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Bird Secrets: the Nesting Cycle of Songbirds

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

1505202015PalmWarbler photo WVOX croppedWe bird watchers see snippets of the private lives of birds while they visit us here in Michigan for the serious work of producing young. By visiting the same site repeatedly, a careful observer can often piece together clues to figure out exactly what the birds have been doing behind the bushes. Susan Kielb will take us through the nesting cycle from claiming a territory, to mate selection, nest-building, incubation, and raising the young. She will demonstrate how seemingly disparate observations can be pieced together to map through time the activities that kept your birds so busy all summer. Susan is a retired Ann Arbor science teacher who splits her time between Ann Arbor and the eastern UP. She has longtime interests in nesting and song behavior of passerine birds, and she is currently studying Palm Warblers.


WAS programs are free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Programs are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. Please note: The Matthaei Botanical Gardens charges for parking at the rate of $1.20 an hour, enforced 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Members of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum park for free.