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Poland: Gdansk, Warsaw, Primeval Forests and Marshes

Explore and bird the primeval Białowieża Forest of eastern Poland. This forest is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense forest that once stretched the European plain. We will also visit the Biebrza Marshes, an extensive stretch of marshes with possibilities of Aquatic Warbler, Black Stork, and White-tailed Eagle.


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The trip starts in Warsaw, but we will be transferring to Gdansk for 2 days where we will visit Długi Targ, the old market place, the famous Malbork Castle, bird the mouth of the Vistula River and the Hel Peninsula, a is a 35-km-long sandbar peninsula in northern Poland separating the Bay of Puck from the open Baltic Sea.

On the drive over to the Belarus border we will stop at Druzno Lake, famous for its wealth of breeding species including River Warbler, Ferruginous Duck and Lesser Spotted Eagle.

The Białowieża Forest is one of the last and largest remaining parts of immense primeval forest that once stretched the European plain. With luck we will be able to see the European Bison, as the forest is home of over 600 of these critters. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the specialties of the area include White-backed, European Three-toed, Black, Gray-headed and Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Corn Crake, Red-breasted Flycatcher, River and Barred Warbler. One evening we will be visiting a Great Snipe lek.

The Biebrza Marshes are an extensive stretch of marshes. There we will be looking for the evening-singing Aquatic Warbler, Citrine Wagtail and Bluethroat. An excursion to the Siemianówka Reservoir should yield gulls, terns, Black Stork and White-tailed Eagles. With luck we will see a Moose.

Our final day we will be in Warsaw exploring Old Town, the Royal Castle and either the Chopin Museum or the Copernicus Science Center.

Trip Details

  • Trip leaders: Stefan Schlick
  • Early Bird discount: $3,395 members / $3,695 non-members
  • Deposit: $1,900
  • Single supplement: $520
  • Group size: Limited to 12 participants

Trip fees include all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfast/lunch/non-alcoholic beverages/snacks, tips for meals/drivers/porters/local guides, trip materials, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leader(s).

Trip fees do not include airfares, dinners, and alcoholic beverages.


May 15, 2021
May 28, 2021
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Tara Lemezis