Beaver Island Trip

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Beaver Island Trip

Postby lawso1dw » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:52 pm

Some of you may be interested in this:

When: September 20th - 21st
Where: Charlevoix-Beaver Island
What: Birding To, From, and On Beaver Island

Join Brian Allen and Darrell Lawson on a birding adventure! Beaver Island is an underbirded area with great potential for fall migrants and perhaps even a western rarity or two. September is also a great time for pelagic birds on the Great Lakes. This adventure combines the two! It provides two opportunities to view pelagic birds and ample opportunities to look for fall migrants on the island. An itinerary of events is as follows:

Saturday Morning: The Emerald Isle leaves from Charlevoix at 11:40 AM. The trip to Beaver Island will take approximately two and a half hours, which provides a great opportunity for viewing pelagic birds (no stopping or chumming).

Saturday Afternoon/Evening: Participants are free to do as they choose. Some options include:
Taking the Beaver Island Tour (package deal can be purchased with the ferry tickets) to learn about the Island's history and culture,
Take a Aerial Tour of the outer islands in the Beaver Island Archipelago (pricing information to be determined).
Bird on your own at the many hot spots along the Beaver Island Birding Trail (maps available at the community center).
Explore the Island's rich culture, history, botany, etc, on your own.
Simply relax and enjoy the town!
Early Sunday Morning: Pile in vans to be escorted to a couple of suspected migrant hot spots for guided field trips with Brian and Darrell.

Late Sunday Morning: Take the ferry back to Charlevoix at 11:30AM and enjoy a second opportunity for pelagic birding.

Note: There is no charge for this other than your own cost for travel, the ferry, lodging, food, and any activities you choose to participate in on your own time.

Information about the ferry and the Beaver Island Tours can be found at http://www.bibco.com/. Note, if you wish to bring a bike or vehicle there is an extra charge, and preregistration is required for vehicles.

Information about lodging and activities on the Island can be found at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/accommodations.html.

Information regarding the Beaver Island Birding Trail can be found at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/index.html.

Registration and aerial tour pricing information will be coming soon.

If you have questions, please direct them to beaverislandpelagics_at_gmail.com
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Re: Beaver Island Trip

Postby SandyLee » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:06 pm

Thanks! Sounds like a great birding adventure!
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Re: Beaver Island Trip

Postby siouxzq_24 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:01 pm

Lodging suggestions?
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Re: Beaver Island Trip

Postby lawso1dw » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:31 pm

Our organizer on the Island made this suggestion to another individual who asked this question. "Erin Motel is 500 ft. from the boat dock and costs $65.00/noc" Most lodgings are very close to town and can be found on the lodgings and activities page of the Beaver Island Birding Trail website at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/accommodations.html.
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Re: Beaver Island Trip

Postby lawso1dw » Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:08 pm

The registration site is up and running for anyone who would like to join us!

http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/pelagic.html
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Re: Beaver Island Trip

Postby chipperatl » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:17 pm

Will this be an annual trip? Can't make it this year, but would love to put it on the calendar next year.
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Re: Beaver Island Trip

Postby lawso1dw » Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:38 am

We haven't discussed next year yet, but I do think it is a possibility. I will let you know as soon as I do. Thanks.
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Re: Beaver Island Trip

Postby Danaduck » Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:40 am

I would love to go but it conflicts with the annual International Scout Rally in Hessel which is always the third weekend in Sept. I know that you have to coordinate the migration and the lodging availability on the island but if possible please consider moving it one week either way if possible.

But you have me thinking and I just may do a trip around the upper half of Lake Michigan by car and take the ferry across from WI to Ludington. Now I have to see which week is best using ebird.
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