National Park, Montana
March 25 - 30, 2014 - trip almost full!
Yellowstone National Park is known throughout the world for its scenic grandeur, fantastic geothermal features, and easily viewable wildlife. Historically however, it was well known to many of the local Native American tribes long before the travels of early fur traders and explorers. John Colter, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is often thought of as the first white man or mountain man to explore the park, in 1807 or 1808. By around 1825, many fur traders had entered the region and their stories of visiting “hell”—steam, hot springs, and geysers—were generally disbelieved by more educated Easterners. In 1872, congress created Yellowstone, our nation’s first national park. View Itinerary >>