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Birding 101

Boyne District Library 201 E. Main Street, Boyne City, MI, United States

Have you wanted to learn how to become a “birder” but have never really known where to start?  This is your chance to learn introductory birding skills in the classroom. Petoskey Regional Audubon Society President Darrell Lawson will teach an introduction to birding class at the Boyne District Library and then, weather permitting, the group will head to a…

Birding The Oden Fish Hatchery

Oden Fish Hatchery 3377 US-31, Oden, MI, United States

Explore the trails at the Oden Fish Hatchery in search of migrating and nesting birds. We will bird the evergreen and deciduous woodlands, as well as ponds, wetland habitats, and open areas near the hatchery buildings. Most trails are flat and broad. Allow 2- 3 hours but participants are free to leave at any time.

Pond Hill Farm Bird Walk

Pond Hill Farm 5699 S. Lakeshore Drive, Harbor Spring, MI, United States

Pond Hill Farm is located approx. 5 miles northwest of Harbor Springs on M-119.  The leisurely-paced walks on flat farm lanes will last about 2 hours, but participants are free to come and go as their schedules allow. We’ll be sharing the wonders of spring migration throughout the month, a great reason to get outdoors…

Birds and Blooms Hike at Grass River Natural Area

Grass River Natural Area 6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire, United States

Go for a relaxing stroll on the trails with GRNA docent Julie Hurd to find and identify the beautiful and unique wildflowers at Grass River.  Along the way we will listen and look for the birds that call Grass River home.  Donations requested.

Botany Hike at Antrim Creek Natural Area

Antrim Creek Natural Area 9890 Old Dixie Hwy, Ellsworth, MI, United States

Join Angie Lucas, staff ecologist at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy on a botanical hike along the trails at Antrim Creek Natural Area on Wednesday May 23rd at 1pm-3pm.  This floristically diverse Natural Area is owned and managed by Antrim County, and is home to unique flora of Great Lakes shoreline and wooded dune and…

Evening Birding at the Lawson’s

The Lawson's 9502 Burgess Road, Charlevoix, MI, United States

Join Petoskey Regional Audubon Society president Darrell Lawson at his parents’ property near Charlevoix for recurring evenings of birding at the Lawson’s.  The Lawson’s and the surround area features a wide range of habitats that attract a large diversity of bird species as they both migrate through and settle down for the nesting season.  Expect to see…

Spring Lake Park Bird Walk

Spring Lake Park 1590 Harbor-Petoskey Road, Petoskey, MI, United States

Meet at the gazebo, and we’ll walk the flat trails, boardwalk, and paved rail trail along Mud Lake to Round Lake. Loaner binoculars will be available.  The leisurely-paced walks will last about 2 hours, but participants are free to come and go as their schedules allow. We’ll be sharing the wonders of spring migration, a…

Bird Hike at the Rogers Family Homestead Preserve

Rogers Family Homestead Preserve 45.132984, -85.129002

The Rogers Family Homestead Preserve, along the Jordan River, offers a strong mixture of habitat that is sought after by both migrating and breeding birds.  Darrell Lawson, current president of PRAS, will be on hand to identify the birds that we see and hear and to answer any questions that may come up.  Meet at the parking…

Bird Sitting at the Ransom Nature Preserve

Ransom Nature Preserve 45.322896, -85.138426

This hilltop preserve with splendid views offers a delightful mixture of habitats, which allows it to support a wide diversity of bird species. Scarlet Tanagers and Indigo Buntings have been regular in the past.  Great-crested Flycatcher nested at this location in recent years.  Rose-breasted grosbeak, various woodpeckers, various sparrows and even some warblers are all…