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One-Road Challenge

icon date2 Saturday, March 03, 2018
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Come join in this friendly competition sponsored by Washtenaw Audubon!

Here are the rules and regulations. Email us if you have any questions

  • Form a team of at least three people and select a public road in Washtenaw County that is likely to yield a wide variety of species in early March. The following roads are not eligible for the competition: Huron River Drive, Michigan Avenue, North Territorial. All other roads are allowed, but please use good judgment in considering safety in addition to bird-related considerations.
  • More than one team is allowed to use a given road. You will not "own" your road.
  • Start searching your road as early as you like on the morning of the event (i.e., any time after midnight). Look and listen for as many bird species as possible, stopping not later than 11 AM. Only species observed from midnight to 11 AM will count.
  • A species will count if is identified positively by either sound or sight. At least half of your team has to see or hear a species for it to count.
  • Your team has to bird together. If you split up, you either become separate teams (if each fragment has enough members), or you move to the Outlaw Division (see below).
  • You must stay within fifteen feet of the edge of your chosen road. Any birds seen or heard whle you are beyond that range will not count. If your road has a break or a shift, you can only count the birds observed from your road, not the connecting ones. Examples of interrupted roads include: 5 Mile, 6 Mile, 7 Mile, Arkona, Austin, Bemis, Braun, Jennings, Jerusalem, Lima Center, Maple, Morgan, Napier, Northfield Church, Textile, Trinkle, Sharon Hollow, Steinbach, Willow and Zeeb.
  • You must stay within Washtenaw County.
  • Hybrids of species are interesting, but they won't count.

Scoring:

  • In general, each species found will be worth one point; except
  • Species found by no other team will receive a bonus point in your team's species count; and
  • Teams that include people who have never participated in ANY previous Washtenaw Audubon Society outing before will receive an additional two points for each newcomer, but with a maximum of six of these bonus points per team.

Safety:

  • Drive safely and predictably
  • Do not obstruct traffic
  • Be visible - wear bright colors
  • Be courteous and alert

Post-Competition Meeting:

  • We will meet afterwards to compile results and calculate team scores. This is usually at 11:30 at the Classic Cup Cafe. Details will be confirmed here prior to the event. 

OUTLAW DIVISION! Too many rules for you? Don't like birding as a team? Don't want to commit to being part of a team because of a potential schedule conflict? Please participate anyway. Only teams that follow all the rules are eligible to win, but we are happy to have others participate and we will be interested in hearing about the birds you find.
Please note that these rules may be subject to revision up to one week before the contest begins.

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Searles Preserve - Restoration Work Day

icon date2 Saturday, March 17, 2018
icon timer 01:00pm
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Join WAS for a work day, with trail clearing, at Washtenaw Audubon Society’s Searles Nature Preserve, on Bolla Road, in Augusta Township. This Nature Preserve is a beautiful parcel along Stony Creek, with majestic stands of Oak and Black Cherry, along with some nice wetlands and upland habitat. It is a good place to see migrant passerines in spring and fall. We'd love to be able to make this preserve more accessible to the public and can only do so with your help. Watch here for more details to come.

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To be announced

icon date2 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

This program will be announced soon.

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, March 29, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, April 05, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Nichols Arboretum Early Migrants

icon date2 Saturday, April 07, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Early springtime walks through the Arb are productive for Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, White-throated sparrows, Winter wrens, Fox sparrows, Ruby- and Golden-crowned kinglets, and Brown creepers. These early birds are joined bythe first warblers -- Yellow-rumped, Pine, Palm, and Orange-crowned. Maybe a Blue-headed vireo will join them. We will wander the Arb's meandering gravel and dirt paths in search of early spring migrants. We will meet at the Riverview entrance to the Arb at 8 AM sharp. Dress appropriately for the weather including coat, gloves, scarf, hat, and sensible footwear. No strollers, dogs, or wagons please. Walk should end between 10:30 and 11 AM.

