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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)

Fall Migration Walks in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, October 17, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Every Thursday morning through October 31, participants will gather at 8:00 a.m. at the end of Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of the Arboretum to observe fall migration at the Arb. The assembled birders will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. 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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October Big Day beginning at Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Saturday, October 19, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Global Big Day has become a May tradition for tens of thousands of eBirders: 24 hours to put your favorite park/county/state/province country/continent on the global birding stage. Last year eBird couldn’t wait a full year between Global Big Days, and October Big Day was born. On 19 October, October Big Day is back! Can we beat last year’s total species count of 6,331 globally, 634 USA, 187 Michigan and 76 in Washtenaw county on a single October day? We will kick things off with a nice walk at Nichols Arboretum at 8:00 a.m. until around 11:00 a.m. Afterwards, for those that would like to continue the Big Day, we will decide where to go from there. Navigate to the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview Drive (off Geddes Ave near the east end of Dow Field).

Leaders: Juliet Berger & Matthew Spoor

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Fall Migration Walks in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, October 24, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Every Thursday morning through October 31, participants will gather at 8:00 a.m. at the end of Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of the Arboretum to observe fall migration at the Arb. The assembled birders will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. 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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Hawk Watch at Lake Erie Metropark Boat Launch

icon date2 Saturday, October 26, 2019
icon timer 10:00am
icon map marker Lake Erie Metropark

During the autumn months, the lower Detroit River becomes a corridor for the passage of migratory birds, and has gained international recognition for the annual volume of birds of prey. Hundreds of thousands of migrating hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures are concentrated at this location where it is possible to systematically count them each year. A standardized monitoring program is conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR) and its friends group, the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance (IWRA) at the Lake Erie Metropark in Gibraltar, MI. Join us and witness spectacular flights of Broad-winged Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Goshawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles. We will carpool from the Park & Ride at exit 175 on I-94 and Ann Arbor-Saline Road where we will depart at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Alternatively, you can navigate directly to the boat launch at Lake Erie Metropark where we will meet at 10:00 a.m.

Leader: Matthew Spoor

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Fall Migration Walks in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, October 31, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Every Thursday morning through October 31, participants will gather at 8:00 a.m. at the end of Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of the Arboretum to observe fall migration at the Arb. The assembled birders will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. 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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Volunteer Stewardship Day at Searles Nature Preserve

icon date2 Saturday, November 02, 2019
icon timer 09:00am
icon map marker Searles Nature Preserve

Come join Washtenaw Audubon’s volunteer stewardship crew as we care for our Searles Nature Preserve. This natural gem in Augusta Township gives nature lovers a quiet place to visit and enjoy a secluded hike. We’ll be focusing on maintaining trails and clearing invasive shrubs at this event, so please bring saws, loppers, pruning shears, and any other tools that may be helpful for clearing brush. If you don't have any of these tools, don’t worry, we’ll have extra. Dress for the weather. Park along Bolla Rd., approximately 1/4 mile west of Stony Creek Rd. in Augusta Twp. Hope to see you there!

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Weekend Walk for Birds at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

icon date2 Saturday, November 09, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join us as we explore one of Washtenaw county’s top birding hotspots with nearly 150 species reported this year. We will enjoy the autumn scenery and fall birds with the beautiful backdrop of the gardens at Matthaei. The gardens are located at 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. We will meet in the parking lot in front of the gift shop. There is no fee to enter the gardens, but parking is $1.80 per hour with $5.00 maximum.

Leader: Matthew Spoor

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Weekend Walk for Birds at Barton Nature Area

icon date2 Sunday, November 17, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Barton Nature Area

Please join us for a wonderful water walk around Barton Pond and surrounding woods. Expect a nice variety of birds including waterfowl, passerines and raptors if conditions are right. We will meet in the Barton Nature Area parking lot off of West Huron River Drive just north of Bird Road.

Leader: Juliet Berger

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Belle Isle State Park (with Oakland Audubon Society)

icon date2 Saturday, November 23, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

We will once again join forces with Oakland Audubon for this annual trip to Belle Isle. Waterfowl abounds and other species lurk in the woods and along the shore. Meet in the parking lot at the Nature Center on the east end of the island at 8:00 a.m. It can be very cold there, so please dress for the weather. We will scope for birds in the water and end with a hike through the woods. If there is interest, we may go somewhere for lunch afterwards. A state park recreation passport is required and can be purchased at Belle Isle for $11. We will likely carpool for this event with those that already have a pass. Check back here and/or the WAS Facebook page for details as we get closer.

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