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Every Thursday morning through the end of October, participants will gather at 8:00 AM at the end of theRiverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders presentthat day will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-yearplumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walks gountil roughly 11:00 AM, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.
Join Sarah Toner for a program on using weather data to know where and when to go birding for maximum success. Sarah is one of Washtenaw Audubon's sharp-eyed and sharp-eared young birders. A senior at Community High School, Sarah is a two-time winner of the American Birding Associations's Young Birder of the Year award in the writing contest, and she founded the Michigan Young Birders Club.
WAS monthly events usually are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. Free and open to the public. Please note: The Matthaei Botanical Gardens charges for parking at the rate of $1.20 an hour, enforced 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Members of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum park for free.
This annual late fall outing is once again co-sponsored with Oakland Audubon Society. We will be searching for waterfowl, gulls, raptors, and other species. Please meet at the Nature Center on the eastern end of the island. Belle Isle is now a state park and a state recreational passport is required.
Leader: Rob French
This annual trip is a favorite for hard-core WAS members. Because access to the landfill is highly restricted, we rent a van for the trip and have to limit the number of participants. WAS members who have never attended this trip will be given priority, but we will keep a list of other members who tell us they would like to go, and if there is still space available a few days before the trip, we then open it up to as many of them as we can accommodate. If there is additional space after this, we will open it up to non-WAS members.
Meet at 8:40 a.m. at the far end of the Park-n-Ride lot at Plymouth Road and US 23. This trip will take about 4 hours. Please note that the weather for this outing tends to be extremely cold and that there is usually wind on the heights of the landfill, where participants will be spending most of the time. Dress warmly! Please also note that if the activity at the landfill is disappointing, the group may move on to one or two other sites.
PLEASE NOTE: Since event entails driving in the van to the landfill, anyone under 18 who is not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian will need to have a completed parental consent form to participate. If this applies to you or your child, please download the form from the right column of our field trip page and bring the completed, signed form to submit when the child is dropped off.
Contact the leader to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 645-2547.
Watch for more information coming soon.