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Itinerary for May 4 — May 10, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: With a central location that accommodates any itinerary, visitors are in close proximity to all of Norfolk County's beautiful areas and events. The nearby Long Point World Biosphere Reserve features unique sand pit formations. An internationally recognized designation administered by the United Nations, Long Point Provincial Park lies within it.

Contact info:
85 The Queensway East
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4M5 Canada
phone: 519-426-2611
web: www.comfortinn.com/hotel-simcoe-canada-CN295/Hotel-Services?sid=xoJi5M.WKxQrgv.8&sarea=&sname=&slon=-80.295906&slat=42.848034&schain=&scountry=&sstate=&type=&sradius=&sstate_country=&scity=

Room amenities: All guest rooms have air conditioning and cable television. In addition, some rooms have irons and ironing boards. Computer hook-ups in all rooms and free wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms. Free weekday newspaper, free local calls, wake-up service.

Facility amenities: Currency Exchange Free Coffee Interior Corridors Picnic Area Rental Refrigerator * Valet Cleaning Service *

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 04 - Arrivals to Windsor/Welcome Dinner
Afternoon: ARRIVALS: From Windsor we work our way north along the shores of Lake Erie to the Long Point Area, with our birding expert. On your way to Long Point area our birding expert will discuss some etiquette of the trails, orientation of the program and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Simcoe.

Evening: Following dinner, we will return to the hotel so you can prepare for your early morning birding adventure.

Lodging: Comfort Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: At the Chatham Travelodge you will learn the true meaning of warm hospitality. Your care is our affair. Our attention to the smallest details, as well as unobtrusive service, blend with a modern restful decor to make the Chatham Travelodge a great place to stay while in the area. We offer 103 spacious guest-rooms with remote controlled cable television, in-room coffee maker, in-room hairdryers, iron & ironing board, and free lobby newspapers.

Contact info:
55 Bloomfield Road
Chatham, ON N7M 5J5 Canada
phone: 519-436-1200
web: www.travelodge.com/hotels/ontario/chatham/travelodge-chatham/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Travelodge Chatham offers 103 guestrooms. Televisions come with cable channels, video-game consoles, and pay movies. Dial-up Internet access is provided along with phones and free local calls. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include hair dryers. Air conditioning, climate control, and clock radios are also included. Amenities available on request include wake-up calls. Cribs (infant beds) are also available. Rooms are accessible via exterior corridors.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, May 05 - Birding - Long Point Provincial Park/Bird Sanctua...
Breakfast: Breakfast to go for our early morning birding.

Morning: Your morning will start early with check out. BIRDING FIELD TRIP: Long Point Provincial Park. En-route to Long Point, we'll drive through the St. Williams Conservation Reserve. We'll check the pine plantations and open scrub habitats for both resident and migratory species. Hopefully, we'll see Blue-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow and Blue-headed Vireo. Later, we'll stop in at the Old Cut Field Station to observe bird-banding in process. The thick vegetation around this corner of the peninsula can be excellent for a variety of migratory species including several wood-warblers, various thrushes and Scarlet Tanager. This is also a good area for rare species like Worm-eating Warbler. If time permits, we'll visit Big Creek National Wildlife are, an extensive and productive wetland full of shy birds. With good conditions in the cattail marshes, we should see Common Gallinule, Sandhill Crane, Black Tern, Marsh Wren and Swamp Sparrow. With luck we might see Least Bittern, Virginia Rail or Sora. On the Long Point Inner Bay, we should see Osprey, Caspian Tern and Mute Swan. Guided visit of the Bird Sancturary

Lunch: Bag lunch.

Afternoon: BIRDING CONTINUES: Bird watching continues back on mainland, in particular the Backus Woods and Wilson's Tract. These mature woodlots attract Carolinian species and a variety of migrants. Here we hope to see Hooded Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow-throated Vireo and a number of migrant songbirds. Travel to Chatham late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Chatham.

Lodging: Travelodge Chatham

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: At the Chatham Travelodge you will learn the true meaning of warm hospitality. Your care is our affair. Our attention to the smallest details, as well as unobtrusive service, blend with a modern restful decor to make the Chatham Travelodge a great place to stay while in the area. We offer 103 spacious guest-rooms with remote controlled cable television, in-room coffee maker, in-room hairdryers, iron & ironing board, and free lobby newspapers.

Contact info:
55 Bloomfield Road
Chatham, ON N7M 5J5 Canada
phone: 519-436-1200
web: www.travelodge.com/hotels/ontario/chatham/travelodge-chatham/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Travelodge Chatham offers 103 guestrooms. Televisions come with cable channels, video-game consoles, and pay movies. Dial-up Internet access is provided along with phones and free local calls. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include hair dryers. Air conditioning, climate control, and clock radios are also included. Amenities available on request include wake-up calls. Cribs (infant beds) are also available. Rooms are accessible via exterior corridors.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, May 06 - Birding - Rondeau Provincial Park/Tulip Tree Trai...
Birding - Rondeau Provincial Park/Tulip Tree Trail/St. Clair Wildlife Area

Breakfast: Breakfast to go for our early morning birding.

Morning: BIRDING FIELD TRIP: Rondeau Provincial Park. Upon arrival to the park, we'll check out the visitors centre, then hike the Tulip Tree trail, with a chance to see the rare Prothonotary Warbler. Other species present include Red-headed Woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a variety of migrant warblers.

Lunch: Bag lunch.

Afternoon: BIRDING CONTINUES: After Lunch we'll visit The St. Clair Wildlife Area, an extensive wetland harboring many shy species. Here we hope to see Least Bittern, Swamp Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Forster's Tern and possibly Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Dinner: Dinner in a local restaurant.

