2017 – Oscoda Kirtland’s Warbler Tour Information
2018 Note: Tours are not yet posted for Spring 2018, but are planned.
In partnership with Huron Pines, Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, U.S.
Forest Service, and Michigan Audubon, the AuSable Valley Audubon (AVA) Chapter conducts our second year of Kirtland’s Warbler tours in our most eastern section of the Huron National Forest called the Pine River Management Area (PRMA). A description of our inaugural tours in 2016 with several pictures and quotes from very satisfied birders may be seen in our AVA web site in a report by one of our guides. You may link to the report here: KIWA Tours Report 2016
Guided Kirtland’s warbler tours are the best opportunity to view this endangered songbird, as nearly all Kirtland’s warbler nesting areas are closed and posted against public entry during the nesting season. Kirtland’s warblers are rarely seen in Michigan outside of their nesting habitat.
Tour dates- May 21 and 22 (Sunday, Monday) immediately following the end of the Tawas Point Birding Festival, then followed by five consecutive Saturdays – June 3 through July 1, 2017. Rain or poor weather makeup dates will be the following day (Sundays). You may call Camp Inn Lodge. We will also send out Facebook notifications if you “like” our Facebook you will receive at registration. Just indicate “going” in KW Event.
The tour Time is 8:00 a.m so please arrive a few minutes early.
Place – Tours begin promptly at 8 a.m. at the Camp Inn Lodge, 3111 U.S. 23 in Oscoda, MI. The Lodge is located about 2 miles south of Oscoda and the AuSable River. For directions see www.campinnlodge.com or Facebook: Camp Inn Lodge Oscoda
A short introduction and video about the Kirtland’s will be shown. Then, participants will follow the guide and carpool in their own vehicles to the U.S. Forest Service KW PMArea also in Oscoda.
Reservations – Reservations are strongly encouraged 24 hrs. in advance and may be best made by calling the Lodge at 989-739-2021, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit their website at www.CampInnLodge.com and click on “events”.
Tours are FREE, but limited to 20 people per tour. If tours are not filled, walk-ins are allowed.