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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, April 27, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 02, 2017
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

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.

Meet at 6:00 PM at the Miller Road Park & Ride (at Miller and M-14). Group departure from the parking 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

icon date2 Thursday, May 04, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 07, 2017
icon timer 07:30am
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 7:30 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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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 09, 2017
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

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.

Meet at 6:00 PM at the Miller Road Park & Ride (at Miller and M-14). Group departure from the parking 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

icon date2 Thursday, May 11, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 13, 2017
icon timer 
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

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 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 on May 13, and report their bird sightings to eBird and their township area leaders. We will have information about how to share your eBird lists with the Washtenaw Audubon Society eBird account. Then, a compiled list will be available for all the birds seen during this 24 hour period. Please check back here for more information about how to participate as the date gets closer.

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Magee Marsh and Metzger Marsh, NW Ohio

icon date2 Sunday, May 14, 2017
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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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 16, 2017
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

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.

Meet at 6:00 PM at the Miller Road Park & Ride (at Miller and M-14). Group departure from the parking 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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From Magnificent to Montezuma: Birding Southeast Arizona

icon date2 Wednesday, May 17, 2017
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Some might say it’s crazy to go to Southeast Arizona in the summer, but it makes perfect sense if you’re a birder. Join Washtenaw Audubon’s young birders Benjamin and Matty Hack as they share the amazing adventures they had at Camp Chiricahua in the summer of 2016. From desert scrub land to the canyons to the Sky Islands, you’ll see the highlights of their birding expeditions. When they are not tracking Buff-collared Nightjars near the Mexican border, Matty is a freshman at Yale and Benjamin is a sophomore at Pioneer High.

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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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, May 18, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 23, 2017
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

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.

Meet at 6:00 PM at the Miller Road Park & Ride (at Miller and M-14). Group departure from the parking 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

icon date2 Thursday, May 25, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 30, 2017
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

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.

Meet at 6:00 PM at the Miller Road Park & Ride (at Miller and M-14). Group departure from the parking 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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Washtenaw Audubon Society 6th International Field Trip: Spain!

icon date2 Tuesday, June 20, 2017
icon timer 
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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