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Warblers on the Water

Join us for a weekend birding trip to Beaver Island, about which one dedicated birder said, “Wherever you go on the island, birding is great.”  This trip includes expert field trip leaders and engaging speakers.  You won’t need to take your vehicle as all trips are by van.  We will visit several of the 35 birding hot spots:  places like the boardwalk through a cedar swamp to Little Sand Bay (home of Winter Wrens and several warbler species), Cable’s Creek Road (aka Warbler Alley), Barney’s Lake, home of nesting loons and Miller’s Marsh where you might see American Bitterns. 


We have reserved 10 rooms at the beautiful Beaver Island Lodge for two nights; if you want to stay over Sunday night, we will have to add your room to the list.  Four of those rooms have already been reserved, so if you are interested, please contact us as early as possible to make sure you aren’t disappointed.


We have not made arrangements for transportation to and from the island; you will have to do that on your own.  You will either take the ferry to the island, or you will fly.  Reservations are recommended:  For the ferry, call Beaver Island Boat Company:  (231) 547-2311.  For reservations by air, call: Island Airways:  1-800-524-6895.  Parking is available for either.


Once the website for the event is live, I will send you the link; sign up for the event and trips you want immediately.  All field trips fill up quickly.


Field trip leaders are very knowledgeable and include: Ornithologist Elliot Nelson and expert northern Michigan birder Darrell Lawson.

 

There is a $35.00 fee per person for all activities and events – except for Friday evening dinner and the boat trip to Garden Island.  The events include (but are not limited to):

  • Friday 5 – 6PM: Eagle expert Bill Parsons presentation

  • Friday 6 – 6:30:  eBird presentation (learn how to record your sightings as part of citizen science efforts to keep track of birds

  • Friday evening – join other birders and field trip leaders for dinner at the Shamrock restaurant  (Meal not included in fees.)

  • Saturday:  weather permitting, a boat trip to uninhabited Garden Island (Not included in the $35 attendance fee; $50 charge)

  • Saturday morning:  field trips by vans to numerous island hot spots

  • Saturday evening birding at Oliver Point and the airport for owls and nighthawks

  • Sunday evening birding at “Snipeville” to search for snipes and bitterns

  • Sun., 1 – 2PM, Inspiring film Green Fire about Aldo Leopold

  • Saturday evening:  Program about the endandered Piping Plover

  • Sunday morning:  Island botany with island wildflower expert Ed Leuck

  • A Warblers on the Water tee shirt is included.

More information can be found at Beaver Island Birding Trail.

 

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