Overnight Tours

Upcoming Multi-Day Tours

Indiana Dunes Festival Tour

May 16-19, 2019

$605 single occupancy, $520 double occupancy

Join IndiGo Birding for a trip to the Lake Michigan dunes to participate in Indiana’s best birding festival! Departing Thursday evening and returning Sunday evening, this trip includes three nights lodging at the Quality Inn in Chesterton, transportation throughout the festival, and personal guide service. We will visit some of the best places in Indiana for migrating birds and should be able to see over 100 species over the course of the weekend!

The Tour Highlights

Thursday, May 16:
– Depart Bloomington at 6:00 p.m. Drive to Quality Inn in Chesterton.

Friday, May 17
– Dunes State Park Birding (7:00-11:00 a.m.) with Michael Topp
– In Search of the Cuban Ivory-billed Woodpecker (11:30-12:30) by Tim Gallagher
– Reynolds Creek birding late afternoon (just our group)
– Birds and Brews (6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 18
– Cowles Bog Birding (7:00-11:00 a.m.) with Aidan Rominger
– Indiana’s Breeding Warblers (2:30-3:30 p.m.) by David Rupp
– Keynote Dinner & Presentation by Laura Erickson

Sunday, May 19
– Michiana Marsh Meander (7:00-10:00 a.m.) with Cookie Ferguson
– Return to Bloomington by 6:00 p.m.

Other opportunities will emerge for our group to do short birding outings on our own. The full festival schedule can be previewed at https://indunesbirdingfestival.com/. Festival registration, activity fees, and all meals except two lunches are included.

For transportation, effort will be made to include pick-up at your home if you live along the route from Bloomington, through Indianapolis, to the lake. If you don’t live along the route, then personal arrangements will be made for a meeting point. After March 31 the $100 deposit is non-refundable. The balance is due via personal check by May 1. Hope you can join!

Lake Erie Warblers

May 8-11, 2019

$675 single occupancy, $550 double occupancy

Join IndiGo Birding for the 3rd annual trip to northwest Ohio along the shores of Lake Erie to experience one of North America’s greatest migration phenomenons! Each spring, thousands of birds “pile up” in habitat refuges on the south side of the Lake Erie, feeding and waiting for proper conditions to make the flight across the lake. Places like Magee Marsh, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Sheldon Marsh, Maumee Bay State Park, and others draw high densities of migratory birds as well as many birders. The goal of this trip is to enjoy birding in a variety of habitats while fully appreciating close-up looks at as many species as possible.

The trip will depart Bloomington at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8. We can pick up people along the route to northwest Ohio as we travel through Indianapolis and Fort Wayne (we’ll stop at the Fort Wayne airport for grassland birds either on the way up or back). Three nights of lodging at the Sleep Inn in Port Clinton, Ohio, is included in the tour fee. We will eat breakfast in the hotel each morning, then visit a different birding hotspot(s) each day. Costs of lunch and dinner are not included in the tour price.

Please join me for a fantastic and memorable week of birding!

Check back later for future trips to Goose Pond like this one:

Goose Pond Weekend

February 16-18, 2019

Join IndiGo Birding guide David Rupp for a weekend full of birding at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in western Greene County, Indiana. Goose Pond is one of the premier birding destinations in the Midwest, and this weekend event is scheduled to coincide with the arrival of large numbers of Sandhill Cranes. David will be leading excursions from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday and Monday mornings, each to a different location. Participants are encouraged to book lodging at the Pleasant Grove Inn, which will also serve as our meeting spot. Either sign up for the whole weekend, which is only $100 and includes transportation from Bloomington if desired, or register for specific “Meet There” tour(s) for $30/adult or $20/child. See the schedule below for details about each “Meet There” Tour. All tours will be limited to 10 people. The timing should be perfect for large numbers of cranes, raptors, and maybe even some owls as well!

Saturday, February 16,
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Focus on Cranes: We’ll visit the best spots to see both Sandhill and Whooping Cranes (and maybe a Short-eared Owl)
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Sunday, February 17
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Songbirds & Eagles: A chance to see nesting Bald Eagles and wintering songbirds
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Raptors & Waterfowl: A search for big birds at the mines and lakes to the west of Goose Pond
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Monday, February 18
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Goose Pond Finale: We’ll count everything we see as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count

If you have an idea for another tour in mind, please contact me.  I am always looking for new offerings that appeal to my guests.