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Spring Migration Walk

icon date2 Sunday, May 28, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Tuesday Evening Birders ***UPDATED FOR MAY 30***

icon date2 Tuesday, May 30, 2017
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Meijer at Jackson & Zeeb

On May 30, the final Tuesday Evening Birders of 2017 will met at the Scio Township Carpool Lot at 6PM. These carpool spaces provided by Meijer are located in the northeast corner of the Meijer Parking lot on Jackson Road. This is the corner closest to the intersection of Jackson and Zeeb Roads. This trip will entail moderate walking, grassland birds, and the potential for ticks. Please dress/prepare accordingly. 

Each Tuesday in May, leaders will scout locations and scan bird reports during the day, and then in the evening take the group to where the action is. This is a carpool event with multiple stops.

We will meet at 6:00 PM, USUALLY at the Miller Road Park & Ride (at Miller and M-14), but the meeting location is subject to change if dictated by the destination of the week. We will confirm the specific meeting spot on the Monday before the trip by posting it on our Facebook page and on the Birders email listserv, and in most cases we expect to be able to update this entry on the website as well. For example, if the primary destinations are to the east, we might choose to meet at the Plymouth Road Park & Ride. Group departure from the meeting site is at 6:15 so do plan to arrive in plenty of time to form up carpools! Please bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. 

Dress for weather that will get cooler as sunset approaches. We almost never cancel so it is best to show up at the departure site to see what the plans are.

We will bird until sunset. Usually we are well away from our departure site, so it is after sunset when we return to the parking site.
See you soon!

These field trips are sponsored by Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Stinchfield Woods Annual Breeding Bird Census

icon date2 Saturday, June 03, 2017
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

The Stinchfield Woods breeding bird census is an annual survey of elusive species breeding within the 777 acre Stinchfield Woods, located at 9401 Stinchfield Woods Rd., Pinckney, MI. Typical birds found at Stinchfield include Pine and Black-throated Green Warblers, Blue-headed Vireos, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Hooded Warblers, Ovenbirds, and Acadian Flycatchers.This survey is mostly a hearing event so birders with a keen ear are especially needed, although all birders are welcome to participate. This year marks the 24th annual census; please join us! Please email Norka Saldana or Karen Markey to RSVP for this event or for more details.

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Dan’s No-holds-barred Nature Outing

icon date2 Sunday, June 11, 2017
icon timer 06:30am
icon map marker Eddy Discovery Center

Meet/carpool at 6:30 AM at the first parking lot you come to at Waterloo State Recreation Area's Eddy Discovery Center off of Bush Road. Limit: 10 adults, middle school and older kids permitted in addition to the adults, but no more than 15 participants total. It will be early. There will be mosquitoes and quite possibly ticks. It might rain. We will be hiking some distance, and very possibly on wet and uneven ground. If we’re very lucky there might be rattlesnakes. We will start in Waterloo SRA and proceed as dictated by Dan’s scouting efforts, quite possibly venturing as far as Lenawee County. Bring your camera, your water bottle, a sack lunch, and wear some old clothes. We’re going to ooze into nature, seeking breeding birds, late migrants, interesting fragile habitats, and native orchids. Depending on opportunities, conditions, and interest level, we will likely be in the field until early afternoon. Whining strictly prohibited. RSVP with contact info: sparksjackson@aol.com

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Washtenaw Audubon Society 6th International Field Trip: Spain!

icon date2 Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

This upcoming June, WAS will be offering its 6th international field trip, this time to the bird-rich European country of Spain. We will spend 10 days (June 20-29, 2017) birding a variety of habitats in search of as many species we can, focusing on the birds unique to this part of the world. We start in the hilly grasslands of central Spain looking for birds such as Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Iberian Magpies, Hoopoes, European Bee-eaters and many others. This region is known for its variety of raptors (3 vulture species, 5 species of eagles, etc…) From here, we travel to a more arid region for 2 species of sandgrouse, many species of larks, Little Owl, Eurasian Wryneck, Black Wheatear, etc… Then, it’s up into the Alps for montane species, such as Choughs, Firecrests, Goldcrests, Lammergeiers, many woodpecker species, Dippers, Crossbills, as well as mammals like the Chamois. The main target of this part of the Alps will be the beautiful and unique Wallcreeper. Lastly, we head down toward the coast, where we will spend time in wetlands with their diversity of species: many species of gull and tern, waders, herons, flamingos, ducks, warblers and more.

The cost will be between $2,450-$2,900 depending upon how many participants sign up. This price includes accommodation, all transportation, guiding, all meals, etc… The only thing not included is the flight to get there.

Should be a great trip. It will be limited to 10 people. Some spots are already taken, so if you are interested please contact us ASAP. If you are interested in joining us or simply getting more specific information, contact the Washtenaw Audubon Field Trip Chair, Bryn Martin (click for contact form). We can send you a detailed itinerary with accommodations we will be using, as well as a trip list of birds we hope to see. Hope you are able to join us!

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Creatures of the Night

icon date2 Wednesday, June 21, 2017
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Join noted birder, photographer, and raconteur Don Chalfant for a program on the mysterious creatures that are active after dark. Owls, nightjars, woodcocks, and other birds, bugs, and mammals are out and about while most humans are asleep. Don Chalfant is a retired teacher who divides his time between Michigan and Florida, where he’s an active birder, field trip leader, and photographer.

This program is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program.

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