Friday-Tuesday, May 24-28, MAGEE MARSH/OTTAWA NWR, OHIO (Out-of-area trip)
Coordinators: Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen 518-330-4552(GR, c), firstname.lastname@example.org
The Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and several other adjacent or nearby conservation areas make up one of the Midwest’s premier songbird migration sites. The area is composed of a mosaic of habitats including forested beach ridges, open grasslands, woodlands, hardwood swamp, open marsh, and Lake Erie coastline. Northbound passerine migrants tend to stop for re-fueling at the lake boundary and can accumulate in impressive fallouts under the right conditions. The area boasts upwards of 3 dozen migrant warbler species and about 150 migrant species overall each spring. There are also chances in the region for highlight breeding species such as yellow-throated and prothonotary warbler, red-headed woodpecker, and lark sparrow. Memorial Day weekend is a little beyond the typical migration peak at Magee, but it still is within the window for the majority of migrant activity. At the same time, we will avoid the worst of the monster crowds that descend on Magee earlier in May, and we will also be in the area during the peak period for Connecticut Warbler.
We plan to let participants make their own travel arrangements to the area, but the coordinators will arrange lodging. Straight-through driving time from Albany is approximately 9 hours, or flights can be arranged through Cleveland or Detroit. Plan on car-pooling in as few vehicles as possible while in the Magee area. There will be a limit of 10 participants (including the coordinators) for this trip.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED WELL IN ADVANCE: CONTACT THE COORDINATORS BY March 15th FOR RESERVATIONS AND LOGISTICS DETAILS.