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Searching the trees for warblers on our Thursday Morning Arb walks. By Mike Sefton

Point Mouillee field trip participants search for shorebirds. By Mike Sefton

Dan Sparks-Jackson leading a January trip. Photo by Nat Siddall.

Enjoying the new observation platform at Trinkle Marsh Preserve (Jan. 2013). Photo by Nat Siddall

Discussing gull i.d. on our annual landfill trip. By Mike Sefton.

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FIELD TRIP CALENDAR

 
Apr 24, Thursday 8:00 AM
Thursday Spring Migration Walks

Join us on Thursday mornings in April and 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 plants offer delights of their own.

This season's walks will start on April 3 and go through May 29. 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, but participants can leave whenever they prefer. Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
Apr 27, Sunday 4:00 PM
Weekend Arb Walk

Washtenaw Audubon sponsors leaderless walks on Thursday mornings at Nichols Arboretum throughout the main weeks of both spring and fall migration. But because of work and school schedules, many people who would like to participate in these walks cannot. So a couple of years ago we began holding these leaderless Arb walks during both spring and fall migration.

Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 4:00 p.m (note that this is an afternoon event). Click here to map the location and get directions to the meeting spot.

 
May 1, Thursday 8:00 AM
Thursday Spring Migration Walks

Join us on Thursday mornings in April and 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 plants offer delights of their own.

This season's walks will start on April 3 and go through May 29. 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, but participants can leave whenever they prefer. Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
May 4, Sunday 8:00 AM
Weekend Arb Walk

Washtenaw Audubon sponsors leaderless walks on Thursday mornings at Nichols Arboretum throughout the main weeks of both spring and fall migration. But because of work and school schedules, many people who would like to participate in these walks cannot. So a couple of years ago we began holding these leaderless Arb walks during both spring and fall migration.

Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m. Click here to map the location and get directions to the meeting spot.

 
May 6, Tuesday 6:00 PM
Tuesday Evening Birders

Leaders: Dea Armstrong, Mike Sefton, and others

Dea and Mike will take turns leading and co-leading these popular outings along with other top birders. They 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, typically with multiple stops. Meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Miller Road/M-14 park-and-ride lot, where everyone will consolidate into fewer vehicles and prepare for a 6:15 sharp departure.

Click here for Google map of location and to get directions. These outings will end at dusk.

PLEASE NOTE: Since these are carpool outings, anyone under 18 who is not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian will need to have a completed parental consent form to participate. If this applies to you or your child, please download the form from the right column of our field trip page and bring the completed, signed form to submit when the child is dropped off.

 
May 8, Thursday 8:00 AM
Thursday Spring Migration Walks

Join us on Thursday mornings in April and 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 plants offer delights of their own.

This season's walks will start on April 3 and go through May 29. 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, but participants can leave whenever they prefer. Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
May 10, Saturday
International Migratory Bird Count

Washtenaw County organizer/compiler: Juliet Berger (juliet.berger@gmail.com; 734-604-1476)

This event, also referred to as "May Count," takes place every year on the second Saturday in May. Participation in this international event mainly occurs at the local level. Washtenaw County has often been the Michigan leader in number of species counted, and is usually the state leader in the number of participants counting. The compiler divides the county up into sections, most consisting of two townships, and each section has a leader. (Here is a map of Washtenaw County townships.) This will be Juliet's first year organizing the count; she takes over from Roger Wykes, who handled that task for many years.

Here is a list of the sections with their leaders and each leader's contact information:

Sylvan and Lyndon Townships: Leader TBD

Sharon Twp: Dave Borneman (burnguy1@yahoo.com; 734-276-9372)

Manchester Twp: Martin Bialecki (kilnfired@gmail.com; 517-592-3575)

Dexter, Webster, and Northfield Twps; Ellie Shappirio (eshap@umich.edu)

Lima and Freedom Twps: John Swales (jmswales@umich.edu)

Bridgewater and Saline Twps: Roger Wykes (734-769-6482)

Scio and Lodi Twps: Dea Armstrong (ddarm@umich.edu)

Ann Arbor Twp: Leader TBD

Superior and Salem Twps: Dan Thiry (avianscout@aol.com; 248-634-0564)

Pittsfield and Ypsilanti Twps: Mike Sefton (mseft@yahoo.com)

York and Augusta Twps; Section Leader: John Farmer (ajf-jlf@sbcglobal.net; 734-439-1297)

PLEASE NOTE: This event is NOT just for expert birders. It is in fact a great way for less experienced birders who are willing to help with driving or with taking notes to learn from others with more advanced skills.

