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Magee Marsh y la Kirtland’s Warbler con Gabriel Lugo – EN ESPAÑOL

Blackburnian Warbler Blackburnian WarblerSé testigo del asombroso regreso de las aves migratorias neotropicales durante el pico de la migración de primavera en el lugar que se ha proclamado como “THE WARBLER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD” MAGEE MARSH, en la orilla sur del Lago Erie en el noroeste de Ohio.

El paseo tablado en Magee Marsh se abre paso a través de una arboleda de 7 acres que está posicionada estratégicamente entre el lago Erie y los pantanos del Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Ottawa. Como un gran número de “warblers”, vireos, orioles, gorriones, zorzales y golondrinas hacen su viaje hacia el norte, este punto de paso de aves migratorias proporciona una excelente oportunidad para verlas bien cerca. Magee y los bosques costeros adyacentes son hábitat crítico, un lugar de descanso y recarga de energía para muchas de estas aves antes de cruzar el lago Erie a sus lugares de cría.

Terminaremos el tour en el centro de Michigan con una visita entre los Jack Pines, lugar de cría de la Kirtland’s Warbler, especie en peligro de extinción.

Focus: Aves, Fotografía

  • Tour Cost
  • Number of Days (Length of Tour)
    8 days / 7 nights


    $1750.00 per person, based upon double occupancy and 6 participants, from Detroit, MI.
    A portion of your fee will go toward support of SOPI


    Single Supplement
    If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to get a roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $300.00 will be assessed.


    What is Included / Not Included in the Cost
    Included in the cost are all accommodations, transportation, membership to Black Swamp Bird Observatory, entrance fees and permits, from Detroit, Michigan.

    Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own meals and making their flight arrangements.


    $500.00, check, paypal or credit card, along with your completed Wildside Nature Tours Registration Form.


    How to Book
    In order to hold your space, you must complete the Wildside Nature Tours Registration Form found on-line, and submit it to us on-line, or download a copy and mail it to us, along with a $500.00 deposit per participant.


    Final Payment
    The balance due or full payment, by check, is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

  • Itinerary
  • Brief Itinerary:

    Day 1 : Afternoon arrival in Detroit (DTW), Michigan; transfer to Port Clinton
    Day 2 : Magee Marsh WA for warblers and migrants
    Day 3 : Ottawa NWR and Metzger WA for migrants, waterfowl and shorebirds
    Day 4 : Oak Openings for grassland birds and Cerulean Warbler
    Day 5 : Magee Marsh WA for warblers and migrants
    Day 6 : Transfer to Grayling, Michigan
    Day 7 : Kirtland’s Warbler and other local birding, then drive to Detroit for evening arrival
    Day 8 : Departure home from Detroit Airport DTW)



    Day 1-5 - We will visit a number of hotspots during the course of our trip, several of which will be well worth more than one visit. The most famous of these is undoubtedly the 1-mile boardwalk at Magee Marsh WA which traverses though eastern deciduous woods. Here, along with similar woods at Ottawa NWR, Maumee Bay SP and Metzger Marsh WA it is possible to find up to 25 species of warblers, 5 vireos, 5 thrushes, various flycatchers, and orioles in a day. Imagine Spectacled Blue-headed Vireos, brilliantly colorful Cape May, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Bay-breasted and Blackburian Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Scarlet Tanagers all at close range!


    If we are lucky the adjacent cattails marshes may yield the secretive King Rail along with singing Lincoln’s Sparrows. In recent years the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler has made a rare appearance in this hotspot, and we hope to be just as lucky. On one evening there will be an optional dusk outing to watch American Woodcock display near to the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.


    Rural Ohio is dotted with antiquated barns and white silos bordering endless fields. We will search the ephemeral pools within plowed fields for Savannah Sparrow, Horned Larks, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Black-bellied Plover.


    Ottawa NWR consists of 4,755 acres of extensive woods, shrub lands, coastal wetlands, grasslands and open fields that has been designated as a critical migratory bird resting area. In the more open areas American Kestrels, Eastern Bluebirds, Blue Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole, Purple Martins can be seen flying over grasslands as Pheasants wonder through the corn stubble. There is a extensive system of foot-trail loops on the dikes surrounding several marsh impoundments. We will scour the mudflats for Dunlin, Pectoral Sandpiper, both yellowlegs, and lingering waterfowl. We should encounter nesting Trumpeter Swans and possibly a Black Tern in full breeding plumage quartering over the marsh.


    West of Toledo lies Oak Openings Preserve, a unique swathe of oak woodlands and savannas, remnant prairies and sand barren habitat, that holds an impressive diversity of birds. Our targets will be the breeding birds, including Lark Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolink, Cerulean Warbler, Summer Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Red-headed Woodpecker.


    Day 6-7 - We head north of Detroit into central Michigan to join an early morning forest service tour of the Jack Pine WA where Kirtland’s Warbler breed. Along with hopefully good views of this endangered species, we will look for Clay-colored Sparrow and Upland Sandpiper before having to return to Detroit.

    Day 8 - Departure home from Detroit

  • Accommodations
  • Accommodations
    Our 7 nights--5 nights in Port Clinton and 1 night at Grayling and 1 night in Detroit--are in standard, en-suite and comfortable accommodations, chosen for their proximity to our birding destinations. Wherever possible, we support establishments that implement eco-friendly policies.

  • Additional Info
  • The Warbler GuideThere are a number of excellent field guides that cover the birds seen on this trip. The Sibley Guide to Birds; National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America; Kaufman Field Guide to the Birds of North America; The Crossley ID Guide to mention a few.


    Since warblers are a major focus of the trip, The Warbler Guide by Stephenson and Whittle is an extraordinary detailed book containing everything you need to know about our wood-warblers!






    This trip is for non-smokers only. Smoking is not permitted at any time during our tour.


    Point of Departure (Getting There and Back)
    The tour begins and ends at Detroit Airport, Michigan. You will be responsible for making your own flight arrangements to and from Detroit. You will need to arrive on Day 1 by 4:00pm, and depart on Day 7 any time after 6pm. The tour will officially commence from Detroit Airport by 4:30pm on Day 1 and end at Detroit Airport around 4pm on Day 7.


    Travel Insurance
    As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment.


    We will using a 12 or 15-passenger van, driven by the leader (s). If the group size is smaller, a mini-van may be used.


    Physical Requirements
    Walking will be relatively easy over mostly flat terrain along paths in the woods, sandy beaches and boardwalks (1 mile at Magee Marsh). Note, that the boardwalk tends to be slippery should we have wet conditions. We may walk several miles over the course of a day. You must be physically fit and able to keep up with the group without being a burden to the participants or leader (s).


    Temperatures and weather conditions can widely during the trip. Expect the mornings to be chilly. Overnight lows in the 40’s (F) and daytime highs in the 50-60’s (F) are average; though warmer days are not unheard of! The possibility of rain is to be expected, and everyone should come prepared with waterproof clothing and shoes.


    Final Information
    Final Information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure.