Ohio and Michigan

Toledo, OH, USA

203 reviews
May 14 - 21, 2023
Group size: 4 - 10
Ohio and Michigan
Toledo, OH, USA

203 reviews

May 14 - 21, 2023
Group size: 4 - 10

About this trip

The vast array of freshwater marshes, woodlots and fields of Northern Ohio are a must-see for North American birders. During spring migration thousands of birds pour through on their way north to breed in the extensive forests and wetlands of Canada; many will congregate in the lakeshore forests during rainy and windy conditions. Once the weather lifts the birds will continue their journey across the open water of Lake Erie. 

Thousands of birders and nature-lovers now visit Northern Ohio in the springtime, hoping for a glimpse into the wonder of spring migration. 

We will visit a number of places with place names many of us are familiar with from birding articles: Maumee Bay State Park, Metzger Marsh, Pearson Metropark, Oak Openings, Sheldon Marsh, Willow Point, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Black Swamp Bird Observatory and, of course, the famous boardwalk at Magee Marsh. We will also head into adjacent Michigan to see the closest colony of Yellow-headed Blackbirds at Pointe Mouillee and then north to see Kirtland’s Warbler. 

By moving around from place to place we should see over 25 species of warbler- all in their spring breeding colors. We should also see Wood, Swainson’s and Gray-cheeked Thrush, Veery, both Black and Yellow-billed Cuckoos and at least 5 Vireos. Trumpeter Swans are common and the last remaining wintering ducks should be moving through – in other words, almost anything is possible. Last year’s rarities included Le Conte’s, American Tree and Clay-colored Sparrows, Wilson’s Phalarope and both Mourning and Connecticut Warblers. 

Whether we see rarities or just the spectacle of spring migration we are sure to have a good time birding this part of the country. 

What’s included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • Guide services
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until April 24, 20236 left


Deposit: $300
Single Traveler
Available until April 24, 20234 left

For those wanting their own room

Deposit: $300

Your Organizer

Ventures Birding Tours
203 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.


I'm so glad that we looked into booking Ventures when we were visiting their area. Usually we bird on our own, but having someone so experienced who could almost instantly identify everything for us was such a help. We added several lifers to our list that I'm not sure we'd have been able to find or identify on our own, and the guide (Aaron Steed) showed us a new place that we can bird on our own when we're in the area (which we are a handful of times a year.) We're definitely going to check in with them to see if someone is available for a half day each time we come to town from now on (only half days because we bring dogs, but did find a local kennel with 'day care' to leave them for a few hours since we cannot leave them in the campground).
By Lynn R for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 30 Sep, 2022
We had a wonderful weekend. Kevin Burke is a fantastic guide - enthusiastic, knowledgeable, aware of the skill levels of the birders so that everyone learns something. In a 4 day weekend (one afternoon, one morning, two full days) we saw 83 species, 20 different warblers. We went to a variety of environments (lakes, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Jackson Park in Hendersonville), each with different migrant bird populations. The Holiday Inn was fine (as expected), and we all went out for meals together that were quite good, especially the Corner Kitchen. Very highly recommended! We’ve done both Spring and Fall Ventures Birding Warbler Weekends. Spring has more colorful birds that are easier to see (fewer leaves), while Fall has more birds all together. Both are fun.
By Ross M for Warbler Weekend Fall 2022 on 21 Sep, 2022
This trip was wonderful. It covered a large number of bird habitats throughout the entire state of Oregon. Our guides were very well organized and everything went very smoothly although there was always room to be flexible. Our accommodations were very good. Both guides were very very knowledge and friendly, helpful, and considerate. In all, a memorable birding trip with over 200 species viewed.
By Kim H for Oregon - Mountains, Coasts and Deserts 2022 on 19 Sep, 2022
This was a delightful experience. The views from the peak of the parkway were outstanding, the warblers were darting through on the fall migration, and the forested lovely trails from the Pisgah Inn to the overlook parking lot made for a perfect morning.
By Kathleen W for Buck Spring Gap on 16 Sep, 2022
Having two excellent and experienced guides and traveling in two vehicles was quite special for our small group. Kevin and Michael complemented each other and worked as an elite team identifying potential birding locations and at the same time avoiding areas where forest fires prevailed. Their efforts to locate special birds was extraordinary as all of us were able to see and appreciate new birds to add to life lists for some. Truly a fun, engaging experience enhanced by astute selections of evening dining opportunities and quite complete tail gate lunches on the go.
By Harry Y for Oregon - Mountains, Coasts and Deserts 2022 on 15 Sep, 2022
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