Leader: Karen Markey

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, April 12, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Birds and Wildlife of Ethiopia

icon date2 Wednesday, April 18, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join seasoned traveler and birder Mecquicreuse Desoiseaux for a look at the ecologically diverse nation of Ethiopia. Though seldom visited by American birders, the country boasts 856 bird species, of which 20 are endemic, and 31 endemic mammals. A lifelong birder, Mecqui is a native of France, and a former birding tour guide for Fictif Bird Tours, S.A.

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, April 19, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, April 26, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Spring Bird Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens

icon date2 Tuesday, May 01, 2018
icon timer 09:00am
icon map marker Hidden Lake Gardens

Come learn the sights and sounds of birds with naturalist and bird guide, Juliet Berger. Spring is here, and we welcome back many Warbler species nesting at the Gardens, as well as those migrating though. Northern Flicker, Baltimore Oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak will be nesting here. Keep your eyes peeled for the chance to glimpse Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and other spring migrants. Learn the song of our state bird, the American Robin, and many more. Meet at the Hidden Lake Gardens Visitors Center at 9:00 a.m. Binoculars and hiking boots are recommended for this 2-3 hour walk.

Trip Leader: Juliet Berger

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 03, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Hudson Mills Metropark Migrants

icon date2 Sunday, May 06, 2018
icon timer 07:45am
icon map marker Hudson Mills Metropark

Target birds include cuckoos, woodpeckers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, warblers and tanagers. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Activity Center at 7:45 AM. The trip will last roughly until 11:00 AM. This field trip is free of charge, but a MetroParks Pass is required for admission to the park.

Leader: Karen Markey

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 10, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Washtenaw County May Count

icon date2 Saturday, May 12, 2018
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Spring will come, and migrants will arrive, despite the wintry weather that comes and goes. Make a note on your calendars that the county-wide Washtenaw County May Count will be on May 12, 2018. Details will be posted when we are closer to the date of the event. 

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Magee Marsh and Metzger Marsh, NW Ohio

icon date2 Sunday, May 13, 2018
icon timer 05:50am
icon map marker Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Magee Marsh is an internationally renowned migrant trap where birds stop to refuel before their long flight across Lake Erie. Warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, and thrushes are just some of the many types of birds you can see there. Birders may see more than 100 species. Meet at the park-and-ride lot at Plymouth Road and US 23 at 5:50 AM to arrange carpools for a 6:00 AM sharp departure. Or meet the group at the warbler sign near the boardwalk entrance at Magee Marsh at 8:30 AM. Karen plans to return in the late afternoon, but individual drivers and their carpools may arrange to come back at any time.

Leader: Karen Markey

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 17, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Belle Isle Park

icon date2 Sunday, May 20, 2018
icon timer 07:00am
icon map marker Belle Isle Park Nature Center

Belle Isle is the jewel of the Detroit parks system, and in spring migration the woods there can be full of migrating birds. Up to 20 warbler species in a day can be seen, making this nearby locale nearly as good as the more famous hotspots of Magee Marsh and Point Pelee, but without the crowds or hassle of border crossings. Migration should still be going strong in the third week of May, and we'll cover as much of the island as we can looking for flocks of warblers, thrushes, sparrows, and around the perimeter of the island any lingering water birds. Around this time in 2017, a birder found the island's first ever Kirtland's Warbler. Maybe we'll get lucky!

Join us and trip leader Allen Chartier. Meet at the nature center at 7:00 a.m.

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 24, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 31, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Borneo: Washtenaw Audubon Society International Field Trip

icon date2 Saturday, July 21, 2018
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Only 3 spots remain for this international trip!

WAS would like to invite you to join us on another international field trip next year; this time to the exotic location of Borneo! We will be traveling and birding for 10 days (July 21-31, 2018) with Rockjumper Tours. They are an amazing company and we look forward to seeing 225-250 species of birds, including most of the birds only found on this tropical island. Additionally, we plan to see a number of great mammals such as Proboscis Monkey, Orangutan, Elephant and many more. We will go out on night drives, bird by boat, explore the famous Gomontong Caves, bird along rainforest canopy walkways, etc… If you are interested in joining us or just simply asking questions or getting more information, please contact Bryn Martin. Bryn can send you a very detailed itinerary with pricing, as well as a checklist of birds we plan/hope to see. Spaces are limited and already starting to fill up. (There are currently 3 spots remaining.)

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