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How Locals Vacation in New Zealand

You often hear about New Zealand’s incredible, stunning luxury lodges around Hawke’s Bay and Queenstown, but Kiwis themselves have always been drawn to out-of-the-way places. They want to be at the far corners of the country, where big waves roll just off the front porch, long-legged seabirds scavenge in the sand for insects, and the only sounds are cicadas chirping. The iconic New Zealand “bach” (vacation home) personifies the Kiwi character: unpretentious, individual and creative. It is also a place to find solace and silence. There are extensive listings of Kiwi beaches for rent throughout the country, of course, but we found out about these three awesome places where you can stay to have a real Kiwi baech experience.

Onemana Bach - lo res

Onemana Bach

Coromandel: Paradise Found at Onemana

Internationally renowned New Zealand music producer Chris Parry (The Cure, The Jam) has slept in some of the world’s most luxurious penthouse suites, however, when he thinks of paradise, his beach on the Coromandel Peninsula is what comes to mind. Accessed only by a forestry road, his beach at Onemana, north of popular Whangamata Beach, is the polar opposite of his jet set music life. It is remote, slow moving and soul restoring – and you too can rent it!

www.bachcare.co.nz/2620

Woodpecker Bay lo res

Woodpecker Bay

Woodpecker Bay: Built on the Rocks

When big waves pound the South Island’s West Coast at Woodpecker Bay, guests at this mid-century era bach have a seaside seat. Owner Daniel Beetham says guests love the bach’s wild location and the sense of peace they get when they walk through the door. Lovingly furnished with New Zealand art and items bought from secondhand shops, there is an old claw bath and a wood-burning stove. Guests at Woodpecker Bay Bach – Life on the Edge (15 minutes north of Punakaiki) can sit and watch the rough sea batter the rocks just outside the window or – for those who want to get their feet wet – there is a great swimming hole at Fox River, 2.5 miles to the south. As for the name, “Woodpecker Bay,” well it is a Kiwi mystery… New Zealand has no woodpeckers!

www.bookabach.co.nz/23594

Stewart Island: A Bird Lover’s Paradise

Located only 39 steps from the bach to the beach, guests at Skip’s Place are woken by a deafening dawn chorus as bellbirds, grey warblers and kakariki warming up their vocal chords. Owner Holger Lachman, originally from Germany, visited Stewart Island – on New Zealand’s southern extremity – as a backpacker 20 years ago and never left. The weatherboard bach has been fully modernized, yet some original features remain – guests have to light a fire for hot water – but Lachman says visitors like the rustic do-it-yourself aspects. They also enjoy how dark it is when night falls, which is great for stargazing and seeing the Southern Cross.

http://www.nzstays.co.nz/497-s kip-039s-place-stewart-island- new-zealand.html

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Honduras: An Eco-Resort’s Latest Organic Offering

The Lodge at Pico Bonito’s New Organic Spa and More…

Honduras Eco Hotel

Dinner at The Lodge at Pico Bonito (c) Small Luxury Hotels of the World

We’re back from the holidays and we’re already ready to plan our next vacation. You too? If getting back to the grind is inspiring daydreams of ditching it all for a trip away from it all, we have a great suggestion for you…

The majestic jungles of Honduras!

Because really… there’s nothing like being in the middle of the glorious jungle filled with over 40 different types of tropical butterflies, toucans, motmots, and miles of private trails through canyons, waterfalls, and swimming holes. If that’s not reason enough, how about a mystical Temazcal (Mayan sauna) in the center of the jungle to get your trip – and your soul – steered in the right direction?

The Pool at Pico Bonito

The Pool at Pico Bonito (c) Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Temazcal, which comes from the Nahuatl Word temacalli, means ‘house of heat.’ Originating in the pre-Hispanic indigenous culture in Mesoamerica, legend has it that the dome shape of the steam house represents Mother Earth’s womb, and those taking part in a Temazcal are said to experience a rebirth.

Honduras’ top eco-resort, The Lodge at Pico Bonito, is inviting travelers to abandon the stresses of home, ignite a new outlook on life, and increase circulation of the senses with their new organic spa offerings and we think it sounds like an excellent idea. It’s also been named one of the top 50 eco-lodges by National Geographic Traveler.

