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Program #12641RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Anne from Kalamazoo, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
A very well-organized and thought-out program, run by caring and knowledgeable people in an interesting and unique place. Many people in the group seemed to be beginning birders, so don't hesitate to sign-up if that describes you, but do know that you will be out birding every morning and attending bird lectures every evening, so if you really are not that interested in birds, it is probably not the best choice. The weather was not ideal on my program, and the birds harder to find than normal, but I can't fault the program leaders for that.

Mary from Columbia, PA Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
This is an excellent program for someone who is involved in birding and who want to visit Pt. Pelee and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (Magee Marsh). If someone is a beginning birder the teachers are extremely helpful in getting people on the birds. There was a mix of both experienced and new birders in my program.

Nancy L. from Plattsburgh, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
Birding the Lake Erie Islands was a wonderful opportunity to visit a new area. Leaders were excellent as were at B & Bs. I had close up views of the birds, including 2 life birds. South Bass Island was delightful and McGee Marsh was outstanding. There were many people on the boardwalk, but all were polite and shared their scope views. Nancy Olsen, Plattsburgh, NY

Anne from Centreville, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
Anne from Centreville, VA Number of Programs attended: 3 Date: 05/05/05/10/13 The program was well-planned and delivered on all its promises. The guides are leaders in their fields especially Tom Bartlett and Dr. Andy Jones. Our B and B was comfortable and within walking distance of the Crew's Nest (for meals) and for evening lectures (The Town Hall). If you enjoy birding, natural history and US/Canadian history, this program is for you.

David from Eleva, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
This was our third program (Costa Rica, San Juan Islands, Lake Erie). All have been well organized, with excellent leaders, food, and programs. This was the first one to use the ear phone receiver so everyone could hear what the leader was saying. It was very helpful for me since for photography opportunities, I often like to get a little distance away from a large group. I see more birds close to the group, but I often get closer to the birds when I'm farther from the group. I was able to hear the transmissions up to about 200 feet most of the time.

Randolph from Henderson, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
Everything about this program was first-rate: The food, the lodging, the weather, and of course, the people involved in all the aspects of the planning, leading, and teaching. This was our first Road Scholar program, and we were very impressed!!

Ken from Sycamore, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
Friendly, knowledgeable, flexible leaders helped make this a memorable experience. Evening lectures were very informative.

Jeanne from New Franken, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
This trip was very well-organized. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable yet down-to-earth and willing to answer all our questions. Even though migration slowed somewhat while we were there we still did a lot of good birding. The bird banding sessions were a highlight for me. Also this trip had the best food we've experienced on a Road Scholar trip. From the team leaders to the restaurant servers, all of the people were friendly and welcoming.

Carolyn from Santa Cruz, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
My first Road Scholar trip and now I can understand why people keep coming back time after time. Our leaders were caring, very knowledgable, and lots of fun!

Alice from York, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
Great trip! Great food! Great staff!

Connie from Fargo, ND Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
Well organized program, leaders experienced in identifying birds, field trip leaders used microphones and each participant had a receiving device and earpiece with a volume adjustment so you didn't have to be right beside the leader to know what birds were being seen and where the bird was located. Magee Marsh was the most productive birding area. When the schedule was reviewed for the next day we were always told we had the option to skip any activity we weren't interested in, that it was our vacation and we could do something else if we wanted. We enjoyed all the activities, even those that weren't birding related. Our bed and breakfast accommodation was excellent. The lunch and evening meals at The Crew's Nest were delicious. This was our first Road Scholar program, Lew and I highly recommend it and are looking forward to our next trip.

Esther from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
A wonderful adventure. Bruce and I loved the ferry excursions, the lovely bed and breakfast accommodations, the experience of being on an island for five days, the collegial group of bird watchers and most of all the bird watching. Our guides were expert at spotting and identifying the birds, with special emphasis on the warblers. Another remarkable Road Scholar program that we highly recommend.

Jo Dee from Ames, IA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
Guides were very helpful in viewing birds...I saw 53 Life Birds which was great. Box lunches were soggy sandwiches, fruit and chips...most of the rest of the meals were good. Winery, cave and museum was not very interesting would have enjoyed more time viewing birds at Magee Marsh or other Wildlife Refuge.

Patricia from Hardwick, VT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
Much more than bird watching! Learn how to identify warblers, learn about banding and migration patterns. I now feel more confident going out into the local woods in my area to find warblers. I highly recommend this adventure!

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