Spring Migration, Kirtland's Warbler, and the Upper Peninsula
May 21 to May 29, 2018
Michigan hosts the lion’s share of the world breeding population of Kirtland’s Warbler, has terrific migration hotspots without huge crowds, sought-after boreal breeding birds, and some beautiful scenery. We’ll switch back and forth between days scouring migrant traps for a wide range of Neotropic songbirds, plus late spring raptors, and shorebirds, to days spent enjoying the state’s diverse breeding birds—including Kirtland’s Warbler.
With the right weather conditions, we might see 20 species of warblers in a single day! Birds of note that we’ll make concerted efforts to view include Sharp-tailed & Spruce Grouse, Upland Sandpiper, Black Tern, Red-headed and Black-backed Woodpecker, Sedge Wren, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Mourning, Connecticut, and Golden-winged Warbler, LeConte’s Sparrow, and Evening Grosbeak, among others. We’ll also visit scenic Tahquemenon Falls—one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi with a 50’ drop and over 200’ wide.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY TO MODERATE
PACE, WEATHER, AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS:
Our days in the field usually begin about 7:00 a.m. and will end no later than 6:00 p.m. The trip involves easy to moderate walking on mostly flat ground. On some days we may spend several hours on our feet, though there will be breaks for people to sit and rest.
Temperatures will be cool to warm. Expect a temperature range from lows around 40 to highs in the low-70’s. Rain or thunderstorms are always possible; bring a poncho or rain jacket. It may feel quite cool if the wind is blowing off one of the three Great Lakes we’ll be near, so a warm layer and windbreaker is worth packing. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and black flies will likely be present.
Travel during this tour will be in vans, with no more than 7 participants plus a leader in one "12 person" van. Tour size is limited to 12 participants.
Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.
DATES: Monday May 21 (evening introductions/orientation at our hotel) to Tuesday May 29 (flights home anytime that day), 2018. Tour starts and ends in Detroit.
PRICE: Cost for this tour is $2,295 based on double occupancy; single supplement (if you request single occupancy, or we are unable to find you a suitable roommate) is $500. A deposit of $500 will hold your place until Mar 21, 2018 when full payment becomes due.
Hotel accommodations for 8 nights, tour leadership, ground transportation while in Michigan, and entry fees. It does not include meals or airfare to/from Detroit.
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NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 400-3852
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