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The Washtenaw Audubon Society is an active chapter of Michigan Audubon formed in the early 1950's. Monthly programs feature guest speakers on a wide variety of natural history and birding topics. We conduct field trips to places in Ann Arbor, in Washtenaw County, and as far away as Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Other special events throughout the year bring members and friends together, such as the annual Christmas Bird Count and North American Migration Count. Most of our events are free and open to the public, but membership dues and volunteers support our ability to provide these activities. Please explore our website and consider joining some of our activities. We look forward to meeting you!











Sep 17, Wednesday
Birding for Conservation

Join Tom Funke for a program on how you can contribute to bird conservation while birding. Tom Funke is the conservation director for Michigan Audubon, and the resident manager of the Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary near Hastings, MI.

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Sep 4, Thursday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Fall Migration Walks at Nichols Arboretum

Every Thursday morning from August 28 through the end of October, participants will gather at 8:00 at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present that day will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walks go until roughly 11:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

Sep 6, Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fall Migrants at Hudson Mills

Leader: Karen Markey

Please join us for this hike in search of fall migrants at Hudson Mills Metropark. We will meet at 8 AM sharp at the flagpole in the front of the Activity Center, and the outing will go until about 10:30 or 11:00. We will be joined at this event by birders from the Oakland Audubon Society.

Karen knows this park extremely well. "I am always surprised about fall migrants at Hudson Mills," she notes. "We could have Scarlet Tanagers, Tennessee, Magnolia, and Blue-winged warblers, Redstarts, Blackpolls, and Cuckoos. A few years ago a Hooded Warbler made a brief appearance at the woodpile. The resident woodpeckers tend to be very active at this time of year as well." The dew on the ground can be heavy early in the morning in September, so please wear appropriate footwear. It is also a good idea to bring insect repellant. Finally, please also note that no pets are allowed on the nature trails.

For directions to Hudson Mills Metropark, click here. Once you enter the park, take the second right into a large parking lot that ends at the Activity Center. Please note that there is a fee if your vehicle does not have an annual metropark pass. If the entry booth to the park is unmanned, you can purchase a $5 daily parking permit at the office inside the Activity Center. See this webpage for more general park information.

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Please welcome Juliet Berger as our new WAS president
At our June meeting, the Society approved the recommendation of the board and its nominating committee and elected Juliet Berger as our new president. In addition to being an excellent birder, Juliet brings great energy and enthusiasm to the position. She takes over from Sue Johnson, who served two terms with accomplishment and good cheer.

Record #s of Hooded Warblers and Participants at Stinchfield Woods
Here are excerpts from Karen Markey's report on the 2014 Stinchfield Woods Census, held Sun 6/15:

"Count headlines are the average number of 767 individuals, a little above the 16-year average of 744.1, and the average number of 56 species, right at the 16-year average of 56.3 species. We had our first-ever sighting of Osprey, a bird that took flight as the group approached it. For the second year in a row, a record 4 Pileated woodpeckers was reported. Excellent news is the record number of Hooded warblers (27), surpassing last year's high of 24. Let us hope that this is the "new normal" for Hoodeds at Stinchfield. Unfortunately, we passed several dog walkers with multiple unleashed dogs in tow, not a positive sign for sustaining record numbers of this close-to-the-ground nesting species.

"This year's high species counts were Northern cardinal (56), Blue jay (55), Eastern wood-pewee (51), and Ovenbird (44).

"On the plus side are numbers of:

  • Acadian flycatchers ~ holding strong in double-digits at 22
  • Eastern-wood pewees ~ back up into the low 50s at 51
  • Blue jays ~ also back up into the mid-50s (55)
  • Wood thrush ~ back up into the teens (13) after five single-digit years
  • Pine warblers and Ovenbirds are back at above average numbers
  • Scarlet tanagers ~ back up to the low 20s at 22
  • Cowbirds ~ this year's total of 9 is welcome news, the first single-digit year since 2005
"On the minus side are numbers of:
  • Red-breasted nuthatches ~ another slim year at 7 compared to several double-digit years in the past
  • Tufted titmice dropped to the high teens compared to twice as many in past years
"Next year's Stinchfield Wood census count will also take place on a Sunday, probably June 7 or June 14."

Big thanks to Karen for leading this effort for the past 16 years and for Rachelle Roake for agreeing to coordinate it starting next year.

Got a bird question? Answers are here.
Washtenaw County has always been proud of its birding community. However, the recent addition of Julie Craves (Birdwatching Magazine's author of the column, "Since You Asked" and Rouge River Bird Observatory supervisor) has provided some real local cachet! We took the liberty of providing you a link to Julie's excellent answers to some FAQ's about birds under Bird Stuff You Should Know.

Washtenaw Audubon Lending Library - Back Online!
We have a variety of books and magazines available for loan. Click the link below or the permanent link on the right of this page to see what's available to you.

WAS phone number to be discontinued--contact via e-mail
We will be discontinuing the WAS telephone number at the end of February. The phone line is no longer a cost-effective way of handling inquiries and communicating with our members and other people. Please click on the "CONTACT US" tab on the navigation bar at the top of each of our web pages if you need to contact someone at Washtenaw Audubon.








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