IAS Winter UP Tour 2020
January 31, 2020 - February 2, 2020$100 – $279
Indiana Audubon is pleased to offer another adventure for winter specialties of the northwoods February 2020. The trip is led by IAS executive director, Brad Bumgardner, who has toured the UP area for 6 tours, plus additional time outside of tours, and is familiar with the locations and birding areas around eastern Michigan UP area. The trip is offered for a maximum of 10 people. The trip is shorter and less species rich then the Sax-Zim Bog area of Minnesota, but more economical for some birders on a tight budget or less time available. Additionally, Snowy Owls are much more dependable here, with some years seeing in excess of 20 owls in one day.
The trip involves single day drives with limited birding to and from the Mackinac/St. Ignace area the first and last day. A list of some 20 expected specialty species are included below. Most should be seen without too much difficulty. (*rare)
|Golden Eagle||Northern Shrike|
|Bald Eagle||Gray Jay|
|Red-breasted Merganser||Common Raven|
|Common Goldeneye||Red-breasted Nuthatch|
|Ruffed Grouse||Pine Grosbeak|
|Spruce Grouse||Purple Finch|
|Sharp-tailed Grouse||Common Redpoll|
|Northern Goshawk||Bohemian Waxwing|
|Rough-legged Hawk||Snow Bunting|
|Snowy Owl||Red Crossbill|
|Northern Hawk Owl*||White-winged Crossbill|
|Great Gray Owl*||Pine Siskin|
Lodging all three nights will be in a Days Inn or similar in St. Ignace or Mackinaw City which offers complimentary breakfast for participants. A rough itinerary is below.
Day 1: Meet for those wishing to carpool together around 10am. 5-6 hour drive. Arrive before sunset. Check in and dinner in St. Ignace.
Day 2: Depart hotel before 8am. Bird by car to Rudyard for Snowy Owls. Also visit Pickford, Hulbert Bog, Whitefish Point. Lunch in Sault. Ste. Marie, MI. Dinner in St. Ignace.
Day 3: Optional morning birding for missing targets, return home by noon.
TOTAL COST per person: $239.00. Single Supplement: $100.00. Non-Member Cost: $279.00
Trip costs includes all guiding, lodging, and breakfast. All other food and drinks, and travel are the responsibility of the participant. Carpooling can be arranged, but not guaranteed. For questions about this trip, message Brad Bumgardner. Registration is required as this trip fills fast each year.