The U.S. National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has unveiled its 2011 list of the 15 best wildlife-viewing tours to North, Central, and South America.
With a focus on protecting and preserving North American wildlife and after reviewing itineraries to nearly every major wildlife-viewing spot in the Americas, the NWF has selected tours that range from a volunteer trip with scientists to studying bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Belize, and exploring the wildlife and wild places of Hawaii.
There is a cruise through the Amazonian rainforest over Christmas and an exploration of Everglades in southern Florida. Selected programs also feature some lesser-known gems like the biologically diverse Big Bend National Park in Texas, and the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The 15 selected tours are: Christmas on the Amazon; The Whooping Cranes of Aransas, TX; Kingdom of the Monarch Butterflies; Best of the Everglades; Behind-the-Scenes in San Diego; Wild Hawaii; Big Bend—The Unexpected Texas; Bottlenose Dolphin Research in Belize; Cape Cod Wildlife and Walking; Where the Buffalo Roam (Black Hills, South Dakota); Photographing Yellowstone; Wolves, Bears, Geysers (Yellowstone); Wild Alaska; Galapagos; and Wild Caribbean.
The NWF, which selects the bext wildlife tours in the Americas annually for its NWF Expeditions program, says it considered a variety of factors in selecting the trips for 2011. The conservation group says it only selected trips operated by tour companies that believe in the highest standards of responsible tourism.
It also selected the most experienced tour operators, which offer some of the world’s best nature guides. Also a key factor was price, and tours were evaluated with an eye towards value. Many trips are priced below $2,000 per person, according to the NWF.
Once the trips are picked, NWF works with the tour companies concerned to designate a specific tour date just for NWF members and friends. Another feature is that every traveler can participate in one of these tours and remain carbon-neutral. NWF is offsetting the carbon footprint of all 2011 Expeditions travelers, without raising the cost of the trip.
For complete details about NWF’s Expeditions, call 800-606-9563, e-mail email@example.com or visit nwf.org/expeditions.