Hawk Watching and Photography of Whitefish Point, Michigan

April 10 – April 14, 2019

Join Josh Haas, HMANA board member, hawkwatcher, photographer and tour guide for the trip of a lifetime to witness big flights of raptors along Lake Superior atop a hawk deck at tree-top level. All the usual suspects will take your breath away as they fly overhead and around the deck milling around the point before making the journey across to Canada.  But it’s the specialty species such as Rough-legged Hawks, dark-morph Red-tailed Hawks, Golden Eagles and Northern Goshawks that make Whitefish Pt. one of the most famed hawk watches in North America. Leary migrants hesitant to make the journey across to Canada often find their way in front of the deck multiple times, giving more chances of seeing and photographing these amazing wonders of nature.  This exciting tour will include daily hawk watching, instruction on how to identify them at a distance and what makes this trip very special is the photographic instruction every step of the way.  This includes the best ways to photograph hawks in flight, photographing songbirds, along with side trips after specialty UP birds such as Crossbills, the elusive Spruce Grouse, possible Gray Jays and Snowy Owls (if migration supports).

Josh has been birding and photographing Whitefish Pt. for over 10 years.  In 2017 he released Hawks on the Wing, a movie focused on hawk ID and his work can be seen on-line, in numerous publications.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity geared towards bird photographers and reserve your spot now for this trip of a lifetime!

There are two travel options for this tour.
Tour cost includes guide(s), ground transportation from the Detroit, MI area for those choosing to fly into the Detroit Airport (and transportation around the Whitefish Pt. area), park fees, lodging, most meals. Airfare to and from MI not included. 
For participants flying into Detroit, we recommend staying at the Clarion or Wyndham Garden which have free airport shuttles. HMANA shuttle will pick up participants at 8AM April 10th for the 6 hr drive. 
For those who wish to fly into Soult Ste Marie, which is about an hour drive from tour accommodations in Paradise, you are responsible for renting your own vehicle to get to the cabins on your own. No shuttle pick-up is available at that airport. The tour officially begins between 3-3:30pm on April 10th. 

Physical demands of the tour are low. Participants need to be able to carry their own birding/photography gear.  Hiking is necessary but mostly on flat ground, sand and never very far from the vehicle. Pace will also be slow and time birding/photographing will take priority.

For more information, please contact Julie Brown at brown@hmana.org.


Link to tour guide (coming soon)

Link to Itinerary (coming soon)


Link to register (coming soon)