Newfoundland Adult Birder Camp – FULL!

June 2–8, 2024

Explore the captivating birding on Newfoundland’s enchanting Avalon Peninsula with ABA and Bird the Rock! Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Cape St. Mary’s gannetry and the puffin colonies of Witless Bay. Wander through the windswept barrens and tranquil boreal forests while looking for Willow Ptarmigans, Boreal Chickadees, Red Crossbills, and more. Add to that a relaxed atmosphere, tasty local cuisine, cozy cabins, bonfire evenings, and great companionship, and this promises to be another top Adult Birder Camp.

Explore the captivating birding on Newfoundland’s enchanting Avalon Peninsula with ABA and Bird the Rock! Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Cape St. Mary’s gannetry and the puffin colonies of Witless Bay. Wander through the windswept barrens and tranquil boreal forests while looking for Willow Ptarmigans, Boreal Chickadees, Red Crossbills, and more. Add to that a relaxed atmosphere, tasty local cuisine, cozy cabins, bonfire evenings, and great companionship, and this promises to be another top Adult Birder Camp.

Day 1 2 June 2024
Arrival and welcome dinner in St. John’s
Day 2 3 June 2024
Cape Spear, forest birding, and Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
Day 3 4 June 2024
Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Day 4 5 June 2024
The Irish Loop: Exploring the eastern hyper-oceanic Barrens of southeastern Newfoundland
Day 5 6 June 2024
Exploring the boreal forests and Salmonier Nature Park
Day 6 7 June 2024
Urban birding and St. John’s highlights
Day 7 8 June 2024
Departure from St. John’s

Specialty birds:

Atlantic Puffin, Northern Gannet, Razorbill, Common Murre, Thick-billed Murre, Black Guillemot, Black-legged Kittiwake, Great Black-backed Gull, Willow Ptarmigan, Boreal Chickadee, Canada Jay, Blackpoll Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Horned Lark, American Pipit, Pine Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill (endemic percna ssp), White-winged Crossbill, and many more!

Mammals:

Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, Moose, Woodland Caribou, Snowshoe Hare

Landscapes, scenery & habitats:

Spectacular seabird colonies, rugged coastlines, lush boreal forests, subarctic tundra, quaint fishing villages, and one of North America’s oldest colonial cities

Dates: June 2-8, 2024

Number of days and nights: 7 days / 6 nights

Start and end point:

  • Starting: 2 June 2024, St. John’s (YYT)
  • Finishing: 8 June 2024, St. John’s (YYT)

Hotels:

  • The Wilds

Group size:

  • Minimum number of participants: 6
  • Maximum number of participants: 20

Guides and ABA staff: 1 local lead guide and 1 ABA staff for up to 14 participants, 2 guides and 2 ABA staff for 15 to 20 participants

Focus:

Birds

Birding pace:

Medium

Photography opportunities:

Medium-High

Physical difficulty:

Medium

Price:

  • $3,600 per person in double occupancy (twin or double)
  • $300 single supplement

Included:

  • 6 hotel nights
  • 3 meals per day from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
  • All local private transportation to and from sites visited and transportation from airport to hotel and day 1 and from hotel to airport on day 7
  • All guiding fees for tour leaders and local guides
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities described in the itinerary (unless it is explicitly mentioned they are optional)

Not included:

  • Transportation to and from St. John’s (starting and finishing in YYT)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Purchases of a personal nature, including (but not limited to) laundry service, room service, phone calls, toiletries, souvenirs etc.
  • No insurance is included. We strongly recommend you get your own travel, cancellation, and medical insurance
  • Extensions of the trip due to circumstances out of our control
  • Any tips you would like to offer tour leaders, guides, drivers, porters, wait staff, housekeeping, etc. for outstanding service

Optional add-ons:

There will be optional activities available that are not included in the main tour price, for example, a beach boil-up or a foraging tour, for those interested. These optional activities will be posted later on, and you will be notified of all the available options so you can decide whether you wish to sign up for any of them.

If you want to arrive before June 2, 2024, or leave after June 8, 2024, we can book extra hotel nights in St. John’s for you, at an additional fee. You can indicate this in your booking form.

Terms and conditions:

aba.org/terms-conditions

Booking and secure payment:

06/02/2024    Arrival at St. John’s

We meet for dinner this evening, nestled away in North America’s oldest city at the eastern edge of the continent. Overnight: St. John’s

06/03/2024    Cape Spear, boreal forests, and Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

We begin our morning with a visit to Cape Spear National Historic Site – the easternmost point of land in North America and a great place to scan for birds, whales, and maybe even an iceberg! From here, we stroll easy roads and trails through lush boreal forests searching out gems such as Boreal Chickadee, Fox Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and numerous species of warbler – among many others. In the afternoon, we take a boat tour of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve which is home to more than 4 million seabirds – including North America’s largest Atlantic Puffin colony, thousands of Common Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, and even a few Thick-billed Murre. Prepare to be awed! Overnight: The WILDS Resort

06/04/2024    Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

Today we visit the majestic Northern Gannet colony at Cape St. Mary’s, where 30,000 of these beautiful birds nest atop a towering sea stack and nearby cliffs.  We will also enjoy the thousands of other seabirds at this site, including Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Murre, and the world’s southernmost breeding Thick-billed Murre. We will look for Horned Lark, American Pipit, and other songbirds on the beautiful sub-arctic tundra, as well as other wildlife and unique wildflowers. We may even spot some Moose or other wildlife along the way. Several short stops will be made during our drive to stretch our legs and look for boreal songbirds. Overnight: The WILDS Resort

06/05/2024    Exploring the Eastern Hyperoceanic Barrens

We depart early this morning to explore one of Newfoundland’s most rare and special places – the sub-arctic barrens of the southeast Avalon Peninsula. We will search for tundra birds such as Willow Ptarmigan, Horned Lark, and Short-eared Owl. Seabirds such as Atlantic Puffin, Black Guillemot, and Razorbill can be found nesting along the rugged coast and towering cliffs. Sheltered patches of forest and tuckamore are home to hardy songbirds such as Boreal Chickadee, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, and Gray Jays. We’ll also enjoy a visit to one of the island’s most iconic lighthouses at Cape Race, which played a prominent role in the final hours of the Titanic tragedy. And with any luck we may spot some of the world’s southernmost Woodland Caribou as they forage on the open barrens! Overnight: The WILDS Resort

06/06/2024    Boreal forests and Salmonier Nature Park

We won’t wander far from our basecamp today, exploring nearby forests and wetlands in search of more boreal songbirds and better looks at those seen earlier. We will also visit the Salmonier Nature Park – a center for environmental education, wildlife rehabilitation, research, and environmental monitoring. Here we can stroll leisurely trails and boardwalks, spot some of the province’s most iconic wildlife (captive, but unable to be released back in the wild), and learn more about its unique natural history. Overnight: The WILDS Resort

06/07/2024    Urban birding and St. John’s highlights

We return to St. John’s this morning with ample time to explore this historic city, visit some of its best birding spots, track down any rare or lingering species, and enjoy the iconic views from Signal Hill National Historic Site. Overnight: St. John’s

06/08/2024    Departures

We say our goodbyes this morning, with guests departing from St. John’s International Airport (or you could extend your visit to explore on your own — our local guides are happy to help you plan additional adventures).