Learn about birding sites in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and northern Grand Traverse and Kalkaska Counties!
The Sunset Coast Birding Trail showcases the diverse birds and natural features of Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties and benefits the local communities by promoting economic development and environmental stewardship. The three counties, located in the northwest area of the lower peninsula, host a wide variety of protected areas and habitats that attract a large number of Michigan’s 400-plus bird species. The region offers exciting birding opportunities at local parks, nature preserves, and natural areas where prime birding locations are easily accessible.
The Sunset Coast Birding Trail features 35 primary sites on this website, printed map, and with signage on location. Many additional site are featured on the website only, but still offer great birding opportunities. Millions of migratory birds pass through the Great Lakes region during their spring and fall migrations, making Michigan uniquely positioned as a birding destination. We encourage you to explore this site to plan your next birding adventure! We hope you enjoy your visit and look forward to seeing you in the field.
If you are an eBird user, please submit your sightings as you visit the different sites so we can share what birds are being seen and heard.