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Gull Trip to Salem Landfill

icon date2 Saturday, December 02, 2017
icon timer 08:30am
icon map marker Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride

On December 2, 2017, this annual trip is a favorite for hard-core WAS members. Because access to the landfill is restricted, we rent vans for the trip and have to limit the number of participants. First priority goes to Washtenaw Audubon members who have not recently been on this trip. Second priority will be given to Washtenaw Audubon members who have previously attended this trip. Non-members may be placed on a wait list on a first come, first served basis and will be admitted three days before the trip to fill any remaining spots. There are 24 spots available. 

If you are not a member, but want to join, please visit our membership page.

Due to the high cost of renting and fueling large passenger vans, we are asking for a minimum donation of $5 from each participant. This is not required, but will help us offset some of the costs and allow us to continue to provide this trip into the future. Please  give your donation to the trip leader on the day of the trip.

Register for the trip using the form below. Contact the trip leader if you have any questions.

Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the far south end of the Park-n-Ride lot at Plymouth Road and US 23. Please do not be late! We want to be in the vans and driving by 8:45. This trip will take about 4 hours. Please note that the weather for this outing can be extremely cold and that there is usually wind on the heights of the landfill, where participants will be spending most of the time. Dress warmly! (This means dress for temperatures at least ten degrees colder than your morning thermometer reading. This is not an active trip where you will be generating heat through movement.)

Leader: Mike Sefton

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71st Ann Arbor Christmas Bird Count

icon date2 Saturday, December 16, 2017
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

NEW: CLICK HERE to sign up online to help with the Christmas Bird Count! This is the preferred way to sign up! [Sign-up form will be made active in November]

The 2017 Ann Arbor Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 17th – as always, sponsored by the Washtenaw Audubon Society. The event brings out both advanced, intermediate, and beginning birders, and it is a wonderful occasion for volunteers new to the area, or birding itself, to meet the local birding community and become part of the Ann Arbor area’s extensive birding network.

Visit the Ann Arbor Christmas Bird Count web page for more information. 

Click HERE for a registration form. [Sign-up form will be made active in November]

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Birding at the End of the World: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and Isla de los Estados

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

Join Len Sander for an illustrated program of the wildlife and spectacular scenery at the southern tip of South America. Patagonia is a sparsely populated region of mountains, grasslands, deserts, and seacoasts shared by Chile and Argentina. Andean Condors, Darwin’s Rheas, and penguins were highlights along with other birds and animals which inhabit this seldom-visited area. Len Sander is a retired U-M physics professor who is a keen birder photographer and a long-time Ann Arbor birder.

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Birds and Wildlife of Ethiopia

icon date2 Wednesday, February 21, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join seasoned traveler and birder Mecquicreuse Desoiseaux for a look at the ecologically diverse nation of Ethiopia. Though seldom visited by American birders, the country boasts 856 bird species, of which 20 are endemic, and 31 endemic mammals. A lifelong birder, Mecqui is a native of France, and a former birding tour guide for Fictif Bird Tours, S.A.

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The World of Birds in Stamps

icon date2 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Amurthur Ramamurthy presents a fascinating and colorful program on stamps of the world depicting birds. Just as birding is about more than simple listing, stamp collecting opens the door to a vivid world of history, art, and zoology. Dr. Ramamurthy is a native of India and a former professor at Ohio State University. His Washtenaw Audubon program last year on birding in India received rave reviews.

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Birding the Puget Sound and Mt. Ranier

icon date2 Wednesday, April 18, 2018
icon timer 07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join Ben Hack as he shares his experiences birding in the Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula, and Mt. Ranier with 13 other young birders at Camp Cascades, a birding and educational experience for young birders aged 14 to 18. Ben joined 13 other young birders last August. Led by famous birders Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis, and Glen Davis, the group spotted regional highlights, including Tufted Puffin, Sooty Grouse, White-headed Woodpecker, and even Orcas. Ben is a Junior at Pioneer High and has the signal distinction of having recently found the first ever LeConte’s Sparrow in Washtenaw County.

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