Lake Erie: Birding the Islands and Shores
There’s no place like the Lake Erie Islands in spring: trees in bloom, blue skies and myriad birds passing through on their annual migration. Bring your binoculars, this is a good one.
Program No. 12641RJ
6 days
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Getting There
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At a Glance

Welcome to the beautiful Lake Erie Islands, where more than 450 bird species pass through during the spring migration. Witness this return to warmer climes 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
Slow walking over uneven terrain; standing for short increments.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a special field trip via ferry to Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada, a prime vantage point for observing the spring migration, 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 will stay in one of three charming Put-in-Bay Bed & Breakfasts - all with a private bath. Participants will not be assigned rooms until six to four weeks prior to the start date. 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
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Tom Bartlett
Tom Bartlett is a Master Bird Bander for the U. S. Geologic Survey and a certified bird bander/trainer for the North American Banding Council. He has banded over 50,000 birds of 200-plus species. He has led bird banding and census efforts at Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve for nearly 30 years and the Lake Erie Islands for more than 20 years.
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