Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center

Field Tours
Seven Ponds Nature Center’s natural history field tours are an excellent way to visit 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. Seven Ponds is pleased to offer the following field tours for 2017. To receive an itinerary for any of these tours, contact the center at 810-796-3200.
Niagara Escarpment Escape
Sunday, June 4 through Friday, June 9, 2017

Join Seven Ponds Nature Center staff naturalists as we escape to the Niagara Escarpment on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. The ancient, tilted coral reef that makes up this priceless, geologic gem had its beginnings 400 million years ago in a shallow sea which covered the Great Lakes region. From the gently sloping, fragile dune and wetland areas of the west side of the peninsula, to the astounding Niagara Escarpment cliffs overlooking the deepest part of Georgian Bay, this is truly a remarkable area. The Niagara Escarpment is so special that it was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990.

This natural history tour will be a nature lover’s dream and is sure to delight photographers. The tour will feature visits to spectacular waterfalls, ancient sea caves, unique geological formations, and the globally rare alvar ecosystem. The area is renowned for its bounty of orchids, wildflowers, ferns, and wildlife, including many boreal bird species. A special treat will be a day on nearby Flower Pot Island, hiking the islands trails and visiting the lighthouse. All this awaits participants on the Niagara Escarpment Escape.

This Seven Ponds field tour features some very special accommodations. Two nights will be spent at the rustic Red Bay Lodge, nestled in the coniferous forest near Lake Huron, and three nights at the historic Princess Hotel overlooking Big Tub Harbor in the quaint town of Tobermory on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. The tour will be led by Seven Ponds Nature Center Naturalists Carrie Spencer and Nancy Kautz. The fee for this tour is $950.00 ($920.00 for Seven Ponds members) and includes five nights lodging (double occupancy), meals from dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Friday, boat tour, entrance fees, naturalist services, and pre and post information packets.
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Prairies, Foothills, Sagebrush, and Rocky Mountains!
Wednesday, June 21 through Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Despite having no ocean coastline, Colorado’s bird list of more than 500 species ranks in the top ten among U.S. states because of the great variety of habitat. On this field tour, we will explore the unique mix of habitats and birds of each of Colorado’s five major life zones. The biggest variable is elevation-for example, within a fifty mile radius of Fort Collins, the elevation varies by nearly 10,000 feet. Every 1,000 foot change in elevation is similar to traveling about 700 miles in latitude, and thus bird life changes dramatically as one travels up slope.

Birding in Colorado in the summer months will bring us face-to-face with the breeding birds of the prairies and mountains. On this tour we will begin our birding in the Pawnee National Grasslands, then move on to the foothills of northern Colorado, and finish near the snow-capped peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. The tour will also take us into North Park, one of Colorado’s large high mountain valleys, where we will look for some of the birds of sagebrush country, including Greater Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush Sparrow. In addition to the large variety of birds, participants will be able to enjoy the spectacular scenery and splendor of this region of Colorado.

This birding tour will be led by Colorado birding guide Carl Bendorf of Colorado Birding Adventures and Daryl Bernard, Executive Director of Seven Ponds Nature Center. The fee for the tour is $1,600.00 and includes six nights lodging (double occupancy) from Denver, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7, van transportation in Colorado, park entrance fees, guide fees, pre-trip information, and a post-trip mailing with a list of all species observed by the group. The fee does not include airfare to and from Colorado.