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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, March 30, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 other plants offer delights of their own. 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 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, April 06, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 other plants offer delights of their own. 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 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Arb Early Migrants

icon date2 Saturday, April 08, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Early springtime walks through the Arb are productive for Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, White-throated sparrows, Winter wrens, Fox sparrows, Ruby- and Golden-crowned kinglets, and Brown creepers. These early birds are joined bythe first warblers -- Yellow-rumped, Pine, Palm, and Orange-crowned. Maybe a Blue-headed vireo will join them. We will wander the Arb's meandering gravel and dirt paths in search of early spring migrants. We will meet at the Riverview entrance to the Arb at 8 AM sharp. Dress appropriately for the weather including coat, gloves, scarf, hat, and sensible footwear. No strollers, dogs, or wagons please. Walk should end between 10:30 and 11 AM.

Leader: Karen Markey

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In Search of Salamanders

icon date2 Sunday, April 09, 2017
icon timer 10:00am
icon map marker Hudson Mills Metropark

Join leader Edwin Sanchez at Hudson Mills Metropark. Eddie is an expert on these amphibians and this will be a fun morning turning over rocks and logs to locate some of the six species known to reside in the park. Meet at the parking lot for the River Grove Shelter area located within the park (turn right after the entry kiosk, then your next left into the lot). Expect muddy grounds. In case we end up handling any salamanders, please do not use any soaps, creams, or detergents on your hands for this morning. This fun, hands-on field trip is perfect for little ones, as well. (10 AM to 1 PM) This field trip is free of charge, but a MetroParks Pass is required for admission to the park.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, April 13, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 other plants offer delights of their own. 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 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Woodcock Walk at Barton Nature Area

icon date2 Saturday, April 15, 2017
icon timer 08:00pm
icon map marker Barton Nature Area

The American Woodcock, is known for its unusual flying pattern during courtship, which can be seen at dawn and dusk in the spring. Park at the Barton Dam lot on Huron River Drive, across the street and slightly north/upriver from Bird Road, and follow the trail around the building to the foot bridge. We will meet right on the other side (the dam side) of the bridge at 8PM. PLEASE NOTE: Do not park in the Barton Nature Area lot on Huron River Drive just after Main Street, or else you will have a LONG walk back to your car in the dark. Please wear good walking shoes and dress warmly. (The temperature will drop quickly at sunset.) Bring a small flashlight to assist you in exiting the park after the program ends. Plan on returning to your car around 9:15 if all goes well.

Leader: Ray Stocking

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Ben Winger: 21st Century Science with 19th Century Specimens: Next Generation Ornithology at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

icon date2 Wednesday, April 19, 2017
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) houses over 200,000 specimens of birds, making it one of the most important ornithological research collections in the world. Many of the specimens were collected almost two centuries ago. Today, technological developments such as genome sequencing enable scientists to use these specimens to unlock secrets of the past as well as make predictions about the future of bird populations. Dr. Winger will discuss several exciting ongoing areas of research that draw insights from the UMMZ’s bird collections. He will also discuss how data from citizen science efforts, such as your contributions to eBird, interface powerfully with historical data from specimens to help us understand migratory birds’ past, present and future.

Ben Winger is Assistant Professor and Curator of Birds in the University of Michigan’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Zoology. Ben hails from northeast Ohio, where he became enthralled with avian migration at an early age while birding along the south shore of Lake Erie. His interest in birds led to a career of scientific research, focused on topics such as the evolution of bird migration and the process of speciation (how new species form). His fieldwork has taken him throughout the Western Hemisphere, particularly the Andes of Peru and Ecuador. He has a B.A. from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, April 20, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 other plants offer delights of their own. 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 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, April 27, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 other plants offer delights of their own. 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 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, May 04, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 other plants offer delights of their own. 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 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Hudson Mills Metropark Migrants

icon date2 Sunday, May 07, 2017
icon timer 07:30am
icon map marker Hudson Mills Metropark

Target birds include cuckoos, woodpeckers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, warblers and tanagers. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Activity Center at 7:30 AM. The trip will last roughly until 11:00 AM. This field trip is free of charge, but a MetroParks Pass is required for admission to the park.

Leader: Karen Markey

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, May 11, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 other plants offer delights of their own. 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 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Washtenaw County May Count

icon date2 Saturday, May 13, 2017
icon timer 
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

With spring finally here, birders’ thoughts turn to spring birding. As you think about the ways you will bird in the county this spring, please consider participating in the Washtenaw County May Count, on International Migratory Bird Day.

Juliet Berger is the Compiler for this informal count. The Compiler divides the county into townships, each of which has an Area Leader. Leaders recruit additional volunteers to count birds throughout their area. For names and contact information for the Compiler and the Area Leaders, visit our website (check back here), and please consider volunteering.

This year, the May Count will be a Washtenaw County only event, as our state wide compilers have retired. All Washtenaw County birders are welcome to bird all or part of the day on May 13, and report their bird sightings to eBird and their township area leaders. We will have information about how to share your eBird lists with the Washtenaw Audubon Society eBird account. Then, a compiled list will be available for all the birds seen during this 24 hour period. Please check back here for more information about how to participate as the date gets closer.

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Magee Marsh and Metzger Marsh, NW Ohio

icon date2 Sunday, May 14, 2017
icon timer 05:50am
icon map marker Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

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. Birders may see more than 100 species. Meet at the park-and-ride lot at Plymouth Road and US 23 at 5:50 AM to arrange carpools for a 6:00 AM sharp departure. Or meet the group at the warbler sign near the boardwalk entrance at Magee Marsh at 8:30 AM. Karen plans to return in the late afternoon, but individual drivers and their carpools may arrange to come back at any time.

Leader: Karen Markey

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, May 18, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 other plants offer delights of their own. 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 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, May 25, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) 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 other plants offer delights of their own. 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 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Washtenaw Audubon Society 6th International Field Trip: Spain!

icon date2 Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

This upcoming June, WAS will be offering its 6th international field trip, this time to the bird-rich European country of Spain. We will spend 10 days (June 20-29, 2017) birding a variety of habitats in search of as many species we can, focusing on the birds unique to this part of the world. We start in the hilly grasslands of central Spain looking for birds such as Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Iberian Magpies, Hoopoes, European Bee-eaters and many others. This region is known for its variety of raptors (3 vulture species, 5 species of eagles, etc…) From here, we travel to a more arid region for 2 species of sandgrouse, many species of larks, Little Owl, Eurasian Wryneck, Black Wheatear, etc… Then, it’s up into the Alps for montane species, such as Choughs, Firecrests, Goldcrests, Lammergeiers, many woodpecker species, Dippers, Crossbills, as well as mammals like the Chamois. The main target of this part of the Alps will be the beautiful and unique Wallcreeper. Lastly, we head down toward the coast, where we will spend time in wetlands with their diversity of species: many species of gull and tern, waders, herons, flamingos, ducks, warblers and more.

The cost will be between $2,450-$2,900 depending upon how many participants sign up. This price includes accommodation, all transportation, guiding, all meals, etc… The only thing not included is the flight to get there.

Should be a great trip. It will be limited to 10 people. Some spots are already taken, so if you are interested please contact us ASAP. If you are interested in joining us or simply getting more specific information, contact the Washtenaw Audubon Field Trip Chair, Bryn Martin (click for contact form). We can send you a detailed itinerary with accommodations we will be using, as well as a trip list of birds we hope to see. Hope you are able to join us!

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