Michigan: Spring Migration


Spring Migration, Kirtland's Warbler, and the Upper Peninsula

May 21 to May 29, 2018      

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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.



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
Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon


by email to travel@njaudubon.org


Scott Barnes began birding in the mid-1980s and has been an avid naturalist ever since. Encouragement and learning came from his parents and many birders, including members of the Delaware Valley and Urner Ornithological Clubs and staff of New Jersey Audubon. An interest in travel and natural history has led him from the Bering Sea to the desert southwest to the tropics of Central America in search of plants and animals.  Scott compiles the Sandy Hook Christmas Bird Count, served for thirteen years on the New Jersey Bird Records Committee, leads on See Life Paulagics boat trips, and is an eBird reviewer for NJ.  He is the assistant director for the NJ Audubon Eco-Travel program. Scott has led NJ Audubon tours to 23 US states, as well as Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Linda Mack's interest in birding began more than twenty years ago on a Cape May Weekend and she has been hooked ever since. She is a member of New Jersey Audubon's Board of Directors for fourteen years, and an Associate Naturalist for All Things Birds. She is a past President, Program Chair, and Conservation Chair for Monmouth County Audubon Society, and currently serves as a voting member of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee. Linda has traveled extensively throughout North America studying birds and natural history, with multiple trips to California, Montana, Arizona, Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana and Florida, as well as Belise, Costa Rica and Panama in Central America. Her infectious enthusiasm and willingness to share knowledge is well known. She has co-led tours to 22 US states, and is a regular leader on long weekend trips to coastal Massachusetts, the Adirondack Mountains and Bombay Hook, as well as NJ Audubon's annual Cape May Fall Festival.

For tour itineraries, to register, or for more information contact:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel at: (609)-400-3852
c/o NJ Audubon Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
or email