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Minors traveling on Washtenaw Audubon Society field trips without a parent or guardian must bring with them a completed and signed copy of the consent form available by clicking here: Field Trip Permission, Medical Release, and Waiver of Liability (PDF)

In Search of Salamanders at Hudson Mills Metropark

icon date2 Saturday, April 21, 2018
icon timer 10:00am
icon map marker Hudson Mills Metropark

Join leader Edwin Sanchez at Hudson Mills Metropark in search of salamanders. Eddie is an expert on these amphibians and this will be a fun morning turning over rocks and logs to locate some of the six species known to reside in the park. Meet at the parking lot for the River Grove Shelter area located within the park (turn right after the entry kiosk, then your next left into the lot). Expect muddy grounds. In case we end up handling any salamanders, please do not use any soaps, creams, or detergents on your hands for this morning. This fun, hands- on field trip is perfect for little ones, as well. This field trip is free of charge, but a Metroparks Pass is required for admission to the park.

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Bird Walk at SMLC Conservancy Farm

icon date2 Sunday, April 22, 2018
icon timer 09:00am
icon map marker SMLC Conservancy Farm

This trip will explore some of the 99 acres at the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy's Conservancy Farm in Washtenaw County. 

Join Washtenaw Audubon Society for a morning bird hike at the Conservancy Farm. Although peak songbird migration is still a few weeks away, many early migrants have arrived and resident species are scoping out nesting locations. We'll hike over a mile through grassland and woodland habitats, listening and looking for our feathered friends, and also enjoying the spring wildflowers that are in bloom. Hope to see you there!

Leaders: Juliet Berger & David Amamoto

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, April 26, 2018
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 Bird Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens

icon date2 Tuesday, May 01, 2018
icon timer 09:00am
icon map marker Hidden Lake Gardens

Come learn the sights and sounds of birds with naturalist and bird guide, Juliet Berger. Spring is here, and we welcome back many Warbler species nesting at the Gardens, as well as those migrating though. Northern Flicker, Baltimore Oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak will be nesting here. Keep your eyes peeled for the chance to glimpse Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and other spring migrants. Learn the song of our state bird, the American Robin, and many more. Meet at the Hidden Lake Gardens Visitors Center at 9:00 a.m. Binoculars and hiking boots are recommended for this 2-3 hour walk.

Trip Leader: Juliet Berger

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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 01, 2018
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

On May 15 this trip will meet at the Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride.

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 03, 2018
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 Sunday, May 06, 2018
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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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 08, 2018
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

On May 15 this trip will meet at the Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride.

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 10, 2018
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 12, 2018
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 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!

Washtenaw County Coordinator/Compiler: Juliet Berger

Area Leaders (click names for contact details)

 Township Area Leader 
 Scio Tim Gacioch
 Lodi Juliet Berger
 Sharon Dave Borneman
Lima & Freedom John Mills
Manchester Martin Bialecki
Salem & Superior Dan Thiry
York & Augusta Greg Jacks
Dexter, Webster, & Northfield Ellie Shappirio
Pittsfield & Ypsilanti Mike Sefton
Bridgewater & Saline Roger Wykes
Ann Arbor Jessica Adamczyk
Lyndon & Sylvan Matty & Benjamin Hack

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Magee Marsh and Metzger Marsh, NW Ohio

icon date2 Sunday, May 13, 2018
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 15, 2018
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

On May 15 this trip will meet at the Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride.

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 17, 2018
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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Belle Isle Park

icon date2 Sunday, May 20, 2018
icon timer 07:00am
icon map marker Belle Isle Park Nature Center

Belle Isle is the jewel of the Detroit parks system, and in spring migration the woods there can be full of migrating birds. Up to 20 warbler species in a day can be seen, making this nearby locale nearly as good as the more famous hotspots of Magee Marsh and Point Pelee, but without the crowds or hassle of border crossings. Migration should still be going strong in the third week of May, and we'll cover as much of the island as we can looking for flocks of warblers, thrushes, sparrows, and around the perimeter of the island any lingering water birds. Around this time in 2017, a birder found the island's first ever Kirtland's Warbler. Maybe we'll get lucky!

Join us and trip leader Allen Chartier. Meet at the nature center at 7:00 a.m.

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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 22, 2018
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

On May 15 this trip will meet at the Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride.

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 24, 2018
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 29, 2018
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

On May 15 this trip will meet at the Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride.

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 31, 2018
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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Borneo: Washtenaw Audubon Society International Field Trip

icon date2 Saturday, July 21, 2018
icon timer 
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

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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