 
May 11, Sunday 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Hudson Mills Metropark

Leader: Karen Markey

Both advanced and novice birders will enjoy this trip. Target birds include cuckoos, woodpeckers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, warblers, and tanagers. Click here for location and directions to Hudson Mills. Unless you have a Huron-Clinton Metroparks annual sticker, there is a vehicle fee to enter. A map of the park can be found here.  Meet at the flagpole in front of the Activity Center. The trip will last roughly until 11:00, but those who need to leave earlier can do so.

 
May 13, Tuesday 6:00 PM
Tuesday Evening Birders

Leaders: Dea Armstrong, Mike Sefton, and others

Dea and Mike will take turns leading and co-leading these popular outings along with other top birders. They 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, typically with multiple stops. Meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Miller Road/M-14 park-and-ride lot, where everyone will consolidate into fewer vehicles and prepare for a 6:15 sharp departure.

Click here for Google map of location and to get directions. These outings will end at dusk.

PLEASE NOTE: Since these are carpool outings, anyone under 18 who is not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian will need to have a completed parental consent form to participate. If this applies to you or your child, please download the form from the right column of our field trip page and bring the completed, signed form to submit when the child is dropped off.

 
May 15, Thursday 8:00 AM
Thursday Spring Migration Walks

Join us on Thursday mornings in April and 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 plants offer delights of their own.

This season's walks will start on April 3 and go through May 29. 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, but participants can leave whenever they prefer. Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
May 17, Saturday 8:00 AM
Weekend Arb Walk

Washtenaw Audubon sponsors leaderless walks on Thursday mornings at Nichols Arboretum throughout the main weeks of both spring and fall migration. But because of work and school schedules, many people who would like to participate in these walks cannot. So a couple of years ago we began holding these leaderless Arb walks during both spring and fall migration.

Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m. Click here to map the location and get directions to the meeting spot.

 
May 18, Sunday 5:50 AM - 5:00 PM
Magee Marsh and Metzger Marsh, NW Ohio

Leader: Karen Markey

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 during spring migration. On a good spring day there birders can see more than 100 species. Most of the day will be spent there, but the group will go to nearby Metzger Marsh beforehand and possibly on the way back to Ann Arbor as well.

Meet at the park-and-ride lot at Plymouth Road and US 23 in northeast Ann Arbor at 5:50 a.m. to arrange carpools for a 6:00 sharp departure. Alternatively, you can meet Karen and the rest of the group at the warbler sign near the boardwalk entrance at Magee Marsh at 8:30 a.m. Karen plans to return in late afternoon, but individual drivers and their carpools may arrange to come back sooner. Bring a hat, insect repellent, lunch, and plenty of water or fluids for hydration. There is no food or drink for sale there.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a carpool event, and anyone under 18 who is not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian will need to have a completed parental consent form to participate. If this applies to you or your child, please download the form from the right column of our field trip page and bring the completed, signed form to submit when the child is dropped off.

 
May 20, Tuesday 6:00 PM
Tuesday Evening Birders

Leaders: Dea Armstrong, Mike Sefton, and others

Dea and Mike will take turns leading and co-leading these popular outings along with other top birders. They 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, typically with multiple stops. Meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Miller Road/M-14 park-and-ride lot, where everyone will consolidate into fewer vehicles and prepare for a 6:15 sharp departure.

Click here for Google map of location and to get directions. These outings will end at dusk.

