International Tours

We’re looking for a few curious, enthusiastic travelers to share in-depth adventures in some of our favorite international destinations. Group size will be small to ensure a quality experience.

Trinidad & Tobago
June 18-26, 2015

Avid birders and fans of natural history have flocked to Trinidad and the Asa Wright Nature Centre for over three decades, drawn by a magnetic combination of fascinating birds, talented naturalists, and time at a place that makes history in the study of the New World tropics. Many agree the twin islands, closely linked to South America in origin, provide the best possible introduction to the New World Tropical birding and ecology.

On this SABO-sponsored tour, you will travel with like-minded people who support bird research and conservation. With SABO naturalists Sheri Williamson and Tom Wood teamed with Trinidad and Tobago’s legendary local guides, this is a trip not to miss.

Read the full tour description and itinerary.

To register for this special tour, contact Caligo Ventures by phone (800) 426-7781 or email: A deposit of $300 holds your space. A donation of $200 benefits SABO and confirms your tour.

Belize & Tikal
March 2016

Join the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory for an adventure in the tropical kingdom of the ancient Maya! This tour will introduce you to many of the region’s outstanding natural areas and archeological sites and the hospitality of comfortable lodges that cater to birders and other wildlife enthusiasts.

Your leader, SABO naturalists Sheri Williamson and Tom Wood, have been fans of Belize since their first visit in 1983. Sheri is internationally known for her expertise in hummingbirds but is also a butterfly and plant enthusiast and has studied the art and history of the ancient Maya. Her love of the natural and human history of the Maya region inspired a chapter in Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die: Birding Experts Share The World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella. The expertise of local naturalist guides will complement Sheri and Tom’s 35 years of experience in tropical birding and natural history.

Early spring is a particularly good time to enjoy warblers and other migrants headed north to nesting grounds in the eastern U.S. and Canada as well as tropical residents such as hummingbirds, toucans, parrots, trogons, and more. Highlights of previous trips include Little Tinamou, Jabiru Stork, King Vulture, Snail Kite, White Hawk, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Barred Forest-Falcon, Orange-breasted Falcon, Ocellated Turkey, Crested Guan, Great Curassow, Yucatan (Yellow-lored) Parrot, Stripe-throated (Little) Hermit, Purple-crowned Fairy, Collared Trogon (photo, above left), Collared Araçari, Tody Motmot, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Tawny-winged Woodcreeper, White-collared Manakin, Yucatan Jay, Black-faced Anthrush, Black-throated Shrike-Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Montezuma Oropendola, Ocelot, Black Howler Monkey, Spider Monkey, White-nosed Coatimundi, Red Brocket Deer, Morelet’s Crocodile, Green Iguana, and Striped Basilisk. An active Harpy Eagle nest discovered late last year in a remote reserve in central Belize increases the chances of sighting this monarch of the forest.

Price TBA, will include lodging, meals, in-country transportation, local guide services, entrance fees, tips, and local taxes. Airfare to Belize, alcoholic beverages, laundry, other personal expenses, and airport exit tax are not included. Belize tours are limited to 6 to 10 participants. E-mail SABO for reservations or more information.

Parrots & Quetzals of Madera, Chihuahua
Summer 2015

Tropical Birds of Sonora
March 2015