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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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Minors traveling on Washtenaw Audubon Society field trips without a parent or guardian must bring with them a completed and signed copy of this consent form:

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FIELD TRIP CALENDAR

 
Sep 21, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Weekend Fall Migration Walk at Nichols Arboretum (PM)

Participants will gather at 1:00 PM at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walk will go until roughly  4:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

 
Sep 25, Thursday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Fall Migration Walks at Nichols Arboretum

Every Thursday morning from August 28 through the end of October, participants will gather at 8:00 at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present that day will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walks go until roughly 11:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
Sep 28, Sunday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekend Fall Migration Walk at Nichols Arboretum (AM)

Participants will gather at 8:00 AM at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walk will go until roughly 11:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

 
Oct 2, Thursday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Fall Migration Walks at Nichols Arboretum

Every Thursday morning from August 28 through the end of October, participants will gather at 8:00 at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present that day will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walks go until roughly 11:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
Oct 4, Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekend Fall Migration Walk at Nichols Arboretum (AM)

Participants will gather at 8:00 AM at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walk will go until roughly  11:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

 
Oct 9, Thursday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Fall Migration Walks at Nichols Arboretum

Every Thursday morning from August 28 through the end of October, participants will gather at 8:00 at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present that day will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walks go until roughly 11:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
Oct 11, Saturday
The Big Sit (Independence Lake County Park)

Leader: Don Chalfant. This a low-key international competition that Don has participated in for the past 15 years. The task is to try to identify by sight or sound as many bird species as possible while remaining in a circle of 17 feet in diameter. For participants other than Don, the timing can be completely flexible. You can arrive before dawn to join in the owling or you can come after breakfast, in the afternoon--whatever works for you. It is also a great outing for those with restricted mobility since everything takes place in a fixed spot. For those staying any significant amount of time, we recommend bringing food and a chair, in addition to your binoculars.

 
Oct 16, Thursday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Fall Migration Walks at Nichols Arboretum

Every Thursday morning from August 28 through the end of October, participants will gather at 8:00 at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present that day will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walks go until roughly 11:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
Oct 18, Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Weekend Fall Migration Walk at Nichols Arboretum (PM)

Participants will gather at 1:00 PM at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walk will go until roughly  4:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

 
Oct 23, Thursday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Fall Migration Walks at Nichols Arboretum

Every Thursday morning from August 28 through the end of October, participants will gather at 8:00 at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present that day will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walks go until roughly 11:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
Oct 30, Thursday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Fall Migration Walks at Nichols Arboretum

Every Thursday morning from August 28 through the end of October, participants will gather at 8:00 at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of Nichols Arboretum. The birders present that day will choose a route or routes and head out in search of migrants, many of which will be in their first-year plumage. Along the way, participants can enjoy marvelous fall scenery and crisp weather. The walks go until roughly 11:00, but anyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires.

Click here for a map of the meeting spot or to get directions to it.

 
Nov 22, Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Belle Isle Park

This annual late fall outing is once again co-sponsored with Oakland Audubon Society. We will be searching for waterfowl, gulls, raptors and other species. Please meet at the Nature Center on the eastern end of the island. Belle Isle is now a state park and a state recreational passport is required.

 
Dec 20, Saturday
68th Christmas Bird Count

Join us for the Christmas Bird Count. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Please click on the Christmas Bird Count tab at the top of this page for more information.

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