How to Plan an Audubon Sightseeing Trip May 24, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Planning an Audubon sightseeing trip can be as simple or complicated as you want. Since the first Audubon Center opened in New York in 1923, forty more centers have opened dedicated to birdwatching and wildlife. This means that you can easily take a road trip across the country and make it a point to visit an Audubon Center. If you’re interested in natural history, birdwatching, and wildlife excursions visiting an Audubon Center is an effective way to plan a trip. Each center helps you connect with the solace and beauty of the great outdoors.
Start by deciding how many of the Audubon centers you want to visit on your road trip. Keep in mind that there are 41 centers, and each has a different focus. Some of the best options are the wildlife viewing areas, like the one in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary at Florida’s Blair Audubon Center.
East Coast Birdwatching
If you are short on time, then just plan an East Coast road trip throughout the Audubon locations. Start at the north in Maine at the Fields Pond Audubon. Then go south through Maine to the Project Puffin Visitor Center, Todd Wildlife Sanctuary, and Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. From there, drive to Craryville, New York, to visit the Ramshorn-Livingston Audubon Center and Sanctuary. There is another large group of centers and sanctuaries in New York and the surrounding area. You can stop by the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary or the center in Southbury, Connecticut. If you want to keep going south, you can also visit the centers in Corolla, North Carolina; Jackson, South Carolina; Maitland, Florida; and Naples, Florida. There is a wide range of birds and other wildlife that inhabit the varied landscapes of the Eastern Seaboard.
For those who want to combine a more intense road trip with some nature appreciation, you can even turn your trip into a cross-country adventure. Start at any of the visitor centers mentioned above before driving west. Consider driving through Ohio, where there are two centers. Then, go to West Alton, Missouri, followed by Gibbon, Nebraska. From here, you will enjoy a fantastic road trip through the heartland, filled with natural beauty. Finally, you can end up on the West Coast at the centers in Tiburon or Los Angeles.
Even if you are focusing your road trip on visiting Audubon Centers, you need to think about the same things you would on any other road trip. Choose an efficient vehicle so you don’t use too much fuel. At the same time, don’t sacrifice fuel economy for space, especially if you plan on going across the country. Be sure to pack your walking shoes since nearly every center has a hiking trail. Don’t forget to pack some snacks and water in your car, as well, so you can focus on driving and don’t have to stop until you reach your destination at the next Audubon Center celebrating America’s natural heritage.