Birding Tours

Michigan Audubon sponsored tours help raise needed funds to support research conducted at the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and Michigan Audubon’s bird conservation efforts throughout the state. Tours are limited to 12 participants so registration fills up fast! Mark your calendars with registration opening dates so you don’t miss out on these fun and informative tours.

Currently, all of our tours are $100 for Michigan Audubon members and $125 for non-members. Please note that the trip fee does not include meals or lodging. No membership or renewal fees are included with event tickets. If you would like to join Michigan Audubon and register for this event as a member, please click here. Once you’ve purchased your membership, you may register for this event as a member.

Winter Birding in the Eastern UP

Tour Dates: January 18–19 or February 8–9, 2020

Are you anxious to see a Canada Jay? Hoping to check the Northern Hawk Owl off your list? Then join Michigan Audubon and our birding guide Darrell Lawson, former president of Petoskey Audubon, on a birding tour of the Eastern Upper Peninsula. This caravan adventure will start at Sault Ste. Marie and progress through Chippewa and Mackinac Counties.

This trip is rated EASY. Most travel is by car caravan and foot travel is generally on gravel or paved roadways. Roads may be snow-covered and/or slippery. Duration of foot travel is less than a mile at a time and participants need to be able to withstand cold temperatures for periods of 30 minutes.

Registration will open on November 8, 2019, at 10 a.m.

Click here to register for the January 18–19 tour.

Click here to register for the February 8–9 tour.

Barry County Birding Tour

Tour Dates: May 9–10, 2020

Are you looking to check Henslow’s Sparrow or Cerulean Warbler off your list? Interested in seeing migratory warblers? Then join Michigan Audubon and Josh Haas, our birding guide and experienced avian photographer, on a tour of Barry County’s birding hotspots.

This trip is rated MODERATE. Travel to sites is done by carpool caravan, but there will be a significant amount of walking at some sites. Terrain ranges from flat to hilly and mud may be a factor. Participants should be able to withstand a variety of weather possibilities including rain, wind, and sun.

Registration will open on February 28, 2020.

Beginning Birding in Tawas

Tour Dates: May 16–17, 2020

Are you interested in learning the basics of birding and bird identification in an action-packed weekend at a premier birding spot? Then join Michigan Audubon’s Conservation Program Coordinator Linnea Rowse on a beginning birder tour in Iosco County. This adventure will travel by caravan around the Tawas area to see the vibrant array of warblers during peak spring migration. Enjoy the many wonders the area has to offer while learning birding skills.

This trip is rated MODERATE. Travel is by car caravan with foot travel at a variety of sites. Some sites are paved, others are grass or gravel paths. Terrain ranges from flat to hilly and mud may be a factor. Participants should be able to withstand a variety of weather possibilities including rain, wind, and sun.

Registration will open on February 28, 2020.

Advanced Birding at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

Tour Dates: September 26–27, 2020

Interested in upping your birding game during fall migration at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory? Join Michigan Audubon and a skilled birding guide for this advanced birding tour in the greater Paradise area.

This trip is rated EASY. Most travel is by car caravan with foot travel on gravel or paved paths and roadways. The duration of foot travel could be up to a mile at a time. Participants should be able to withstand a variety of weather conditions including rain, snow, and wind.

Registration will open on July 17, 2020.

Refund policy: If you must cancel your participation in a Michigan Audubon event, fees are refundable (minus a $25 processing fee) up until one month prior to the tour. If the cancellation occurs less than a month before, but more than two weeks before the tour, a 50% refund will apply. Cancellations occurring less than two weeks prior to the tour will forfeit the entire fee. Membership fees are not refundable. All refund requests must be made in writing and sent via email, or mail to:

events@michiganaudubon.org
Events
Michigan Audubon
2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200
Okemos, MI 48864

For questions about Travel and Tour Cancellation Policies, email events@michiganaudubon.org.