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71st Ann Arbor Christmas Bird Count

icon date2 Saturday, December 16, 2017
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NEW: CLICK HERE to sign up online to help with the Christmas Bird Count! This is the preferred way to sign up!

The 2017 Ann Arbor Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 17th – as always, sponsored by the Washtenaw Audubon Society. The event brings out both advanced, intermediate, and beginning birders, and it is a wonderful occasion for volunteers new to the area, or birding itself, to meet the local birding community and become part of the Ann Arbor area’s extensive birding network.

Visit the Ann Arbor Christmas Bird Count web page for more information. 

Click HERE for a registration form. 

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Birding at the End of the World: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and Isla de los Estados

icon date2 Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join Len Sander for an illustrated program of the wildlife and spectacular scenery at the southern tip of South America. Patagonia is a sparsely populated region of mountains, grasslands, deserts, and seacoasts shared by Chile and Argentina. Andean Condors, Darwin’s Rheas, and penguins were highlights along with other birds and animals which inhabit this seldom-visited area. Len Sander is a retired U-M physics professor who is a keen birder photographer and a long-time Ann Arbor birder.

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Upper Peninsula Winter Birding

icon date2 Saturday, January 20, 2018
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icon map marker Eastern U.P., Sault Ste. Marie

Come join the hardy members of WAS on a trip up north for winter specialties on January 20-21, 2018. We'll be venturing around the eastern counties of Michigan's Upper Peninsula looking for Snow Buntings, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Northern Shrikes, Snowy Owls, and other raptors in the open lands as well as Bohemian Waxwings, Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, and Redpolls in the trees. We'll sort through gulls on the St. Mary's River for Iceland, Glaucous, and Black-backed Gulls and then give our necks a break while we scan for waterfowl such as mergansers and Long-tailed Ducks. If there's time and energy, we might also make a dash to Hulbert Bog for Gray Jays and possibly Crossbills. While no bird is guaranteed (except ravens and chickadees), we're sure to see some special species and best of all... we'll be in good company.

If you must be told, this trip probably isn't for you, but dress very warmly and wear proper footwear for walking through snow. Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather... just bad preparation and gear. So bundle up, grab your binoculars/scopes/cameras, and join us as we embrace the hardships and beauty of northern Michigan's winter birds.

We'll depart from the Park-n-Ride lot at Plymouth Road and US 23 in Ann Arbor dark and very early Saturday morning, spend the night near Sault Ste. Marie, and return Sunday afternoon after we lose feeling in our extremities and have picked up as many lifers as we reasonably can. For those of you who like your sleep, there may also be a group that travels on Friday to avoid the early morning Saturday departure. More details to come regarding car pooling, hotels, and meeting times. Contact trip leaders, Taylor Myatt and Bryn Martin, with any questions. People need to book lodging on their own. There are a few options up there, but they may potentially book up. Hope you can join us!

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Birding the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier

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

Join Ben Hack as he shares his experiences birding in the Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula, and Mt. Rainier with 13 other young birders at Camp Cascades, a birding and educational experience for young birders aged 14 to 18. Ben joined 13 other young birders last August. Led by famous birders Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis, and Glen Davis, the group spotted regional highlights, including Tufted Puffin, Sooty Grouse, White-headed Woodpecker, and even Orcas. Ben is a Junior at Pioneer High and has the signal distinction of having recently found the first ever LeConte’s Sparrow in Washtenaw County.

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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

Save the date! 
Saturday, March 3

(Details to come)

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The World of Birds in Stamps

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

Amurthur Ramamurthy presents a fascinating and colorful program on stamps of the world depicting birds. Just as birding is about more than simple listing, stamp collecting opens the door to a vivid world of history, art, and zoology. Dr. Ramamurthy is a native of India and a former professor at Ohio State University. His Washtenaw Audubon program last year on birding in India received rave reviews.

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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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Borneo: Washtenaw Audubon Society International Field Trip

icon date2 Saturday, July 21, 2018
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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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