It was so good we’ve decided to keep it!
Birds & Wildlife of the Everglades, once a ‘Special’ one-time Backcountry Journeys photography tour to Florida, will soon take its place in our Trips Calendar alongside our other regularly scheduled photography tours.
When we announced this trip, back in November 2020, we said to “buckle up for a seemingly never-ending array of birds and toothy critters while on this six-day tour,” and the proof was in the proverbial pudding this past February as two separate Backcountry Journeys groups saw all the action in person! Get a feel for how things went by reading guide Russell Graves’ account of each adventure here & here.
Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. Adventures to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge proved of great success, as well! Ding Darling consists of over 6,400 acres of mangrove forest, submerged seagrass beds, cordgrass marshes, and West Indian hardwood hammocks, all idyllic habitats.
Crowded wetlands featuring literally thousands of critters offered photographic opportunities for Manatee, Roseate Spoonbill, Teal, Anhinga, White pelican, Green heron, Osprey, Alligator, Ibis, Blue heron, Swallow-tailed kite, Everglades raccoon, among so many others. The action was truly non-stop!
Short walks, carefully selected roadside stops, combined with three privately chartered boat tours position photographers deep inside the Everglades region, offering up-close-and-personal looks at all of the life that calls this area home.
Backcountry Journeys was thrilled to have introduced ourselves to the ‘Sunshine State’ this past February. And now we’ll be headed back, again and again, as this trip itinerary will now be a regularly scheduled BCJ Tour.
Kenton Krueger has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers, and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Katmai, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands National Parks, as well as internationally in Costa Rica & Brazil. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, and spent roughly five years writing and photographing for the award-winning Omaha World-Herald newspaper, out of his hometown, Omaha, Nebraska. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of trip leading and guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens, to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.