PLEASE NOTE: Since these are carpool outings, anyone under 18 who is not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian will need to have a completed parental consent form to participate. If this applies to you or your child, please download the form from the right column of our field trip page and bring the completed, signed form to submit when the child is dropped off.

 
May 22, Thursday 8:00 AM
Thursday Spring Migration Walks

Join us on Thursday mornings in April and 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 plants offer delights of their own.

This season's walks will start on April 3 and go through May 29. 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, but participants can leave whenever they prefer. Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
May 27, Tuesday 6:00 PM
Tuesday Evening Birders

Leaders: Dea Armstrong, Mike Sefton, and others

Dea and Mike will take turns leading and co-leading these popular outings along with other top birders. They 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, typically with multiple stops. Meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Miller Road/M-14 park-and-ride lot, where everyone will consolidate into fewer vehicles and prepare for a 6:15 sharp departure.

Click here for Google map of location and to get directions. These outings will end at dusk.

PLEASE NOTE: Since these are carpool outings, anyone under 18 who is not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian will need to have a completed parental consent form to participate. If this applies to you or your child, please download the form from the right column of our field trip page and bring the completed, signed form to submit when the child is dropped off.

 
May 29, Thursday 8:00 AM
Thursday Spring Migration Walks

Join us on Thursday mornings in April and 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 plants offer delights of their own.

This season's walks will start on April 3 and go through May 29. 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, but participants can leave whenever they prefer. Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
Jun 15, Sunday 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Stinchfield Woods Annual Census

Leaders: Karen Markey and Rachelle Sterling

Stinchfield Woods is 777 acres of conifer plantations and stands of native hardwoods--mostly oaks and hickories. This census on this property typically yields species such as Pine and Black-throated Green Warblers, Solitary Vireos, and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Also heard or seen are Wild Turkeys, Hooded Warblers, Ovenbirds, and Acadian Flycatchers. Taking part in this bird count is a great way to observe migration into June, when many other sites in the county have already seen most of their migrants come and go.

The count starts at 7:00 a.m. Participants will assemble at the top of the hill near the caretaker's house and the observatory, and divide into groups. After hiking the trails and recording observations, everyone will reassemble late in the morning to compile a list of all birds seen or heard. NOTE: If you are interested in participating, please contact Rachelle at rachelle.sst@gmail.com to sign up.

Stinchfield Woods is north of Dexter. Go north on Dexter-Pinckney Road, and about 1.5 miles north of North Territorial Road, you will come to Stinchfield Woods Road. Turn left (west) onto Stinchfield Woods Road and drive about 1 mile to the north entrance of Stinchfield Woods. Turn left (south) into Stinchfield Woods and drive up the hill and bear to your right toward the top of the hill. Bring insect repellant and dress appropriately.

 
Jun 20, Friday -- Jun 29, Sunday
International Field Trip to Borneo

WE REGRET THAT THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED. WE DID NOT END UP WITH ENOUGH PARTICIPANTS FOR IT TO BE FEASIBLE.

 
Aug 16, Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Migrating Shorebirds and Waders at Pointe Mouillee SGA

Leader: Jim Fowler

Pointe Mouillee, on Lake Erie near the mouth of the Huron River, is one of the best destinations in the Midwest for viewing shorebirds and waders, but vehicular access is limited. Jim Fowler knows this territory through and through and leads several field trips each year at this location.

PLEASE NOTE: This trip has limited space, and registration is mandatory. Priority will be given to members of Washtenaw Audubon and to people who did not get to go last year. To register, send your name(s) and a contact phone number to fieldtripsATwashtenawaudubon.org. Registered participants will meet at Pointe Mouillee at 8:00 a.m., and from there will consolidate into four vehicles. Because of the restricted access, it is necessary to attend the entire outing. Participants should bring insect repellent, wear a hat, and dress for warm weather--there is no shade or shelter at Pointe Mouillee. Bring all the food and fluids you think you will need to sustain you for approximately five hours of birding. Further details will be sent to registered participants shortly before the event.

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