Karen Markey leading an early spring migration trip in Nichols Arboretum. Photo: Mike Sefton

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

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

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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Aug 2, Saturday 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Butterfly Bonanza at Leonard Preserve

Leaders: John Swales, Roger Wykes, and (perhaps) Roger Kuhlman

You will be in for a treat if you are able to participate in this outing, whether you are a novice or experienced with butterflies. Our leaders will be in prime form, having participated in a half dozen butterfly counts in SE Michigan in the preceding weeks. For the fourth straight year, they have decided to lead this outing at the Leonard Preserve, on the northwest edge of Manchester. The Leonard is the largest preserve in the county system, with 259 acres and nearly one mile of River Raisin shoreline. Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking area. The length of the outing will depend on conditions, but it will likely last until about noon.

Directions: From I-94, turn off at M-52 (exit 159) and head south for approximately 10.5 miles. Turn right onto Main Street, then right again on Union Street. The preserve entrance is at the end of Union Street. When the street bears left and turns to gravel you will see the preserve entrance sign. Keep going, and the parking area is on the right.

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.

Sep 6, Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fall Migrants at Hudson Mills

Leader: Karen Markey

This outing will be co-sponsored by the Oakland Audubon Society. More information will be provided soon.

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