May 24th - 28th
$150.00 non-refundable deposit required.
Located in the northeastern corner of Michigan's upper Lower Peninsula, Presque Isle County
is a nature enthusiast's paradise. Spruce and tamarack bogs, kettle lakes, jack pine forests,
rich deciduous woodlands, fens, and pristine Lake Huron beaches create a staggering array of
habitats that support an astonishing variety of flora and fauna.
Birders will not be disappointed: over 160 species are possible. Common loons yodel from the
lakes, nearly every wetland has American bitterns and displaying Wilson's snipe, and the forests
are filled with songbirds. At least 19 warbler species nest locally, including golden-winged, the
Brewster's hybrid, magnolia, black-throated blue, Blackburnian, mourning, and Canada.
The federally endangered Kirtland's warbler breeds within 25 minutes of NettieBay Lodge, in an
outstanding jack pine forest seldom if ever visited by birders. Seeing the warblers is easy, along
with other jack pine species such as clay-colored, vesper, and Lincoln's sparrows, Nashville
warbler, and hermit thrush.
Instructor: Jim McCormac
WHAT TO BRING: Classes are outdoors and hands on. Tennis shoes or hiking boots are appropriate. Long pants encouraged against brambles and bugs. Bring a heavy coat for the early morning field trips and you may also want rain gear, insect repellent, shoes you can get wet, sunscreen and a water bottle. If you have need of purchasing binoculars, you might want to borrow a pair until after your classes, we will have some suggestions in your selection process. Bedding, towels and meals are included starting with the Early Bird Breakfast. Birders will be staying in lakeside cottages.
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