COVID-19 may present the largest challenge to society since World War II. Please be sure to keep yourself and your community safe by following the guidelines of the World Health Organization and other authorities. The safety and health of our customers, staff, and guides are of prime concern during these difficult times.
We know that you have been looking for some concrete statements and guidelines on our website. Believe us, we have tried to write them, but they become obsolete within a day, sometimes less, as the crisis develops.
If you have booked a tour with us, or are thinking of doing so, we are still here to answer your questions. We may not be able to get back to you immediately, but we will. There eventually will be light at the end of this tunnel, and we do intend to get through this and to keep offering the great tours that you have come to expect.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and stay safe.
The Tropical Birding Team
Update 23 March: Tropical Birding will not be migrating to High Island and Magee Marsh in 2020
Our guides will not be present at the iconic High Island, where we have led bird walks for Houston Audubon Society for over a decade, nor at Magee Marsh in Ohio, where we have been a regular feature in May for many years. The “Tropical Migrants” with their gaudy attire, bright caps, and amusing tales are staying home this year, following the current guidelines of social distancing. Although we are disappointed not to be visiting these regular migration haunts in 2020, we feel that this is in the best interests of the public at large to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We hope you can still get outside and enjoy some birding. Most regions with “shelter in place” orders consider outdoor activities to be essential activities, and you may still engage in them as long as you do so alone and respect social distancing norms. Please check with local authorities if you are not sure, but the birds are still out there waiting to be seen.
Please be careful and considerate out there, folks.
The Tropical Birding team