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Cruise One
(610) 437-5590
2506 Chester Street
Allentown, PA

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National Discount Cruise Co.
(610) 439-4883
1401 North Cedar Crest Boulevard, Suite 110
Allentown, PA

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CCruise, Inc
(484) 821-0990
P.O. Box 357
Bethlehem, PA

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Cruise One
(610) 769-5511
4823 Hilton Road
Schnecksville, PA

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Easton Coach Company
(610) 253-4055
1200 Conroy Place
Easton, PA

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Lehigh & Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA)
(610) 435-4517
Allentown, PA

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Lehigh Valley Rail Management LLC
(610) 694-3484
313 East Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA

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G & S Travel and Tours
(610) 759-1520
4608 Steuben Road
Bethlehem, PA

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Trans-Bridge Lines, Inc.
(610) 868-6001
2012 Industrial Drive
Bethlehem, PA

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East Coast Touring Company
(610) 252-7774
701 Uhler Road
Easton, PA

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Birding Tours

Tips on Choosing a Birding Tour

by Bill Thompson, III With all the choices out there, finding the right tour company to meet your needs can seem overwhelming. Asking (and receiving answers to) the right questions can ease your anxiety and maybe even turn you from a wary traveler into a birding tour enthusiast. The first step is narrowing down your tour options into a workable selection.

Big or Small Company?

Both large and small tour companies offer bargains, but your enjoyment is what it's all about. With a big, long-established tour company, you may pay a little more, but the higher cost should mean a high quality experience. Smaller companies often can provide more personal attention. Caveat: If a smaller, newer company is offering a tour for substantially less than its competitors, it's wise to delve a little deeper to make sure that you are getting what you pay for. Ask about those things most important to you: key birds you are seeking, the ratio of customers-to-leaders, the creature comforts of the tour.

Word of Mouth

Experience is the best indication of a tour company's service, so ask around! Talk to members of your local bird club and anyone else who is a frequent traveler. Chances are good that you know someone who has taken guided tours. Personal recommendations can be very helpful.

For Starters, Take It Easy

If you've never gone on a tour, start with a relatively short excursion in North America to see how you like the experience, rather than leap into a three-week marathon trip to some exotic country. You should also consider the pace and intensity of the tour. Some trips are relaxed and others are gung-ho. Start off with an easy trip and plan for a more challenging one later. The tour company can describe the pace of the trip for you.

Questions to Ask the Tour Company

  1. Usually a bird-tour company will maintain an office staffed with people who know the tour business. If you can't find out what you need to know by reading the published information about a tour, call the office and ask questions.
  2. Have they run this tour before? Often it's wise to avoid a company's very first trip to a region. You can catch the tour next year, after the itinerary has been perfected.
  3. Is the leader familiar with the area? The company may have a long history of trips to East Aardvark, but that's not a plus if this year's leader has never been there.
  4. What is the maximum group size? Group size can be a crucial factor in the quality of you...

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Featured Destinations

Featured Birding Hotspots

Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

This place is, unequivocally, for the birders!
Newfoundland and Labrador is home to 16 ecological reserves and two wilderness reserves. Of these, six are internationally recognized breeding sites for seabirds. At these sites, it is possible for you to see, first-hand, the chaotic majesty of a seabird colony in the wild.

Seabird capital of North America: population 35 million
35 million seabirds - 25,000 gannets, 500,000 puffins, 7 million storm-petrels and 24,000 razorbills - just to name a few. Overall, 350 species of birds. Be witness to chaotic gatherings around our many guts and bays, inlets and reserves, both in the sky and sea.

For the birds
Come for the falcons, hawks, and ospreys. And for northern species like murres and boreal owls. And rare species like black-headed gulls and fulmars. There are more than 800 American bald eagles across the Province, making this place one of the largest populations on the continent.

The perfect landing strip
Besides the millions of seabirds that enjoy the rich marine life, we welcome rare species to these parts every year. Think of it as a crossroads for bird traffic - many non-native birds stray from their migration route and end up here, so sightings of non-native species for this climate zone are not uncommon.

