Walking about 1 mile, approximately 4 hours in the morning; uneven terrain. Getting in/out of taxi vans and on/off an open-air train.
At the B&B, we’ll choose from the breakfast buffet of hot and cold cereals, English muffins, bagels, hard-boiled eggs, cream cheese, peanut butter, yogurt, bananas, apples, oranges, milk, coffee, tea, water, juices.
We’ll split into three groups (up to 10 participants each) for our first bird walk around the island, led by expert birders. In addition to public spots, we have permission to bird on private property. We will have a mid-morning break at the Town Hall.
At The Crew’s Nest, we’ll have a chef’s choice plated meal. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and water are included.
We’ll board an open-air train for an exploration of South Bass Island. We’ll then stop at Town Hall for a special talk by a National Park Ranger from the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. We’ll learn about the War of 1812 and how the Battle of Lake Erie proved to be a turning point for the Americans against the British and their allies. While the Memorial will not be open to visitors at the time of the program, the sight of it cannot be missed. Standing at 352 feet, the world’s largest Doric column commemorates the men who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, as well as the subsequent peace between the U.S., the UK, and Canada.
At The Crew’s Nest.
At the historic town hall, we’ll update our bird checklist with what we spotted this morning, then hear a lecture on bird migration by Dr. Andy Jones of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.