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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 the consent form available by clicking here: Field Trip Permission, Medical Release, and Waiver of Liability (PDF)

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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Weekend 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 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 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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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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