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Field Tours

For information on any field tours offered by Seven Ponds in 2013, or to be placed on a mailing list for future field tours, contact the center at 810-796-3200. Itineraries for the following tours can be found on our web site,

A Week of Birding in Morro Bay

Wednesday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 19, 2013
As we near the end of a long winter in Michigan, it’s fun to visit a location where an abundance of birds can be enjoyed. This year we are continuing our longtime birding tour partnership with Love Creek Nature Center in Berrien County and sponsoring a trip to Morro Bay. Located on the central coast of California, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay is along the Pacific Flyway and is a Globally Important Bird Area. The area offers pristine beaches, rocky shores, beautiful state parks, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, and, best of all, thousands of birds. Based in a single hotel, our group will have five full days to explore the coast for diving birds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and western gull species. We will also visit inland chaparral, woodland, and grassland habitats in search of a variety of western landbirds. Fee: $1,925.00 based on double occupancy and includes lodging, meals, ground transportation during the tour, park entrance fees, pre and post tour packets, and naturalist services.

Southern Appalachian Adventure II
Sunday, April 14 through Saturday, April 20, 2013
Seven Ponds has offered numerous trips to the Southern Appalachians in past years, including one in 2012. The nature center is pleased to return to this spectacular area in 2013 with a tour that features different activities and visits different locations compared to last year’s tour. Once again, our activities will take place in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is an International Biosphere Reserve which preserves the world’s finest example of temperate deciduous forest. The park supports over 1,500 different kinds of plants, a variety of animals, and many wonderful natural and cultural features. Our activities will allow us to experience a variety of the area’s features. The woodlands will be carpeted with spring wildflowers and many should be near peak bloom while we are there. We will also enjoy the sights and sounds of a variety of birds, including many types of warblers and such southern species as yellow-throated warbler and Carolina chickadee. Along the trails and back roads we’ll also find towering trees within old growth forest, salamanders under rocks and logs, waterfalls dropping over rocky ledges, cabins and stone walls left by early settlers, and plenty of beautiful mountain scenery. There will also be an evening of bluegrass music. Join us for spring in the Southern Appalachians. Fee: $980.00 ($950.00 members) based on double occupancy and includes lodging, dinners, transportation in and around the national park, pre and post information packets, and naturalist services.

A Week of Birding in Colorado Springs
Wednesday, July 17 through Tuesday, July 23
This field tour in the Colorado Springs area will feature birds of the Rocky Mountain foothills and mountains, as well as an opportunity to enjoy alpine flowers. Look for additional information in the Spring newsletter.