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Michigan Hummingbirds

icon date2 Wednesday, February 20, 2019
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join Allen Chartier for a program on his study of hummingbirds in Michigan and the Great Lakes area. Allen founded the Great Lakes HummerNet in 2001. Sightings of these birds are reported to Allen by volunteers, and Allen also catches and bands birds. Besides Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, the 15 vagrant hummingbird species are also studied. Learn how you can participate in this study, and how to attract and feed hummingbirds. Allen birds all over the world, and conducts seasonal bird banding at various sites in Michigan.

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Surprise/Mystery Trip

icon date2 Sunday, February 24, 2019
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Details for the winter surprise trip will be posted when the date approaches. 

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One-Road Challenge

icon date2 Saturday, March 09, 2019
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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.

March 10 is an optional date if weather or circumstances require a date change. 

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Birding Israel

icon date2 Wednesday, March 20, 2019
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

 

Join Len Sander for a program on birdwatching in Israel. Israel is a heavily travelled migration route for birds moving twice a year between Africa and the Eurasian landmass. Len has photographed many interesting species at Eilat, one of the world’s busiest migration spots, as well as in other habitats in the country. Len Sander is a retired U-M physics professor, birder, and photographer.

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Beginner Birdwatching at Kensington Metropark

icon date2 Saturday, March 23, 2019
icon timer 10:00am
icon map marker Kensington Metropark

Leader: Bryn Martin

Meet at the Kensington Nature Center parking lot for a walk along the trails. Bring a pocket full of sunflower seeds to feed the local chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers. View migrating waterfowl and the Great Blue Heron rookery. We hope to see the resident Sandhill Cranes, newly arriving Red-winged Blackbirds, and Wild Turkeys. In the past we have had Bald Eagles! Suitable for all ages and levels, but this is geared toward novice adults and young birders. Minors should be accompanied by an adult. The field trip is free of charge, but there is an admission fee to the Metropark.

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, March 28, 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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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, April 04, 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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Nichols Arboretum Early Migrants with Karen Markey

icon date2 Sunday, April 07, 2019
icon timer 08:15am
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 11, 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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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, April 18, 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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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