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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)

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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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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Borneo: Washtenaw Audubon Society International Field Trip

icon date2 Saturday, July 21, 2018
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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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