Spring Warblers IFO

5 reviews
May 16 - 20, 2023
Group size: 8 - 20
Spring Warblers IFO

5 reviews

May 16 - 20, 2023
Group size: 8 - 20

About this trip

Chicago is an excellent place to witness spring warbler migration, with as many as 30 species of warblers passing through. On this IFO tour, we learn about warbler identification, behavior, habitat, and conservation through field trips and workshops that are designed to be complementary, with the lessons learned in the classroom applicable in the field, and vice versa. 

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    4 hotel nights
  • Meals
    3 meals per day from dinner on day 1 until breakfast until day 4. Including non-alcoholic beverages during meals.
  • Transportation
    In-country private transportation to and from sites visited.
  • Guiding fees
    All guiding fees for tour leaders and local guides.
  • Entrance fees
    All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Activities
    All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Field Museum
    Behind-the-scenes tour of the Field Museum Bird Collection.
  • Transportation
    Transportation to and from Chicago.
  • Airport transfers
    Airport transfers to and from Evanston Hillton Orrington Hotel.
  • Alcoholic beverages
    Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal purchases
    Items such as (but not limited to) laundry service, room service, phone calls, toiletries, souvenirs etc.
  • Insurance
    No insurance is included. We do strongly recommend you get your own travel, cancellation, and medical insurance.
  • Tips
    Any tips you would like to offer tour leaders, guides, drivers, porters, wait staff, housekeeping etc. for outstanding service.

Available Packages

Double occupancy
14 left

This is the price per person in a shared room (double or twin).


If you don't have a roommate, or if we can't find one for you, you should book in single occupancy and a single supplement ($600) applies.

Deposit: $1,375
Single occupancy
15 left

This is the price per person in a single room

Deposit: $1,675

Available options


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American Birding Association
5 reviews
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Lodging accommodations were satisfactory, sea mammals were observed and the Kwakwaka"wakw culture was truly interesting, but the tour was very disappointing on the whole. We were particularly unhappy with the opportunity to (and I quote from the tour description) "to observe Grizzly Bear and Black Bear during the fruitful salmon run." Bears weren't actually observed and if they could have actually been observed they would have been seen eating grass not salmon. No salmon were observed. There were no "spectacular numbers of migrating and wintering birds at the Fraser River estuary." Birds seen there were of very low numbers and those that were observed were at such great distances that identification as to species was often just a guessing game. Meal opportunities were not good. A cup of coffee and a granola bar is not a breakfast. A tray of little egg salad sandwiches offered while standing in the woods isn't much of a lunch. Bar snacks do not constitute a dinner meal. Travel timing was often off by hours. Two whole days of the tour were burned up with grueling travel.
By Dennis R for 2022 British Columbia on 06 Oct, 2022
I run out of superlatives when I try to share my experiences on this ABA trip to Panama. Every single day was filled with the sensory overload of new birds, new plants, new bugs, etc. I appreciated how each day was broken up into segments with some free time in between to rest or process photos or explore the property. I had never been on a trip of this type and had never been to a foreign country, so I was a bit nervous. I had wanted to go to Canopy Tower/Lodge for years as an introduction to tropical biology, so when I heard about the trip on the ABA podcasts, I decided it was time to have an adventure (and it truly was an adventure!) The itinerary was well thought out-we sampled many of the different habitats in the area, which exposed us to a maximum number of species-over 300!! Everything about the trip was wonderful-the other participants were great to spend time with (I really appreciated that they would call to me when they found interesting bugs). The Canopy Family staff were very friendly and they obviously know how to do eco-tourism right. The food was always delicious! Eating meals together as a group was an opportunity to connect and to reflect on the highlights of the day. One participant had to avoid gluten and it was handled very well at each meal-always an alternative available or something we could all eat. Our guides both had decades of experience and uncanny abilities to find the birds we were looking for, even in the thickest brush. They knew all the calls and could imitate them perfectly. They were able to get scopes on the birds quickly as well as directing us to where the birds were such that the entire group almost always got eyes on the bird-no small feat, especially in the rain forest. In summary, I feel like I can’t adequately describe just how amazing the trip was. I will remember it forever and can’t wait to try it again.
By Bob N for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 21 Sep, 2022
Birding with a group of ABA members in Panama was very enjoyable - most of us had never been there before. While most of us were strangers to each other at the start, our shared passion and the beautiful birds brought us together as friends. The Canopy Family is extremely well organized and accommodating, including excellent guides. There is room for improvement in communication between the ABA and folks signed up for the tour, some info wasn't received until the night before the trip, but I'm sure this will be addressed. I look forward to future ABA trips.
By Paul K for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 14 Sep, 2022
This was the best birding trip of my life! The Canopy Family and ABA took care of everything! Expert guide Carlos Bethancourt and ABA liaison Nate Swick were both incredible in their depth of bird behavior, habitat, and classification in Panama and beyond. Our group was small, cohesive, and full of passionate and interesting individuals who love birds and travel. Accommodations were perfect for this type of trip! Overall, worth every penny!
By Greg S for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 13 Sep, 2022
This was a great trip! We had so much fun and saw gorgeous birds. The weather was perfect in the mountains, the scenery was beautiful. Jake Thompson - our bird guide - was smart, knowledgeable, indefatigable in his search for birds. He has energy! Our organizer, Katinka, was great. Kind and smart and organized,. The artist - Christina Baal was excellent. She had ALL of us (skeptics that we were ) sitting and drawing Burrowing Owls and painting other birds. It was surprisingly fun. Very good at getting us all engaged. Five stars!
By LORNA h for Bird of the Year in Southeast Arizona on 08 Aug, 2022

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