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The 2018 Big Sit

icon date2 Saturday, October 13, 2018
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icon map marker Independence Lake County Park

This is a low-key international competition that our leader, Don Chalfant, has participated in for the past 16 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 for any significant amount of time, we recommend bringing food and a chair, in addition to your binoculars.

Rain date is October 14th. If bad weather is projected, be sure to check the Washtenaw Audubon facebook page. This decision will be made by 4AM.

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Birding Borneo

icon date2 Wednesday, October 17, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join Bryn Martin for yet another fabulous Washtenaw Audubon international field trip, to Borneo, the third largest island in the world, and home to one of Earth’s oldest rainforests. With 688 species of birds, including 59 endemics, and such interesting mammals as Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey, and Bornean Gibbon, expect great diversity in wildlife.

Bryn Martin is an avid international birder, Washtenaw Audubon’s field trip coordinator, and teaches high school in Livonia.

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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, October 18, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Please consider attending one of these popular, leaderless walks to observe fall migration at the Arb. Every Thursday morning from August 30 through the end of October, participants will gather at 8AM at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of the Arboretum. 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. Along the way, participants can enjoy fall scenery and crisp air. The walks go until roughly 11AM, but everyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires. These walks are a great, low-key way to get started in birdwatching. All are welcome; it is not necessary to be a member of Washtenaw Audubon.

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Weekend Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Saturday, October 20, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Please consider attending one of our popular weekend walks to observe fall migration at the Arb. Gather at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of the arboretum. 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. Along the way, participants can enjoy fall scenery and crisp air. The walks last approximately 2 hours, but everyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires. These walks are a great, low-key way to get started in birdwatching. All are welcome; it is not necessary to be a member of Washtenaw Audubon.

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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, October 25, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Please consider attending one of these popular, leaderless walks to observe fall migration at the Arb. Every Thursday morning from August 30 through the end of October, participants will gather at 8AM at the end of the Riverview Drive cul-de-sac (off Geddes Road) near the eastern edge of the Arboretum. 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. Along the way, participants can enjoy fall scenery and crisp air. The walks go until roughly 11AM, but everyone can join or leave the group as his or her schedule requires. These walks are a great, low-key way to get started in birdwatching. All are welcome; it is not necessary to be a member of Washtenaw Audubon.

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South Africa: Birds and Game

icon date2 Wednesday, November 14, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

South Africa is a vast and diverse land with 840+ bird species of which 164 are endemics, with hundreds of mammals as well. More importantly, birds and mammals are easy to find and observe. A 23 day visit gave me the opportunity to find 450+ bird species and almost 50 mammals, including the big five. For this we visited all the key South African habitats: fynbos around the Cape and the dry Karoo on the West. Also, we took a pelagic trip to the rich waters where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. On the East we started with the spectacular mountains of the Drakensberg and visited the kingdom of Lesotho. Finally, we visited the tropical coast in Zululand, the Wakkerstroom grasslands, and Kruger's raptor and mammal-rich savannas.

Rodolfo Palma is a native of Chile and settled in the USA after getting his Ph.D. in engineering in the 1980s. In the early 2000s, after borrowing binoculars from a local park ranger and attending a Washtenaw Audubon event, Rodolfo got hooked and has been birding ever since. He has birded in 16 countries and his birds photographed list approaches 2500 species, even though Rodolfo still considers himself a beginner birder, saying you do not have to be a Michael Jordan to like basketball, the same applies to birding.

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Belle Isle with Oakland Audubon

icon date2 Saturday, November 17, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Belle Isle Park Nature Center

We will once again be joining up with Oakland Audubon Society for this annual trip to Belle Isle. Waterfowl abounds and other species lurk in the woods and along the shore. Please meet in the parking lot at the Nature Center on the east end of the island at 8 AM. Dress for the weather. It can be very cold there with the wind whipping off of the river. We will scope for birds in the water and end with a hike through the woods. We should be done by noon. If there is interest, we may go somewhere for lunch afterwards. A state park recreation passport is required.

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