Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center

Seven Ponds Field Tours
We offer natural history field tours to nature related destinations around the state, the country, or even the world. The tours feature experienced naturalist leaders and participants interested in learning about and enjoying the out-of-doors. To receive an itinerary for any of these tours, contact the center at 810-796-3200.
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Winter Birding in the Eastern Upper Peninsula

A Seven Ponds Nature Center birding field tour

January 25-27, 2019

Join us as we venture north across the Mighty Mac to the winter wonderland of Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. This unique area is popular with birders due to the high concentration of special winter birds that may be found in its varied habitats. In the fields near Pickford and Rudyard we may find Snowy Owl, Rough-legged Hawk, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, and Northern Shrike. At Dunbar Forest we’ll look for winter finches such as Common Redpoll, Purple Finch, and Pine Grosbeak, as well as Bohemian Waxwing. The open water near the Sault power plant may hold wintering ducks. Dafter Dump can turn up several species of gulls, as well as large numbers of Bald Eagles. In the boreal forest of Hulbert Bog we’ll search for Canada Jay and the crossbills. And you just never know when a true winter specialty may show up, such as Gyrfalcon, Northern Hawk Owl, or Great Gray Owl.

This tour is limited to 12 participants, and registration begins Monday, November 12 (for members) and Tuesday, November 13 for the
general public. The full itinerary for this tour is below along with the complete registration information.

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OREGON BIRDING – The Grand Tour!

Birding the Natural Splendor of Oregon

May 10-17, 2019

Oregon is a state of great scenic beauty and geographic diversity – including rocky coastlines, coastal estuaries, lush old-growth forests, the rugged, snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Mountains, sagebrush, grasslands, and juniper of the east, and the expansive dry lakebed of the Alvord desert. On this tour we will explore the bird life of each of these diverse habitats as we take a grand tour of Oregon!

Join us for a small group spring birding trip to Oregon, widely renowned for its natural beauty. Our itinerary will take us through a wide range of habitats, each holding its own unique birds awaiting our discovery. Oregon claims the sixth largest bird list among all U.S. states (only California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, and New Mexico have bigger lists), and our tour will coincide with the peak of the spring migration, providing us with a chance of seeing around 200 species of the birds Oregon has to offer. To experience migration west coast style, come along on what is sure to be a most memorable birding tour!

This tour is limited to nine participants, and registration begins December 3 (for members) and December 4 for the general public. Stop by the center or see our website for further details, a full itinerary, and complete registration information.
Tour fee: $2,150.00


Acadia Natural History Field Tour

The Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast

June 9-14, 2019

Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, is a botanist geologist, birder, and photographer’s dream. Fashioned by magma, glaciers and ocean creating beautiful mountain vistas, forested valleys, streams, and fjord-like lakes. We will explore the rugged coastline of Maine, travel by horse and carriage on some of the park’s historic carriage roads, and venture out into the ocean to hopefully see, giant mammals that make the sea their home. We will watch the sunset from Cadillac Mountain and hike Bar Island Trail only accessible 1.5 hours before and after low tide. This field tour promises to be enchanting and memorable.

For more information, contact Carrie Spencer at
or Katie McKiernan at or call the center at (810) 796-3200.

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