Winter Snowy Owl UP Trip 2019
February 1, 2019 - February 3, 2019$92 – $229
Join fellow IAS members for a winter excursion into the eastern upper peninsula of Michigan for an adventure in search of wintering owl species of the north woods. Target birds include Snowy Owl, Great-gray Owl, and Northern Hawk Owl (latter two rare). Additionally, the area is good for winter finches, including Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Grosbeak, crossbills, and redpolls. Other notables include Northern Shrike, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Bald Eagles, Common Raven, Canada Jay, and Pine Siskins, Bohemian Waxwings, and Rough-legged Hawk.
The trip is a car pool tour led by IAS Executive Director, Brad Bumgardner, with attendees carpooling if they wish on Friday, February 1. Overnight will be in Mackinac City, Michigan with a full day of birding Saturday, and some morning birding Sunday before returning back south. Sites visited will include the famous Snowy Owl fields of Rudyard and Pickford, MI, Ste Sault Marie, Hulbert Bog and Whitefish Point.
$189.00 per IAS Member (assumes double occupancy)
Non-member rate- $229.00
Single Supplement $92.00
Participants are responsible for all food/drink costs, as well as transportation to and from the UP. Overnight lodging for two nights is included in the cost. The leader can help with arranging car pool vehicles. Car pool drivers should prepare for snowy driving conditions. SUV or four wheel drive vehicles are recommended but not necessary. The trip difficulty is easy and most travel is by car caravan. Foot travel on gravel or paved roadways; the biggest challenge would be that the roads may be snow covered or slippery. Duration of foot travel of less than a mile at a time. Participants need to be able to withstand cold temperatures for periods of 30-45 minutes.
Refund requests must be sent in writing. Refunds postmarked on or before December 15, 2016 will be fully refunded less a $5.00 administrative fee. Refunds postmarked after December 15, but by or on January 15 will be refunded 50% less an additional $5.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after January 15, 2017. Refund requests can be emailed email@example.com
Photos by Jeff Timmons