Honduras Eco Resort Lodge Pico Bonito

The Lodge at Pico Bonita’s Standard Room in the Center of the Jungle

The new outdoor spa, set to debut on January 15th, will have three circular cabins on stilts to maintain balance and harmony with the natural energies of the environment (one cabin for individual massage, one cabin for couples massage, one cabin with a Vichy shower, one Temazcal, and a nearby plunge pool).

Here some just a few deliciously organic spa offerings:

Revitalizing Cotinga, in the Temazcal, begins with an aromatic steam therapy to oxygenate the pores of your skin. The treatment continues in their Vichy shower with a pineapple exfoliation and a therapeutic anti-inflammatory chamomile mud wrap. (Note: Temazcal rituals need two people per session so bring along your partner for a truly liberating couples experience)

Aromatherapy, or Essential Oil therapy, is also on offer. Taking a holistic approach of using extracts from plants to balance, harmonize and improve the mind, body and soul by using essential oils such as spruce, rosewood spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy. Detox relaxes muscles, improves circulation and relieves joint pain by using essential oils such basil, grapefruit, cypress, marjoram, mint, and lavender to drain and remove toxins.

Organic spa treatment

Organic Ingredients Good Enough to Eat!

Organic Fruit Facials incorporate seasonal fruits like cucumber, melon, banana, lychee, papaya, pineapple and passion fruit, along with cacao and honey, to refreshen your face. The best part? Their 50-minute facial only costs US $45. For those feeling even more romantic, there’s the Romantic Rio Coloradito Treatment, a lavender-fused massage to delete back and neck tensions from all those days sitting at the computer. It’s followed with a warm foot purification scrub (using honey and flowers for her and herbs for him) while sipping on a delicious tea from local fruits and aphrodisiac spices.

Honduran Rafting Excursion!

Honduran Rafting Excursion! (c) Small Luxury Hotels of the World

The eco-lodge is worth the escape alone. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, its five-star amenities are set on the edge of Honduras’ second largest National Park, ten miles from La Ceiba. There’s a trio of four-story observation decks overlooking the jungle canopy and adventures like white water rafting and jungle safaris through protected mangroves make it an unforgettable experience. Plus, with only 22 private cabins, it’s the perfect place to escape city life, in eco-chic style.

www.picobonito.com 

Lake Mojave and Cottonwood Cove Resort’s Eco-Dive and Environmental Clean Up Day

Lake Mojave

Lake Mojave’s Cottonwood Cove and Marina

We like a good cause related adventure and in the spirit of keeping our natural habitat looking and functioning great, Forever Resorts, in cooperation with the National Park Service, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the area SCUBA diving community, will host its annual Eco-Dive and Environmental Clean-up Day at Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina. It’s a chance for eco-conscious individuals to come out and help clean up the marina, the dock, and surrounding beach areas with others who share their passion for preserving the beauty of our National Park lands.

Did we also mention you can rent houseboats? There’s something Wild West on the Water about Houseboats, isn’t there?

More than 19,500 pounds of debris have been collected over the last seven clean-up days at Cottonwood Cove—that’s nearly 10 tons of trash. Individuals wishing to volunteer for Clean-up Day should remember to wear loose fitted or layered clothing closed toed shoes, sunglasses/hat, and sunscreen. Tools and bags will be provided. The first 100 participants to arrive will receive t-shirts and all who register will be entered in a raffle to receive prizes.

WHEN:
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

EVENT OVERVIEW:
7:30 a.m. –  Registration

8:30 a.m. – Land volunteer safety meeting and departure

8:45 a.m. – Diver safety meeting and departure

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Harbor closure for first dive; land volunteers on beaches

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – snack/water break

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Harbor closure for second dive; land volunteers on beaches

11:30 a.m. – BBQ begins for land volunteers

12:30 p.m. – BBQ for divers

1 to 2 p.m. – Raffle and giveaways

WHERE:
Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina on Lake Mohave
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada
Located 14 miles east of Searchlight, Nev.

