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Swift Nights Out

icon date2 Friday, August 17, 2018
icon timer 08:15pm
icon map marker Ann Arbor, Michigan

We are looking for volunteers for our Third Annual Ann Arbor city-wide Chimney Swift count, August 17-19, 2018. Watching Chimney Swifts enter their roosts at dusk is a spectacular sight. Volunteers will choose a known Chimney Swift roosting location and stake it out before dusk, counting the Swifts as they enter the chimney, as darkness falls. You can sign up for one night/one location at a time, or count each night of the weekend. Chimney Swifts are in steep decline across North America, so let's help find out how they are doing in our city. Bring your friends along, to show them how these very cool aerial insectivores share our city with us.

CLICK HERE to sign up for your choice of date and location using SignUpGenius.

Email Juliet Berger with your results after the survey, and post it on eBird if you have an account. 

NOTE: Occasionally the Swifts will not use a particular location on a given night due to a predator such as a Cooper's Hawk, or another issue. In that case, "no Swifts" will still be good information for us!

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Shorebirds and Waders at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area

icon date2 Saturday, August 18, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Pointe Mouillee - Sigler Road Parking Lot

Pointe Mouillee, on Lake Erie near the mouth of the Huron River is one of the premier destinations in the Midwest for viewing shorebirds and waders, but access is limited. Jim Fowler knows this territory as well as anyone and leads several field trips each year at this location. Usually, vehicles are restricted, but for this event, we will be allowed to bring in 4 vehicles. As a result, this trip has limited space and registration is mandatory.

Registration will open on August 1. You will not be able to register until then. To register, please fill out the form below. 

We will not know how many can attend until we know the vehicles that we can fill. Preference will be given to current Washtenaw Audubon members, to people who did not attend this field trip last year and to people who are willing to drive larger vehicles that can accommodate more participants (and are willing to allow others in their vehicle). Once we have your information and know the vehicles available for the trip, we will notify you of your status. Confirmed participants will meet at the Pointe Mouillee SGA parking lot on Sigler Road at 8AM and from there will consolidate into the 4 vehicles. Bring insect repellent, wear a hat and dress for warm weather—there is no shade or shelter at Pointe Mouillee. Bring all of the food and fluids you think you will need to sustain you for approximately five hours of birding.

Leader: Jim Fowler

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Swift Nights Out

icon date2 Saturday, August 18, 2018
icon timer 08:15pm
icon map marker Ann Arbor, Michigan

We are looking for volunteers for our Third Annual Ann Arbor city-wide Chimney Swift count, August 17-19, 2018. Watching Chimney Swifts enter their roosts at dusk is a spectacular sight. Volunteers will choose a known Chimney Swift roosting location and stake it out before dusk, counting the Swifts as they enter the chimney, as darkness falls. You can sign up for one night/one location at a time, or count each night of the weekend. Chimney Swifts are in steep decline across North America, so let's help find out how they are doing in our city. Bring your friends along, to show them how these very cool aerial insectivores share our city with us.

CLICK HERE to sign up for your choice of date and location using SignUpGenius.

Email Juliet Berger with your results after the survey, and post it on eBird if you have an account. 

NOTE: Occasionally the Swifts will not use a particular location on a given night due to a predator such as a Cooper's Hawk, or another issue. In that case, "no Swifts" will still be good information for us!

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Swift Nights Out

icon date2 Sunday, August 19, 2018
icon timer 08:15pm
icon map marker Ann Arbor, Michigan

We are looking for volunteers for our Third Annual Ann Arbor city-wide Chimney Swift count, August 17-19, 2018. Watching Chimney Swifts enter their roosts at dusk is a spectacular sight. Volunteers will choose a known Chimney Swift roosting location and stake it out before dusk, counting the Swifts as they enter the chimney, as darkness falls. You can sign up for one night/one location at a time, or count each night of the weekend. Chimney Swifts are in steep decline across North America, so let's help find out how they are doing in our city. Bring your friends along, to show them how these very cool aerial insectivores share our city with us.

CLICK HERE to sign up for your choice of date and location using SignUpGenius.

Email Juliet Berger with your results after the survey, and post it on eBird if you have an account. 

NOTE: Occasionally the Swifts will not use a particular location on a given night due to a predator such as a Cooper's Hawk, or another issue. In that case, "no Swifts" will still be good information for us!

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Tuesday Evening Shorebirders

icon date2 Tuesday, August 28, 2018
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

Similar to our Tuesday Evening Birders series in May (although this is not a series, but a one-time event), we’ll plan on meeting the Miller Road Park-n-Ride (at Miller and M-14) and spend the evening traveling the county shorebirding hotspots. The trip leaders 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 with multiple stops. Leaders to be announced. Group departure from the meeting site is at 6:15 so do plan to arrive in plenty of time to form up carpools!

