BIGGEST WEEK GUIDED VAN TRIPS
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About our van trips:
We're proud of the quality of our van trips. Our small groups (only ten people per van), wonderful leaders, and great value make for excellent birding and memories. Two experienced leaders will share the best birding in the region with everyone on the trip, keep the group on pace, and safely transport the group between sites. Van trips require the participant's ability to enter and exit a 15-passenger van without assistance on multiple occasions. The leader will provide a wooden step due to the van's clearance. Some locations may involve up to 1.5-2 miles and 2-3 hours away from the van at a time. Please see the accessibility section of the site guides linked next to each trip.
Please note: All van trips will leave from and return to Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center. Each van will be numbered, so be sure to match your van number listed on your itinerary with the numbered van in the parking lot. Vans will be lined up in numerical order each morning.
Boxed lunches are available by filling out a form at the front desk of the Maumee Bay Lodge the day before. You will pick up your lunch from the front desk in the morning before boarding the van. You do not have to be a registered guest of Maumee Bay Lodge to order a boxed lunch.
Some of our trips offer pickup for participants staying in Port Clinton. Please arrive at the pickup location no later than 6:30 a.m. Click HERE for a map to the parking lot.
The 2024 Biggest Week In American Birding Van Trips will be sponsored by Zeiss and Land Sea & Sky.
Zeiss has graciously offered to provide a Conquest Gavia 85mm spotting scope for Biggest Week participants to use while on a van trip. Each van will be equipped with one Zeiss spotting scope in addition to any scopes leaders bring.