Birding Wisconsin, with its many wet habitats, is a great experience during spring migration. You arrive on Sunday April 5th. The field trip starts Monday morning April 6th ending Friday April 10th with late afternoon airport drop off.This is a small group field trip limited to four participants for each field trip.
YBT uses small, comfortable vehicles, not a 12 person van.
If you need to add warblers to your life list this is a good trip to see 22 plus warblers. The 2017 field trips observed 24 species of warblers. This five-day field trip / tour will provide birders with opportunities to experience a touch of America’s conservation history, with visits to the boyhood home of John Muir park and Aldo Leopold’s Pine Island Preserve, as well the Baraboo Mountains of central Wisconsin. Also included in the field trip is a visit to the International Crane Foundation breeding and visitor center. The Mississippi Flyway, as it cuts through Wisconsin, is an overlooked birding opportunity for California Birders seeking Neotropical spring migrants. We’ll witness spring migration during its peak period, with many species in full breeding plumage. Bring your camera to take advantage of the many photo opportunities this field trip will provide.
Day 1, Monday, 7 AM hotel pick-up
The tour begins with birding in Milwaukee, exploring the city’s walking paths along Lake Michigan, stopping to bird the lakefront beaches for Warbler Species scoping the Coast Guard breakwater for loafing gull species, diving ducks and visiting a wonderful string of lakeside parks to seek Sparrow species, Eastern Bluebird, Purple Martin and newly arrived Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos. We will close the day with a visit to Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center to use their three-story birding tower to watch the evening Chimney Swifts. We will all dine together for both lunch and dinner on Milwaukee east side at one of several organic restaurants.
Day 2, Tuesday
We’ll bird Harrington Beach State Park, one of Wisconsin’s oldest and most beautiful state parks, in search of Franklin’s Gulls, Bonaparte’s Gulls, and Wood Warblers. We’ll stop at the Wisconsin Lake Michigan Raptor Observatory, where we’ll view migrating raptors in volumes equal to our GGRO in the Marin Headlands. As we bird our way through the Wisconsin hardwood forests to Cedarburg Bog State Natural Area, we’ll look for the Northern Waterthrush. A drive brings us to Horicon Marsh, North America’s largest freshwater cattail marsh, found here in central Wisconsin. This is a birder’s paradise; we’ll search for Black Tern, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Pectoral Sandpiper, as well as more neotropical migrants including Baltimore Oriole, Flycatchers, Palm Warbler, and Indigo Bunting and possible Rusty Blackbird..
Day 3, Wednesday
We’ll visit the International Crane Foundation in the morning, where we’ll see Whooping Cranes. We’ll not only enjoy its many birding trails—seeking Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Rusty Blackbird, White-throated Sparrow, and Louisiana Waterthrush—but we’ll also explore the comprehensive offerings in their superb bookstore. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Aldo Leopold’s Home and Conference Center and search the hardwood forest and grasslands for Veery, Wood Thrush, Mourning Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and Canada Warbler.
Day 4, Thursday
We will drive to the very productive Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, located in north central Wisconsin. The refuge has over 250 species on record. We’ll spend the day seeking Trumpeter Swan, Broad-winged Hawk, Black-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatcher, andRose-breasted Grosbeak, then dine and spend the night nearby.
Day 5, Friday
On our way back to Milwaukee, we will stop to bird John Muir’s boyhood home. Where we may see Red-headed Woodpecker, Buff-bellied Flycatcher, Field Sparrow, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and Pine Warbler. We’ll stop at Grand River Marsh seeking the Ovenbird and Wood Thrush. We’ll check our total sightings Friday afternoon over lunch for those who wish to depart Friday evening. You have the option of leaving Saturday to fly home on May 11th . Your Friday night hotel fee is not covered in the field trip fee, so you will need to make your own arrangements for an overnight stay.
Trip begins Monday April 6 with 7AM Milwaukee Airport hotel pickup; it concludes on Friday April 10th with airport or Hotel drop-off. Yellowbilled Tours will forward a final Itinerary and participant list to everyone 3 weeks prior to the tour. It will include information and instructions for meeting the YBT Birding group at the Milwaukee Airport, as well as hotel addresses, emergency contact info, travel advisories, etc.
$1,795.00 cost includes all lodging, ground transportation, fuel and park entry fees. Airfare and meals not included.
Registration is open and confirmed with a completed registration form and $900.00 deposit.
Balance of $895.00 is due February 1, 2020. If a participant cancels after balance is paid, every effort will be made to find a suitable replacement. Your payment will be placed in a Client account less any cancelation charges YBT may incur for lodges, etc. The balance will be maintained in a YBT-Client account for use on another YBT field trip within 15 months or forfeited to Yellowbilled Tours. For questions, please contact: Rich Cimino 925-353-0266, or e-mail at Yellowbilledtours@gmail.com