Please bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. Dress for weather that will get cooler as sunset approaches. We almost never cancel so it is best to show up at the departure site to see what the plans are. We will bird until sunset. Usually we are well away from our departure site, so it is after sunset when we return to the parking site.

Meet at Miller Rd. Park and Ride at 6:00pm for a 6:15pm departure in carpools.

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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, August 30, 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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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, September 06, 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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Hudson Mills Metropark Migrants

icon date2 Saturday, September 08, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Hudson Mills Metropark

Come to Hudson Mills Metropark for a WAS-sponsored tour of fall migrants. We will meet at 8 am sharp at the flagpole in the front of the Activity Center. If the entry booth is unmanned, you can purchase a $10 daily parking permit from Metropark staff at the Activity Center. We will be searching for fall migrants especially warblers, vireos, cuckoos, and flycatchers. The resident woodpeckers are always fun too.

Please wear appropriate footwear for dewy, wet, grassy and gravel trails, and bring insect repellent. No pets are allowed on the nature trails. Please, no strollers either.

Rain date is Sunday, September 9.

Leader: Karen Markey.

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Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation walk to Mary Beth Doyle Park

icon date2 Sunday, September 09, 2018
icon timer 05:00pm
icon map marker Mary Beth Doyle Park

On this walk hosted by the Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation, and led by Juliet Berger, NAP Ornithologist, we hope to view migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Mary Beth Doyle park is one of the most accessible shorebirding spots, located right in the heart of Ann Arbor, and regularly hosts a wave of shorebird migrants in late summer into autumn. Bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. Meet us in the parking lot at the end of Birch Hollow Drive. 

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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, September 13, 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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Hawkfest at Lake Erie Metropark

icon date2 Saturday, September 15, 2018
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icon map marker Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride

Time: TBD

Please join Washtenaw Audubon in attending Hawkfest at Lake Erie Metropark on Saturday, September 15. Hawkfest is an event for the whole family focusing on birds of prey (eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls) and the annual fall hawk migration over Lake Erie Metropark. There will be games, crafts, guest speakers, and fun. Live birds of prey will be on hand! Participants will meet at the Plymouth Road park & ride and carpool to the event and can stay for the full day’s festival activities. The time of the meet-up is still to be determined, and will be announced here.This field trip is free of charge, but a Metroparks Pass is required for admission to the park.

Carpool meet-up at the Plymouth Road Park n’ Ride. 

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Saline River Preserve

icon date2 Sunday, September 16, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Saline River Preserve

Explore the new Leslee Niethammer Saline River Preserve! Join us September 16 to explore the newly opened Leslee Niethammer Saline River Preserve. Owned by York Township and maintained by the Friends of the Saline River, the 17.4-acre preserve includes meadows and trails along the river. This will be Washtenaw Audubon’s first field trip to this preserve - come help us explore a new gem!

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Birds, Beasts, and Beliefs....Incredible India!

icon date2 Wednesday, September 19, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Cathy Theisen takes us along on a photo journey from southern India's Nagarhole National Park north to Binsar Forest Reserve, near the Nepali border. In the hot dry season just before the monsoons arrive, predator and prey mix together along any river or waterhole edge, allowing for extended sightings and behavioral study. Bengal tigers, Hornbills, Asian Elephants, Treepies, Minivets, Fantails, Barbets, Laughingthrushes, and Painted Spurfowl are just some of the myriad species spread across this fantastic landscape. From lush green deciduous forest in the south, to rugged, arid landscapes in the northwest, to the mystical ancient rhododendron forests of the Himalayan foothills, this tour covers it all.

Cathy Theisen, DVM, is a veterinarian in the Ann Arbor area, and teaches veterinary technology at Baker College in Jackson.

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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, September 20, 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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Farmington Swift Night Out Festival

icon date2 Saturday, September 22, 2018
icon timer 05:15pm
icon map marker Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride

Hosted by our friends at Detroit Audubon, we will be carpooling to the annual Swift Night Out festival at the Swift Sanctuary and Historic Winery in Farmington, MI. Join us to watch this spectacular show as up to 50,000 Chimney Swifts swirl around and down into this historic winery–THE largest roost of Chimney Swifts in North America! For those not wishing to join the carpool, you can meet us at the event at 31505 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336.
This event is free, but Detroit Audubon requests you RSVP to reserve your ticket.

Time: Please arrive at 5:15pm at the carpool meet-up, for a 5:30pm departure. The festival runs from 6:00pm until just after sunset. 

Carpool meet-up at the Plymouth Road Park & Ride.

Click HERE to RSVP.

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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, September 27, 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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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Sunday, September 30, 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 04, 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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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Sunday, October 07, 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 11, 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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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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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Sunday, October 14, 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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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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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 Sunday, October 21, 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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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Sunday, October 28, 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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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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