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Lake Erie: Birding the Islands and Shores

There’s no place like the Lake Erie Islands when it comes to bird migrations: beautiful trees, blue skies and myriad birds passing through. Bring your binoculars, this is a good one!
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Program No. 12641RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
Ohio

Lake Erie: Birding the Islands and Shores

There’s no place like the Lake Erie Islands when it comes to bird migrations: beautiful trees, blue skies and myriad birds passing through. Bring your binoculars, this is a good one!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
Program No. 12641 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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itinerary
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,379
Itinerary Note

Does not include Point Pelee National Park. Includes multiple opportunities to witness up-close bird banding and owl banding by Master Bird Bander, Tom Bartlett. Additional lecture by Dr Kristin Stanford, the ‘Island Snake Lady’ on the recovery of Lake Erie Watersnakes. Thursday travel via ferry to explore nearby Middle Bass Island and Lonz Winery.

May 8 - May 13, 2022
Starting at
1,299
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,629
Itinerary Note

Does not include Point Pelee National Park. Includes multiple opportunities to witness up-close bird banding and owl banding by Master Bird Bander, Tom Bartlett. Additional lecture by Dr Kristin Stanford, the ‘Island Snake Lady’ on the recovery of Lake Erie Watersnakes. Thursday travel via ferry to explore nearby Middle Bass Island and Lonz Winery.

May 8 - May 13, 2022
Starting at
1,599

At a Glance

Welcome to the beautiful Lake Erie Islands, where more than 450 bird species pass through during their annual migration. Witness this journey and gain authoritative knowledge of the many species you observe — including Black-throated Green Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers and Indigo Buntings. Take part in walks, lectures, bird-banding and more, all led by local bird experts.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
This program can accommodate most accessibility requirements. The hiking trails on the islands are all relatively short (less than 2 miles) and flat, with slow walking and standing for short increments. Most trails are free of obstacles, though some areas have uneven terrain. Our Group Leaders will make everyone aware of any potential walking hazards. The famous Magee Marsh Boardwalk may have crowds, but the boardwalk is handicap-accessible and equipped with railings and benches at regular intervals.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a special field trip via ferry to Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada, a prime vantage point to observe migrating birds, and go birding in Magee Marsh Wildlife Area.
  • Visit Ohio State University’s Stone Lab, the oldest freshwater biological field station in the U.S., to learn how 65 researchers from 12 agencies work year-round to solve the pressing issues facing the Great Lakes.
  • Visit Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, honoring those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 and celebrating the lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the U.S.

General Notes

U.S. passport is required to enter Canada. Participants are divided between three B&B’s for the duration of the program. Please see Lodging and Meals for details. Requests can be made for a specific B&Bs. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Featured Expert
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Andy Jones
Dr. Andy Jones is the curator of ornithology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He is the first person hired as the William A. and Nancy R. Klamm Chair of Ornithology, and his current research involves the evolutionary history of birds around the world as well as migration studies in the Great Lakes. Andy received his bachelor’s in biological sciences from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and his PhD in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of Minnesota.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Andy Jones View biography
Dr. Andy Jones is the curator of ornithology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He is the first person hired as the William A. and Nancy R. Klamm Chair of Ornithology, and his current research involves the evolutionary history of birds around the world as well as migration studies in the Great Lakes. Andy received his bachelor’s in biological sciences from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and his PhD in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of Minnesota.
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Nancy Welter is a retired program analyst from NASA at the Glenn Research Center. She currently works part-time for the State of Ohio at the Middle Bass Island State Park. She is a year-round resident of Middle Bass Island and lives near the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve. She is a board member of the Lake Erie Island Conservancy. She enjoys birding and volunteers with the bird banding effort on the Islands.
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Tom Bartlett View biography
Tom is a retired biology instructor with an MS in biology and education from the University of Toledo. He has banded over 90,000 birds of over 200 species since 1971. Tom has led bird banding and census efforts at Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve for more than 35 years and the Lake Erie Islands for more than 25 years. A Road Scholar instructor since 2003, he has traveled and birded extensively across North America, as well as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Great Britain.
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Lisa Kutschbach Brohl View biography
Lisa Brohl lives on South Bass Island in the western end of Lake Erie with her husband Russ. She holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources management and a master’s degree in environmental studies. She is chair of the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and a founding board member of the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center and the Put-in-Bay Township Park District. Lisa has been involved with Road Scholar as an instructor or Group Leader since 2000.
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Kristin M Stanford View biography
Kristin Stanford received her BS, MS and PhD from Northern Illinois University. She has been actively involved in Lake Erie watersnake (LEWS) conservation for almost 20 years and has served as the recovery coordinator since 2003. Currently working for The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory as the Education and Outreach Coordinator, she is responsible for overseeing the programming logistics for this nationally recognized education and outreach venue. She also continues to facilitate the research, management and outreach needed to maintain recovery for the LEWS.
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Valerie Nose Chornyak View biography
Valerie was born on Put-in-Bay, Ohio and spent most of her life in Columbus before returning to her home town. She taught jazzercise for almost 25 years and is now very active in her community in many ways including teaching and volunteering at the Senior Center, Nature and Wildlife Center and the Historical Society. When she has a spare moment, Val enjoys an active life of tennis, walking, golf and the OWLS book club. She has three children and seven grandchildren and loves sunsets.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie
by Gerard T. Altoff
A gripping and absorbing narrative, yet an easily understood and highly readable account of the Old Northwest's most significant military event. The focus of the book is the naval conflict itself. Reviewed in detail are the armament and tactical maneuverings of the two squadrons; however, the stories of the American and British crewmen constitute the heart of this book. The book also relates the important events leading up to the Battle of Lake Erie. Described are the strategic significance of Lake Erie, the campaigns of the War of 1812 in the Old Northwest preceding the Battle of Lake Erie, plus the story of both the building and manning of the American squadron. Containing numerous maps and illustrations, it is a concise and fascinating account of the turning point of the War of 1812 in the Old Northwest.
Birds of the Lake Erie Region
by Carolyn V. Platt, Gary Meszaros
Birds of the Lake Erie Region observes a year of weather changes and avian migrations - from the wintertime convergence of ducks and other waterbirds on the lake’s last ice-free areas to the excitement of the raptor and shorebird migrations in the fall. Expert or novice, birders and nature lovers will be moved by Platt’s celebration of these birds and their habitat and by Meszaros’s impressive photographs of the delicate beauty of these exquisite creatures.





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