Lodging: Travelodge Chatham

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Nestled in the most southern region of Canada, moments from the shores of Lake Erie, The Pelee Days Inn is a resort style hotel, with a Caribbean climate all year round provided by sun domes courtyard and indoor swimming salt water pools, in a warm and enticing atmosphere. The Pelee offers fine accommodations, exquisite dining, and a dinner theatre, plus banquet and meeting facilities.

Contact info:
566 Bevel Line Road
Leamington, ON N8H 3V4 Canada
phone: 519-326-8646
web: www.peleedaysinn.com/index.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have hair dryers, coffee makers and refrigerators.

Facility amenities: The amenities abound with two indoor heated salt water pools, two water slides, whirlpool, sauna, recreational games, pool tables, arcade gallery, garden atrium and outdoor volleyball court. Enjoy the resort style badminton on our court, mini putting green, golf courses, boating, fishing and nature walks on Lake Erie add to the Hotel's superb facilities. High speed secured wireless Internet throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, May 07 - Birding - Rondeau Provincial Park/South Point Tra...
Breakfast: Breakfast to go for our early morning birding.

Morning: Early morning check out. BIRDING FIELD TRIP: We'll start again at the visitors centre to check their bird feeding station for Indigo Bunting, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and perhaps Lincoln's Sparrow. We'll then check out the South Point Trail, a mixed open habitat usually teeming with warblers and other migrating birds. Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee and other shy birds nest here.

Lunch: Bag lunch.

Afternoon: BIRDING CONTINUES: Before heading to Point Pelee area, we'll continue birding around Rondeau, including areas around the picnic ground, the Spice Bush Trail and/or the Pony Barns.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Leamington.

Lodging: Pelee Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Nestled in the most southern region of Canada, moments from the shores of Lake Erie, The Pelee Days Inn is a resort style hotel, with a Caribbean climate all year round provided by sun domes courtyard and indoor swimming salt water pools, in a warm and enticing atmosphere. The Pelee offers fine accommodations, exquisite dining, and a dinner theatre, plus banquet and meeting facilities.

Contact info:
566 Bevel Line Road
Leamington, ON N8H 3V4 Canada
phone: 519-326-8646
web: www.peleedaysinn.com/index.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have hair dryers, coffee makers and refrigerators.

Facility amenities: The amenities abound with two indoor heated salt water pools, two water slides, whirlpool, sauna, recreational games, pool tables, arcade gallery, garden atrium and outdoor volleyball court. Enjoy the resort style badminton on our court, mini putting green, golf courses, boating, fishing and nature walks on Lake Erie add to the Hotel's superb facilities. High speed secured wireless Internet throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, May 08 - Birding - Point Pelee National Park
Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel to go.

Morning: BIRDING FIELD TRIP: Point Pelee National Park. We'll spend the full morning exploring the various birding trails around the tip of Point Pelee. Spring migration will be in full force, so we'll see a number of migrating warblers and other songbirds. If conditions are good, we'll get excellent looks at many different species like Blackburnian Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and with luck, perhaps a few rare species like Connecticut Warbler, Kentucky Warbler or Kirtland's Warbler. We'll pick a table where we can enjoy our meal in proximity to several birds including Warbling Vireo, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Kingbird and several migrating warblers.

Lunch: Bag lunch.

Afternoon: BIRDING CONTINTUES: Outside the park at Hillman's Marsh and/or the Onion Fields where we can expect waterfowl, and migrating shorebirds en-route to the High Arctic. We hope to see Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher or a vagrant from some far-off land.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Pelee Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Nestled in the most southern region of Canada, moments from the shores of Lake Erie, The Pelee Days Inn is a resort style hotel, with a Caribbean climate all year round provided by sun domes courtyard and indoor swimming salt water pools, in a warm and enticing atmosphere. The Pelee offers fine accommodations, exquisite dining, and a dinner theatre, plus banquet and meeting facilities.

Contact info:
566 Bevel Line Road
Leamington, ON N8H 3V4 Canada
phone: 519-326-8646
web: www.peleedaysinn.com/index.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have hair dryers, coffee makers and refrigerators.

Facility amenities: The amenities abound with two indoor heated salt water pools, two water slides, whirlpool, sauna, recreational games, pool tables, arcade gallery, garden atrium and outdoor volleyball court. Enjoy the resort style badminton on our court, mini putting green, golf courses, boating, fishing and nature walks on Lake Erie add to the Hotel's superb facilities. High speed secured wireless Internet throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, May 09 - Birding - Point Pelee National Park
Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel to go.

Morning: BIRDING FIELD TRIP: Point Pelee National Park. We'll start again at the tip of the park. Besides looking for migratory songbirds, we'll also check the tip for shorebirds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. At this time of year the woods will be alive with bird song. We'll take our time to get good views of as many spring migrants as possible. We should also see resident species such as Orchard Oriole, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and hopefully Eastern Screech Owl. Mixed in with the warblers, we might see uncommon birds like Whip-poor-will, Clay-coloured Sparrow, or something exceptionally rare like Blue Grosbeak or Henslow's Sparrow. Again we'll pick a table within proximity of migrating birds. We may see raptors flying overhead like Broad-winged Hawk, Bald Eagle or Northern Harrier. Sometimes we'll see Black-billed Cuckoo, Canada Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and with luck, Mississippi Kite.

Lunch: Bag lunch.

Afternoon: BIRDING CONTINUES Point Pelee National Park. We'll continue birding in the park checking out areas around the visitors centre and other trails within park boundaries. There's always a few birds of interest hiding somewhere in the park.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Program wrap and presentation.

Lodging: Pelee Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, May 10 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: The shuttle leaves the hotel at 8:30 a.m; approximate arrival in Windsor is 9:30 a.m. Independent departures from Windsor.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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