Directions to Cottonwood Cove from Las Vegas:
Take US-93 S/US-95 S, and the get off at the exit toward Searchlight, NV. Merge onto US-95. Turn left at W. Cottonwood Cove Road.

Directions to Cottonwood Cove from Laughlin, Nev.:
Go North on NV-163, turn slight right onto US-95. Turn right at W. Cottonwood Cove Rd.

Directions to Cottonwood Cove  from Southern California:
Take 15-N toward Las Vegas. Take the exit for Hwy 164-E (Nipton Rd) toward Searchlight. Hwy 164 turns into Cottonwood Cove Road

www.CottonwoodCoveResort.com

The Eco-Awesome Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf

Who knew that a hotel on SF’s played out pier, could be so cool? Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf multi-million dollar renovations were completed back in 2012 and have since ushered in a fresh new property that’s perfect for families and couples who want to be right on the Wharf. From the moment you step into the lobby, public areas, and guest rooms, you’ll absorb San Francisco’s sweet charm. Also suited for busy business travelers like me, the hotel’s 355 rooms have  flat-screen TVs, premium linens, updated bathrooms, an on-site Business Center, and sleek 24-hour Fitness Center (to burn off that sourdough bowl calm chowdah you just can’t stop eating). We also love the heated outdoor pool – available year-round. 

If that’s not all, there’s complimentary Wi-Fi (!!) and gorgeous views of the bay, making the Radisson one of the best hotels for families in San Francisco. From the hotel’s location at Fisherman’s Wharf, you’re also incredibly close to the area’s best attractions—just steps from ferries to Alcatraz, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco’s historic cable cars and shopping, dining, and entertainment options at Pier 39.

A newly designed room at The Radisson Fisherman Wharf

A newly designed room at The Radisson Fisherman Wharf

Why else do we like it?

All of the Radisson US managed hotels are Green Key certified, and participation overall has doubled since announcing the partnership between Carlson Hotels and the Green Key Eco-Rating program. Together with other labels, more than 90 hotels have received eco-labels. On Earth Day 2011, Carlson also announced their registration for the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the company’s corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, MN.

Latest Efforts include:

Implementing a Recycling and Composting program that has diverted 75% of their trash to recycle and compost. Recent success include: recycling bins for all guestrooms and public areas; recyclable bags on all housekeeping carts for appropriate disposal; converted the trash compactor to a recycling compactor; scheduled new pick up frequencies with refuse company; installed new recycling bins in all guestrooms and public areas and educated all team members and space lessees on the proper way to dispose of their trash, recyclables, and compostable in the appropriate bins. Every new Radisson employee is required to go through a required Responsible Business Training, which includes social, ethical and environmental responsibility practices. Other eco-awesomeness with Radisson properties include:

  • Radisson Bed Linens Go Green: Radisson is the first hotel brand in the U.S. to introduce bed linens made of Tencel+Plus Lyocell – a new fabric, which uses 100 times less water than cotton in its production. The fabric, produced by Austria’s Lensing Fibers and sold by Valley Forge, is derived from eucalyptus trees grown in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forests which are protected from overcutting. It is the only FSC certified fiber that can contribute to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification points. The linens are required for all Radisson Blu hotels opening in the US and encouraged bedding options for all Radisson hotels in the region.
  • Increased Green Certifications: Green certifications in Carlson Rezidor Americas properties increased 35 percent over 2011 and the brand is well on track to having all its hotels eco-labelled by 2015
  • Improved Consumption Monitoring/Tracking: Carlson Rezidor launched Think Planet to track hotel energy and water consumptions, while managed hotels in the Americas use Energy Star Portfolio Manager
  • Responsible Business Action Month: Carlson Rezidor will continue to host its annual Responsible Business Action Month as a call-to-action for their 35,000+ employees in 70 countries around the world, placing a focused emphasis on sustainable business practices and giving back to communities to make a positive difference on a global, national and local level. Its latest 2012 initiative was the most successful to-date, with an estimated participation of 400 hotels globally contributing to:
    • planting 5,700 trees
    • removing 35,000 gallons of illegal waste from the environment
    • raising over $300,000 for charity, including the World Childhood Foundation
    • donating 13,000 boxes of necessities to those in need
  • Local Property Accountability: Radisson makes continuous efforts to stay closely in-tune with local property management to ensure sustainable practices are being upheld within all of their hotels across the U.S. Such local efforts include eco-friendly LED lighting, the use of Green Seal cleaning products, linen wash/change guest options, and partnerships with non-profit organizations including Clean The World, to whom Radisson donates their discarded soap, shampoo/conditioner and lotion products for processing and re-use among communities in need – eliminating over 750 tons of waste.

