Ecotourism “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.”  NBS Ecotours are led by knowledgeable NBS Education staff.  The cost includes transportation and snacks. Please dress for the weather, bring a lunch, and binoculars.


The Farmhouse Ecotour

December 6th - 8th, 2019

Join Norman Bird Sanctuary for the first ever Rhode Island birding ecotour and 2-night weekend stay at the on-site historic Paradise Farmhouse!

The smallest state is a hub for impressive winter birding, with 235 species having been recorded here between December and February alone. Habitats range from rocky and sandy shorelines to upland shrublands and forests. NBS naturalists will guide your group through some of the best birding hotspots across the state. You’ll relax in the peaceful and well-appointed Paradise Farmhouse, and leave the bird scouting and driving to us.


Winter Rarities Ecotour (January)

Registration opens in November 2019!

Hop into the NBS van for a day trip that hits several birding hot spots throughout the region. Coastal New England is known for large number of rare birds visiting in the winter months. The itinerary is planned to coincide with current sightings reports, so participants have the best chance of spotting rare winter migrants.

Spring Migration Ecotour

Spring Migration Ecotour (May)

Registration opens in March 2020!

May is an exciting time to see droves of migrating warblers, raptors, shorebirds, and other species. Hop into the ‘Bird Van’ and hit the best birding hot spots throughout southern New England. Your birding guides plan the day trip around current sightings reports, so you have the best chance of spotting rare spring migrants.


Fall Migration Ecotour (September)

Registration opens in July 2020!

September is a beautiful time of year to see waves of migrating birds as they make their way down the Atlantic flyway. Experienced and beginner birders alike are welcome on this itinerary designed to hit several birding hotspots and a variety of habitats in the area. Be on the lookout for raptors, shorebirds, and droves of swallows among other species.

Gather Your Flock!

Package Your Group’s Stay at the Paradise Farmhouse with a RI Ecotour!

For birders looking to discover the best of Rhode Island birding, you can now enjoy customized Ecotours packaged with accommodations at Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Paradise Farmhouse. You’ll explore the best seasonal locations to find rare birds all while staying in the heart of one of state’s best birding hot spots.