Palms, Pines, and the River of Grass: The Everglades and South Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Oct 22 - 28, 2022
Group size: 6 - 9
Palms, Pines, and the River of Grass: The Everglades and South Florida
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Oct 22 - 28, 2022
Group size: 6 - 9

About this trip

South Florida in fall puts you in the path of many birds heading into the state for winter, as well as those passing through to points further south. Coupled with all the incredible South Florida specialties, including many established exotic species, this six-day trip promises birds galore. From the legendary Everglades to Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade County hotspots, the waders, warblers, shorebirds, and parrots are sure to please.  Join Reefs to Rockies and Front Range Birding Company for a spectacular excursion to the River of Grass and the hardwood hammocks, pine scrub, palm trees and saw palmettos that are South Florida.


·  Everglades National Park

·  Tamiami Trail Hotspots

·  Key Biscayne and Crandon Park

·  Green Cay and Wakodahatchee Wetlands

·  Miami and Ft Lauderdale Parrot and Parakeet Roosts


Chip Clouse is a long-time bird tour leader and Reefs to Rockies’ Lead Naturalist Guide. He’s also ProStaff for Opticron optics and Former Manager of the Front Range Birding Company. Originally enamored with tooth and claw predators, his fascination with birds started by volunteering with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to monitor Peregrine Falcon nest sites. His love for birds was cemented once he saw his first Western Tanager while working for the Peregrine Fund in Oregon. Chip’s experience includes 20+ years of bird research and project management experience in nine states and the Caribbean nation of Grenada, a Masters in Conservation Biology from Colorado State University, five years with the American Birding Association, three years as a rep with a major optics manufacturer and stints guiding at 15+ different US birding festivals.

Chip is excited to share his love of birds and habitat in this trip to some of the places he fell in love with during two years of high school in Florida and multiple birding trips over the last three decades.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    6 nights. Per person price is based on two people sharing a double occupancy room.
  • Driver/Guide
    Chip Clouse
  • Daily Birding
    Spotting Scope Available
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as listed
    6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Flights
  • Meals not listed
    5 dinners
  • Alcohol
  • Optional gratuities
  • Activities not listed
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Available options


Day 1 - Sat, Oct 22
Arrival/ Ft Lauderdale/ Palm Beach County

Late afternoon arrival to Ft Lauderdale Airport (FLL) and drive north to the Boynton Beach area. Our first birding stop is planned en route to our hotel. We couldn’t land in FL without seeking out some of its fine-feathered friends on Day 1!

Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Boynton Beach or similar

Meals: None

Your Organizer

Reefs to Rockies
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