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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.

Like Father, Like Son: The Autobiography of a Birder

icon date2 Wednesday, May 16, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Ray Stocking shares the story of his unusual introduction to bird watching some 25 years ago. During his senior year in college, with very little birding experience and no binoculars, Ray's father, Jerome Stocking, asked Ray to join him in an overnight birding trip. This was the trip that would alter Ray’s world forever, during which he discovered the one bird that changed his life. Ray’s presentation includes 25 years of father-and-son birding, some of their hundreds of life birds, travels near and far, and the day when the father and the son reversed their roles.

Ray Stocking is the current Board Chair for Michigan Audubon and a past president of the Washtenaw Audubon Society. Ray helped develop birding programs for the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad, which continues to inspire young grade school students on the joys of our feathered friends. Ray resides in Ann Arbor with his wife and their two teenage children.

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Dolph Park, Ann Arbor’s Other Birding Hotspot

icon date2 Wednesday, June 20, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join the inimitable Don Chalfant for a program on one of Ann Arbor’s best birding spots. A west side park with some of the same attributes as the University of Michigan Arboretum, but with the advantage that it can be birded in less than an hour, Dolph has lakes, rolling hills, a marsh, and varied tree and plant life, which draws a good variety of spring migrants. Don Chalfant has birded Dolph for many years, and found the first Washtenaw County record of the rare Kirtland’s Warbler there a few years ago. Don is a retired Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher who lives and birds in Ann Arbor, and annually migrates to his winter home in Florida.

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