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.


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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