Our spring meeting will be in San Antonio on May 2-5, 2019. This location and timing should work well for seeing and hearing both resident breeding species, including Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped Vireos, and migrating shorebirds, buntings, orioles and warblers. Click here for full details.
The trip largely follows the "Trip-of-a-Lifetime" itinerary pioneered by TOS Past-President Jim Hailey on his 11 trips to Alaska for TOS. Birding destinations will include Anchorage, Barrow, Nome, Denali Park, and a boat trip for near-shore pelagic birds out of Seward. That trip last summer (2017), co-led by Jim Hailey and Byron Stone, including Randy Pinkston as a participant, encountered 174 bird species, including 20 species that are very hard to find anywhere in North America other than Alaska. A partial list of such specialty birds includes Arctic and Aleutian Terns, Harlequin Duck, Pacific Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Arctic Warbler, 10 species of alcids, Eastern Yellow Wagtail and the amazing Bluethroat! And then there is the scenery - there is nothing like it in the lower 48. And mammals, including muskoxen and caribou. And the incomparable polygon tundra of Barrow.
This is a rigorous birding trip, with long birding days and lots of travel. Much of the travel will be in isolated backcountry with no facilities. Much of the birding will be along gravel roads or improved trails, but a few locations will require hiking over uneven ground on steep hillsides in order to maximize the prospects for birds.
The trip fee is $3,850 for TOS members and $3,950 for non-members (which includes a one-year TOS membership). It includes ground transport to birding locations in large vans or SUV's, airfare to and from Nome and Barrow, and the fee for the Seward boat trip. Participants will be responsible for airfare to and from Anchorage. In addition participants will be responsible for lodging, meals, tips, drinks and incidentals estimated at $2250 to $2500 per person. Single rooms will be available only in Anchorage and possibly Seward. The minimum number of participants is 9 and maximum is 12.
Initial payment due with registration is $1,925 ($1,975 for non-members), with final payment of $1,925 (members) or $1,975 (non-members) due on February 28, 2019. If you have questions, contact Byron Stone at Drbirdie@aol.com
Current TOS members will be given priority registration. In the event that the trip does not fill by December 15, 2018, then non-members will be given a chance to register for the trip and become TOS members.
TOS Trip Cancellation Policy
This policy applies to TOS field trips or other events that require non-refundable deposits to retain guide services, hotel rooms or transportation.
In the event you have to cancel, refunds are made according to the following schedule:
Note: If you cancel late (less than 90 days before departure), but you are able to find a substitute to take your place (or we have a substitute on a waiting list), once the substitute has paid Texas Ornithological Society in full for the trip, a refund of your deposit less $100 and any non-refundable reservations tied to a specific individual's name (such as internal airfare) will be made.
For your protection, the purchase of trip cancellation insurance should be considered. If you take out trip insurance the cost of the insurance is not refundable. Therefore it is best to purchase the policy just prior to making full payment for the trip or at the time you purchase airline tickets, depending upon the airline's restrictions. TOS reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure, in which case full refund of the trip fee will constitute full settlement to the participant.
We strongly advise that you wait to purchase non-refundable airline travel until you receive notice from the TOS trip leader or coordinator that the trip meets minimum participation requirements.