Spring Migration
on the Gulf Coast

Black-throated Blue Warbler by Alan Lenk

Dauphin Island, Alabama
April 18 – 23, 2021

Brown Pelican by Simon Thompson

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 12 participants.

Cost of Dauphin Island Venture $1,795 from Dauphin Island, AL, based on double occupancy (Single supplement $295) Price includes: 5 nights accommodation, all meals, gratuities, information packet & bird list, and guide/leader service throughout Not included: Transportation to Dauphin Island, AL, Alcoholic beverages, laundry, and any other items of a personal nature


Our 5-day trip will explore the snowy boreal forests, tamarack bogs, and Superior shoreline of the far north from our base in Duluth. The famous Sax-Zim Bog is home to many of our target species and we will likely spend the better part of two days driving many of the backroads of this fantastic area. Make no mistake about it – the temperatures will be frigid (sub-zero temperatures are likely at some point during the tour) and wintry conditions (which vary year to year) can make things difficult, but by dressing and preparing properly you will find the northern winter manageable, if not enjoyable. Due to the variable nature of the weather and sporadic abundance of some of our targets, our itinerary will remain flexible to give us the best chance of finding them as well as any rarities that might be around.

Some of the Birds We Hope to See

As well as pelicans, cormorants, gulls, terns, waders, shorebirds and other birds expected on a barrier island, we should find several raptors and many migrant passerines, including 20+ warbler species, 4-5 vireo species, orioles, cuckoos, thrushes (Gray-cheeked, Swainson’s, Hermit, Wood, & Veery), Tanagers (Scarlet & Summer), Buntings (Indigo & Painted), Grosbeaks (Blue & Rose-breasted), & various flycatchers.