Rooms run as low as $175/night!

http://www.radisson.com/san-francisco-hotel-ca-94133/cafisher

The Only Major Resort in the Caribbean to Use Solar to Replace Their Energy Consumption

The View Ain't Too Shabby Either

The View Ain’t Too Shabby Either

We could use a Caribbean vacay right about now and we’re particularly fond of eco-friendly resort options like The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten too. Not only the first Westin hotel or resort in the world, but also the only major resort in the Caribbean to complete and utilize solar panels to replace its energy consumption throughout the resort. Can you believe that? Namely, that it’s the only major resort doing this in a such an ideal location. Get with the program, hoteliers! This game changing move allows the resort to produce six to eight hours of its own power during peak times.

Installing the panels

Workers Install Solar Panels at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa

In fact, the resort began taking advantage of the island’s abundance of sunshine in 2007 with the installation of solar panels to heat the water used in the property’s guest rooms. The resort’s owner, Columbia Sussex Corporation, working with OneWorld Sustainable, completed the installation of 2,602 Lightway solar panels for a total system capacity of 755 kilowatts.

The completed solar system will produce approximately 1,223,000 Kilowatt hours per year. This is enough electricity to power – get this – 111 average sized American homes. The system will avoid 1.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions or the equivalent of CO2 emissions from energy used by 43 homes annually, or 707 acres of forest preserved from deforestation by carbon sequestering.

An Ocean View Room

An Ocean View Room

Dan Szydlowski, Regional Director, says it best. “With sunshine nearly guaranteed year round, we saw only positive attributes to making this capital and environmental sustainability investment.”

So, a shout out to the Westin… and a reminder to other hoteliers to get enLIGHTened!

$345/night

 

 

 

Escape to La Paz!

Does that look like peace enough to you?

Does that look like peace enough to you?

La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico means ‘Peace’ and we must admit, La Paz has the upper hand when it comes to “off-the-beaten path” activities. We’ve been there and can attest to that. From swimming with sea lions to sipping champagne, there’s no shortage of R&R or adventure.

Hidden away on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula approximately 135 miles north of Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez, the city is a gateway to one of the world’s most unique and bountiful ecosystems, declared a World Heritage Site and dubbed by French marine biologist Jacques Cousteau ‘the aquarium of the world’.

Exploring the aquarium of the world

Exploring the aquarium of the world

The city’s rich cultural history, striking natural wonders, white sand beaches, turquoise waters and world-class sports fishing have made it a magnet for romantics seeking a secluded getaway, outdoor enthusiasts looking for adventure and families in search of a kid-friendly place to explore. Outside selected La Paz as best weekend escape of 2013 and Beautiful Bride as one of the top six honeymoon destinations for San Diegans. Direct flights are available from Los Angeles on Aeromexico, while a new four-lane highway makes the drive from Cabo San Lucas only 90 minutes.

A little whale watching up close for the adventurer in you...

A little whale watching up close for the adventurer in you…

For The Adventurer

Adventure is a big draw for experiential travelers who look to connect with the essence of their destination. The waters surrounding La Paz have one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems whose exceptional number of fish species-891, 90 of them endemic-has earned the area a World Heritage Site distinction.

Visitors can dive deep into the culture and right into El Bajo, a popular dive site known for schooling hammerheads, amber jacks, tuna, and giant Pacific mantas; or explore Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO protected gem that boasts approximately 23,800 acres of untouched ecosystems.

From mid December to late March visitors can experience the migration of gray whales, which swim approximately 5,000 miles from the Artic and North Atlantic to mate or give birth in the shallow lagoons of Magdalena Bay-approximately two and a half hours from La Paz.  For adrenaline junkies looking for some action, a whale shark encounter is the perfect end to a dive trip. These gentle filter feeding giants, weighing in at 79,000 pounds, are the largest fish in the world and can sometimes surpass 40 feet in length.