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© Tom Dunkerton

I Dream of...
Adding Life Birds to my List at the 13th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival scheduled for January 27 - February 1, 2010

Several attendees at the 2009 Festival added up to 10 birds to their life list!

Presented by the Brevard Nature Alliance and timed to coincide with peak activity for wintering bird populations in Florida, this event has something of interest for everyone - over 220 activities including classroom presentations, field trips, water adventures, an Exhibit Center with over 75 exhibitors, Art Competition with over $1,600 in prizes, Silent Auction, the Raptor Project, a Pelagic Boat Trip, and more.

Blessed with diverse habitats and favorable climate, Florida's Space Coast is among the best birding locations in North America. More than 330 species of birds have been seen here including many coveted species such as Florida Scrub-Jay, Crested Caracara, Snail Kite, Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill, Reddish Egret, Peregrine Falcon, Black Rail, Painted Bunting, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman's Sparrow, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Glaucous Gull, Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull, Thayer's Gull, and more.

Outstanding Birding & Wildlife Watching Sites include: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Canaveral National Seashore, The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Port Canaveral and 30 local Florida Birding Trail locations, 38 within a one hour drive, and more.

Festival field trips, Seminars, Workshops and Keynote Presentations are led by a combination of local, national and international talent. The 2010 Festival w...

Author: Bird Watcher's Digest

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The Charles Kuralt Trail

Following a Nature Lover: Birding the Charles Kuralt Trail

by Jerry Uhlman

On the Road with Charles Kuralt was a familiar television program to most of us, who watched him introduce unique personalities that he found during his travels across America. A slightly rumpled, easygoing nature lover, Kuralt expressed his deep appreciation for the outdoors best at the end of his Sunday morning program with nature scenes of stridently singing warblers or close-ups of waders spearing fish at the edge of a refuge pool. He left us on July 4, 1997, following a battle with lupus and is best remembered for his deep appreciation of birds and wildlife, especially in our wildlife refuges.

In commemoration of Charles Kuralt's life, a new self-guided auto route, called the Charles Kuralt Trail--On the Refuge Road, snakes through the refuges of coastal North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. The new trail connects Pea Island, Alligator River, Mackay Island, Mattamuskeet, Pocosin Lakes, and Roanoke River refuges, and the Edenton National Fish Hatchery in North Carolina. Back Bay and Great Dismal Swamp refuges in Virginia are also part of the trail.

An audiocassette, guidebook, and maps are available to aid the first-time visitor, and kiosks at the refuges give interpretive information and explain the uniqueness of each refuge. The Kuralt family, the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society (producer of the audiocassette), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Wilderness Graphics jointly developed the On the Refuge Road trail.

Much of the Charles Kuralt Trail meanders through one of the largest wetland areas in the mid-Atlantic states, called the Pocosin, the water surface of which accounts for better than half of the total area. The Pocosin, an Algonquin Indian term that means "swamp on a hill," is dotted with many shallow lakes. This habitat supports an immense community of plant and animal life that lives in a swamp or marsh environment and thrives on thick, dense vegetation. Its interior is particularly remote.

The Pocosin low country of North Carolina is steeped in murky legends and mystery. The interior belonged to several regional Indian tribes into the early 1800s. European adventurers and settlers didn't arrive in the Albemarle from Virginia and Maryland until the early 1700s. Its remoteness, swampy environment, and particularly pesky insects stunted exploration and gave the area the specter of being uninhabitable. On the coast, however, the Roanoke Island colony was founded in the late 1500s, the site where Virginia Dare, first child of English parents in America, was born. The fate of the Lost Colony remains an unsolved mystery to this day. Later, pirates, reputedly Blackbeard among them, cruised along the coast and made frequent forays inland to maraud the small defenseless villages.

In the mid-1800s, small plantations sprang up when farmers discovered the rich soil along the higher ground of the Pocosin. The growing population slowed dramatica...

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