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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, April 25, 2019
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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Saline River Preserve

icon date2 Saturday, April 27, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Leslee Niethammer Saline River Preserve

Join us April 27 for a spring exploration of the Leslee Niethammer Saline River Preserve! Owned by York Township and maintained by the Friends of the Saline River, the 17.4-acre preserve includes meadows and trails along the river. On our first trip to the Preserve last fall, we saw 37 bird species, including a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker and several species of warblers.

Location: 9000 South Maple Road, Saline, MI 48176 (Parking lot is tiny, recommended to park on Maple)

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 02, 2019
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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Global Big Day Arb Walk

icon date2 Saturday, May 04, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Join WAS for a leaderless Arb Walk to celebrate the Global Big Day. Meet at the same location as the Thursday morning Arb Walks. For more info, see the details for our Thursday morning Arb walks.

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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 07, 2019
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

THE DESCRIPTION BELOW IS FROM 2018, AND WILL BE UPDATED FOR 2019 AS NEEDED. KEEP AN EYE OUT HERE. 

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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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 09, 2019
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 11, 2019
icon timer 
icon map marker Washtenaw County

With spring finally here, birders’ thoughts turn to spring birding. As you think about the ways you will bird in the county this spring, please consider participating in the Washtenaw County May Count, on International Migratory Bird Day.

Juliet Berger is the Compiler for this informal count. The Compiler divides the county into townships, each of which has an Area Leader. Leaders recruit additional volunteers to count birds throughout their area. For names and contact information for the Compiler and the Area Leaders, visit our website (check back here), and please consider volunteering.

This year, the May Count will continue to be a Washtenaw County only event, as our state wide compilers have retired. All Washtenaw County birders are welcome to bird all or part of the day. We will post detailed instructions right here on count day logistics. Please check back here for more information about how to participate as the date gets closer.

Please contact an Area Leader or the Compiler to help out!

NEW! Please see these new documents describing the count procedures:

Washtenaw County Coordinator/Compiler: Juliet Berger

Area Leaders (click names for contact details)

Leaders will be posted closer to the event date.

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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 14, 2019
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

THE DESCRIPTION BELOW IS FROM 2018, AND WILL BE UPDATED FOR 2019 AS NEEDED. KEEP AN EYE OUT HERE. 

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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Saving the Endangered Manatee

icon date2 Wednesday, May 15, 2019
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Katherine LaCommare, Ph.D., presents a program on one of nature’s most fascinating creatures, the Manatee. Dr. LaCommare, who teaches at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, has been studying Manatees for the past several years. Though they may not be the loveliest of mammals, they are among the most endearing and inoffensive. Unfortunately, they are also an endangered species. Join us as we learn what problems these animals face and what is being done to help them.

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 16, 2019
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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NAP Bird Walk, Gallup Park with Juliet Berger

icon date2 Friday, May 17, 2019
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Join Juliet Berger on this NAP-sponsored walk. For more information, please click HERE.

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Hudson Mills Metropark Migrants

icon date2 Saturday, May 18, 2019
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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Magee Marsh and Metzger Marsh, NW Ohio

icon date2 Sunday, May 19, 2019
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 7:15 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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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 21, 2019
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

THE DESCRIPTION BELOW IS FROM 2018, AND WILL BE UPDATED FOR 2019 AS NEEDED. KEEP AN EYE OUT HERE. 

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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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 23, 2019
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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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 28, 2019
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

THE DESCRIPTION BELOW IS FROM 2018, AND WILL BE UPDATED FOR 2019 AS NEEDED. KEEP AN EYE OUT HERE. 

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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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 30, 2019
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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Stinchfield Woods Annual Breeding Bird Census

icon date2 Saturday, June 01, 2019
icon timer 07:00am
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Please participate in this year's Stinchfield Woods census on Saturday, June 1, from 7 to about noon.

We will enter the Stinchfield Road gate at 7 am, assemble outside the classroom at the Observatory, and divide into groups to hike Stinchfield Woods trails. We will reassemble around 10:45 am to compile a list of all birds seen/heard by all groups. Bring your lunch or a snack if you want to stay to hear about all the great birds. The bird list will also be posted on U-M Birders and at the Stinchfield Woods web page.

If possible, please RSVP to Mary Wise no later than Wednesday, May 29, so we can prepare in advance, marking maps, assigning birders to various locations in the woods, and getting a count of how many people will be attending so we don't over-purchase on snacks such as fruit and sweets. We hope we have access to the classroom but if we do not, be prepared for "primitive facilities" and bring a chair to sit on.

Stinchfield Woods is a mostly hearing event, that is, we won't see but we'll hear most of the birds so we need birders with excellent hearing skills. We also need help from birders who know Stinchfield's trails because its trails are confusing and vegetation dense. We also need recorders who jot down the birds participants are hearing.

We will also post a general invitation to U-M Birders in advance of the Stinchfield event. 

We sure hope you can participate this year. If you have questions, please message Mary Wise. And please RSVP to Mary Wise!

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NAP Grassland Bird Walk, A2 Landfill/Wheeler Service Center

icon date2 Sunday, June 02, 2019
icon timer 07:30am
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Join Juliet Berger on this NAP-sponsored walk. This trip is currently tentative; check back here for details. 

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Volunteer Stewardship Day at Searles Nature Preserve

icon date2 Tuesday, June 11, 2019
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Searles Nature Preserve

After the rush of spring migration slows down, come join the WAS volunteer stewardship crew to help us care for our Searles Nature Preserve. This natural gem is off the beaten path and gives nature lovers and birders a quiet place to visit and enjoy. We’ll be focusing on maintaining trails at this event, so please bring saws, loppers, pruning shears, and any other tools that may be helpful for clearing brush. Dress for the weather, and bring boots, pants, gloves, and water. Long sleeves are also recommended to protect against poison ivy. Park along Bolla Road, approximately 1/4 mile west of Stony Creek Road in Augusta Twp. Hope to see you there!

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The Birds of Pte. Mouillee

icon date2 Wednesday, June 19, 2019
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join the inimitable Don Chalfant for a photographic field trip to see the lovely birds of Pte. Mouillee, one of Michigan’s premier birding locations. Pte. "Mou" is a series of dikes, impoundments, and coastal wetlands on the western shore of Lake Erie in Monroe County. Many of Michigan’s rarer birds can be seen there in season, though not necessarily each year, including American White Pelicans, Yellow-headed Blackbird, King Rail, Glossy Ibis, and Tricolored Heron, in addition to the occasional mega-rarity, such as White Wagtail. Don Chalfant is a retired Ann Arbor Public School teacher, who has spent many hours walking and biking the dikes at Pte. Mou, and has photographed many birds there.

No programs in July and August, but check our web page for field trips and fall programs.

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