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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)

Shorebirds and Waders at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area

icon date2 Sunday, August 20, 2017
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. 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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Fall Migration Walks in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, August 31, 2017
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 the end of August 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 Migrants at Hudson Mills Metropark

icon date2 Saturday, September 09, 2017
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.

RAIN DATE: If thunderstorms or adverse weather conditions are forecast for Saturday morning, the trip leader will post a message on the Birders mailing list by 6 am on Saturday, postponing the field trip and rescheduling it for the next day, Sun., Sept. 10 at 8 am. To subscribe to the Birders mailing list, visit https://glc-lists.merit.edu/sympa/info/birders

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.

Leader Karen Markey.

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