Approximately 45 minutes south of the city, travelers can visit a 124-acre cactus sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of the dozen species native endemic to Baja Sur region.  North of the city, trails lead hikers to secluded and pristine beaches, showcasing one of the most impressive sights in La Paz-the juxtaposition of the sea and desert.

The Malecon

The Malecon

For Families

If you are traveling with kids, Los Islotes, a colony of approximately 500 Californian brown sea lions, is a must-see. The playful pups are a fun and special treat for snorkelers and even the most seasoned divers.

La Paz is home to miles of virgin coastline, with dozens of white-sand beaches whose calm, crystalline waters are perfect for kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding and swimming. El Tesoro, a bay beach surrounded by mountains, is the perfect beach for kids as it boasts calm and shallow waters, and also features a small playground and restaurant. Coromuel, the first beach on La Paz’s scenic road, is where many families spend their weekends. The beach, lined with palapas (tiki huts), offers Jet Skis for rent and a variety of equipment for water sports.

Balandra, La Paz’s most famous beach, is the ultimate place for relaxation and known worldwide for its spectacular views of white-sand mountains and the bright blue sea. Balandra’s waters are so shallow and calm bathers can walk to the other side of the bay. Balandra is also home to El Hongo, La Paz’s signature mushroom-shaped rock formation.

The century old buildings and bustling boardwalk with ice cream stands, also offer a nice cultural component to any family vacation. The Regional Anthropology and History Museum located in the heart of the city displays an interesting collection of fossils and cave paintings that give insight to the daily lives of the town’s first dwellers.

Fresh ceviche at Azul Marino

Fresh ceviche at Azul Marino

For The Foodie

For those who live to eat, La Paz has a number of restaurants ready to satisfy the even the most discerning palates.

Stroll down the Malecon (boardwalk) to find an array of colorful choices. For starters there is El Bismarkcito, a local favorite popular for its fish dipping sauce, and shrimp tacos. A block away from the boardwalk, travelers can spot the fisherman delivering his catch of the day to El Empanada, a friendly spot famous for its chocolatas, or chocolate clams, a delicacy harvested from the waters of the Sea of Cortez whose peculiar name stems from their brown-colored shells.

Local chefs like Cristina Kiewek, from CostaBaja Resort and Spa’s resort award-winning restaurant Azul Marino, have created menus based off traditional Mexican recipes with an added global flare.

Kiewek’s newest venture, Nim, situated in downtown La Paz, has been well-received since it’s opening in in October. Built on an old historic home with large open spaces and ample natural light, the restaurant boasts a variety of international plates such as New Orleans style oysters, Vietnamese pho, Mediterranean Carpaccio, Moroccan lamb and traditional crowd-pleasers like guacamole and Mexican sopes (hand-made, thick corn tortillas with meat toppings).

Nim’s sister restaurant Azul Marino offers its guests a gourmet atmosphere, and the best Asian-fusion in town (think melt-in-your-mouth summer rolls and yellowtail tartare with hints of ginger!).

Fresh fish at Luna Bruja (c) Baja.com

Fresh fish at Luna Bruja (c) Baja.com

Pichilingue, a five-minute drive from El Tesoro, is home to two famous seafood restaurants, Restaurant Playa Pichilingue and Luna Bruja Restaurant. Its shallow, calm waters are perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding, a great way to feel less guilty after indulging in all of La Paz’s delicacies.

Great. Now I want to go back all over again!

Embracing the Outdoors This Winter

Someone has a taste for snow

Someone has a taste for snow

Even in winter, national wildlife refuges hold infinite pleasures and surprises for nature lovers. Ducks and geese in profusion, a furtive red fox darting past, animal prints stamped clearly in the ground, the creaking of trees in the cold. So, we thought, what better way to flex your eco-adventuring muscles than to try exploring some trails by snowshoe or take a wildlife tour … on a horse-drawn sleigh. Whatever your mode of transportation, national wildlife refuges will make the outing unique (not to mention visually inspiring).

