Trumpeter Swans by Keith Watson

Kirtland’s Warblers &

The Upper Peninsula

June 8-17, 2021

Black-billed Cuckoo Photo by Keith Watson

Your place on this Venture is reserved when your completed registration form and deposit of $300/person has been received. Deposit may be made via 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 (payable to ‘VENTURES BIRDING’) sent to PO Box 1095, Skyland, NC 28776. This Venture is limited to 8 participants.

Cost of Michigan Venture $2,695 based on double occupancy; single supplement - $650 Prices based on high-season accommodation rates Price Includes: All accommodations, transportation (except airfare to and from Traverse City, MI), meals, information packet and bird checklist, and guide/leader service throughout, entrance fees. Not Included: Airfare to Traverse City, MI, alcoholic beverages, laundry, gratuities, and other items of a personal nature.

Join Keith Watson on this birding expedition to see Kirtland’s Warbler in central Michigan before venturing on to the fabulous and wild Upper Peninsula (UP) to experience its rich boreal forests and abundant bird life. After arriving in Traverse City airport, we’ll drive to Grayling and the jack-pine forests near Mio to visit Kirtland’s Warbler breeding grounds. We then travel into the eastern Upper Peninsula and base in Paradise for two nights, exploring the forests in and around Whitefish Point on Lake Superior. We’ll travel the back roads in search of Spruce Grouse, Mourning Warbler, Canada Jay, and other northern species. From there we head west to the Marquette area, spending several days exploring Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Kate’s Grade, Peshekee Grade and the Baraga Plains, all excellent hotspots for northern specialties including Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker and Spruce Grouse. It is at Baraga where we have our best chance for Connecticut Warbler, whose breeding range in Michigan’s UP has become increasingly restricted in recent years. To finish, we’ll drive back east and explore some of the eastern UP for grassland species such as L harp-tailed Grouse, Bobolink and more before heading back to Traverse City.

Some of the Birds We Hope to See

Lower Peninsula: Kirtland’s and Nashville Warblers, Upland Sandpiper, Brewer’s Blackbird, Lincoln’s and Vesper Sparrows
Upper Peninsula: Connecticut, Mourning, Blackburnian, Cape May and Bay-breasted Warblers, Spruce and Ruffed Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees, Olive- side and Alder Flycatchers Black-billed Cuckoo, and Lincoln’s, Clay-colored, and Le Conte’s Sparrows, Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, and a variety of shorebirds at waterfowl at Whitefish Point.