If you’ve always wanted to see a Giant Kangaroo Rat (like this one), Southern California is the place to go! It has more endemic chipmunks and heteromyids than any other state. It is also a great place for large mammals, great scenery, excellent birding and outstanding herpetiles. I’m leading a new trip to uncover this wealth of creatures in September, with Vladimir Dinets. Be prepared to go nocturnal and please join us! Space is limited to 6 passengers, so hurry. For details see Heteromyid Grand Slam.
My new Sri Lanka tour is now posted. This is an amazing trip with a truly wonderful local guide, Uditha Hettige. We will go to places that I visited in 2013 and add a few new destinations to make this trip a winner for mammals and much more.
Greetings from the Canadian Winter! The worst for a long time.
I have a new email: it is a gmail.com account, starting with fiona.reid7243
I have some great trips coming up, please check under Tours for details:
2014 Amazon River tour with OBC. Feb 21-Mar 04. Bats will be the emphasis, but we will also see some rare primates, river dolphins, Hoatzin and other wildlife, big and small. Feburary – March.
2014 Nicaragua. March 15-22. Great location with wonderful outings to see nature in all its glory in NIcaragua. Almost sold out!
2015 Sri Lanka. Jan 11- 25. Our last trip was astounding – 61 species of mammals seen in the wild, including all the cats! Returning in January with a small group.
2015 South Africa. March. Special adventure to search out Aardvark, Aardwolf, Black-footed Cat and much more. March.
We had a fabulous time in Nicaragua in February-March 2013. Though primarily a bat trip, we saw a great range of mammals, including some rarities like this Water Opossum, photographed by George Smiley.
For the trip report and mammal list go here:
2013 OBC Batwatch Nicaragua Mammal List
I have some great new trips coming up in 2013 – be sure to check under Tours for more information.
Batwatch Nicaragua II - Co-led with Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation (go to www.batconservation.org for details), we return to Refugio Bartola, this time in dry season (yay!). Trip dates are February 24- March 4, 2013. We will visit Masaya Volcano and catch bats emerging from lava tubes, then spend 6 nights at the rustic but comfortable Refugio Bartola. The food is great, the forest is better! We totalled 40 bat species in the same amount of time in 2011, and we will also see monkeys, opossums, and numerous birds. Our trip will help local biologists develop their bat and small mammal species lists. See report on new post!
Pantanal, Brazil – One of my all-time favorite destinations, this general nature tour will take us to the Northern Pantanal, where the abundance and diversity of birds, mammals and reptiles is astounding. This trip is scheduled for June 30 to July 13 2013, when temperatures are cooler and the dry season is under way. We’ll also go to the Chapada de Guimaraes, where we may see the elusive Harpy Eagle. First departure SOLD OUT. Second departure July 12 to July 25, 2013, 4 spaces available.
Spain – All-new tour! A colleague has invited me to bring a group of mammal enthusiasts to tour Spain, in search of Iberian Lynx, European Wolf, Cantabrian Brown Bear, and other species. The tour runs from September 20 to October 5, 2013, the best dates for mammal-watching. Not only large mammals will be sought out, but also small species including the fascinating Desman and a variety of bats. In addition to mammals, the areas we visit are rich in bird life, butterflies and many other creatures. One ROOM AVAILABLE and one shared room with female as of February 2013.
I also have several trips that may take place in 2014 but I need to hear from YOU to know which ones will be popular. Please check under tours for a listing.
After a really successful Batwatch Nicaragua – 40 species, 2 new records – I am now offering Batwatch Big Bend with co-leader Dr. Loren Ammerman. Go to Tours for more details.
For a report on this great trip go to Batwatch Big Bend