So, warm up at one of a host of special National Wildlife Refuge events – from wreath-making workshops to wildlife presentations – and make the most of this time of year.

Winter Photography Lecture and Hike
Saturday, January 4, 9:30 a.m. to noon — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Taking photos in winter can be a challenge. Learn how to set your camera to keep skin tones true and the snow from looking dingy grey. The lecture will also cover shooting techniques, shooting locations and how to stay warm and protect your gear. Bring any type of camera and warm winter clothing.

Winter Bird Count for Kids
Saturday, January 4, 8 a.m. to noon — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Young Birders in its 4th annual event for kids. The event will include presentations, an introduction to eBird, and a tally rally with hot pizza and beverages.

Game Day Sunday
Sundays, January 5 and 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Enjoy fun, educational games for the whole family in the Discovery Room.  Try your skill at “Bird-opoly” or perhaps you might get “Caught in a Web” with insect trivia. No reservations are required. First-come, first-served. Games for ages 5+.

Bird Walk: Winter Waterfowl and Other Birds
Sunday, January 9, 9 a.m. to noon — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Join a free, guided bird walk, featuring waterfowl, woodpeckers, sparrows, raptors and herons.  Bring binoculars or borrow them from the visitor center. No experience necessary.

All About Snakes
Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. — Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Learn about snakes from an expert in this Second Saturday nature program.

2nd Annual Festival of the Cranes  
Saturday, January 11, 8 a.m. — Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, AL
See thousands of wintering sandhill cranes as well as whooping cranes and white pelicans. Enjoy refuge tours, birding workshops, nature walks, live raptors and kids’ activities.

Marsh Bird Walk
Sundays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Explore native birds and raptors with a guided walk at Sweetwater Marsh. Meet at the Living Coast Discovery Center (LCDC) entrance. While the refuge is free to enter, this guided tour with LCDC docents requires LCDC admission ($14).

Second Saturday Nature Programs
Saturday, January 11 — Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Enjoy a free nature program about the snakes of north Texas. The program includes an indoor talk and a brief field trip on the refuge.

Photo Workshop
Saturday, January 11, 10 to 11 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Learn tips and tricks to great wildlife photography from visitor services staff. Get the inside track on the best locations for refuge photos during this auditorium program. After the program, take advantage of a special photo op.

Bird Walk
Sunday, January 12, 9 to 11 a.m. — Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge, CA
Take a free guided bird hike with Audubon Society walk leaders. Borrow binoculars; share the walk leader’s spotting scope. Bird walks usually cover a distance of about two miles. Beginners are welcome.

Wichita Mountains Eagle Watch    
January and February dates TBD, 1:30 to 4 p.m. — Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, OK
Enjoy an interpretive program at refuge headquarters, followed by a bus tour to search for bald and golden eagles. Children must be 8 or older. Wheelchair accommodations can be made by request. Reserve beginning December 31:  580-429-2151. Bring binoculars if possible.

Snowshoe Clinic 
Saturday, January 18, 9 a.m. to noon — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join Sudbury Valley Trustees and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) of Acton, Marlborough, and Northborough for a snowshoe clinic at Memorial Forest in Sudbury. EMS will provide snowshoes and instructions for those who need them. Space is limited. Sign up early.
SVT’s Memorial Forest includes the southern unit of Assabet River Refuge. Register here.

Wildlife Viewing Tours
Saturday, January 18 to Sunday, January 19, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Let a naturalist be your guide for this family-friendly bus tour. See bison, hawks, eagles, deer and more in a winter landscape.

Bird Watching Trek
Monday, January 20, 8 to 10 a.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
The Wilkie Unit is a great place to see winter birds. Trumpeter swans, sucks, rough-legged hawks, bald eagles, and northern shrikes have overwintered here in the past. Bring your binoculars and favorite field guide.

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival 
January 22 –27, Eastern Florida State College, Titusville, FL
The 17th annual event is billed as the largest birding and wildlife festival in the United States. . Festival includes field trips to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Eagle Watch    
On selected Saturdays in January. Dates TBD, 9 a.m. — Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OK
After an orientation at the refuge office, take a guided bus tour to see nests through scopes. Contact: 918-773-5271.

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