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Lake Erie Birding Tour

May 14-17, 2020
$875 single occupancy, $675 double occupancy

Join IndiGo Birding for a trip to northwest Ohio to witness one of eastern North America’s greatest spectacles: spring migration! The boardwalk at Magee Marsh gets a lot of publicity (as it deserves), but birding locations all along the coastline serve as ecological traps for birds fueling up and waiting for perfect conditions for crossing Lake Erie. We’ll aim to find over 100 species by visiting a variety of habitats over the course of the trip.

This tour provides everyone with 3 nights lodging at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Port Clinton (OH), birding trips to hotspots along the Lake Erie coastline, all transportation, and personalized guide service in a small group setting. While The Biggest Week in American Birding festival is going on during this time, we will not be participating in it as I prefer small group birding. Breakfast is included in the hotel stay; food costs at restaurants (lunch and dinner each day) is not included in the cost of the tour.

The Tour

Thursday, May 14
– Depart Bloomington at 7:30 a.m. I am more than happy to pick up tour participants along the travel route through Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.
– Likely stop near the Fort Wayne airport for grassland birds.
– Lunch at the Jewell Cafe, Jewell, OH.
– Birding at the famed Magee Marsh boardwalk.
– Check in to the Sleep Inn & Suites in Port Clinton.

Friday, May 15 & Saturday, May 16
– After breakfast in the hotel, we will spend both days birding local hotspots. Our destinations will likely include the following, but the order that we visit them will be based on weather, bird reports, and the festival schedule:
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area, Maumee Bay State Park, Meadowbrook Marsh, and more. For maps and more details about these birding spots, visit the Black Swamp Bird Observatory website.

Sunday, May 17
– Pack up and leave Port Clinton, visiting any spots we’ve missed (or want to revisit) in the morning before driving back to Indiana. Arrive in Bloomington around 6:00 p.m.

For transportation, effort will be made to include pick-up at your home if you live along the route from Bloomington, through Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. If you don’t live along the route, then personal arrangements will be made for a meeting point. To register, please email me at david@indigobirding.com with basic information and any questions you may have. A $200 deposit is needed at the time of registration. After April 10th the $200 deposit is non-refundable. The balance is due via personal check by May 10th. We will travel in most weather conditions, but if I do cancel the trip all money will be refunded. Hope you can join!

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)
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
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.