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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)

Belle Isle State Park (with Oakland Audubon Society)

icon date2 Saturday, November 23, 2019
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride

We will once again join forces with Oakland Audubon for this annual trip to Belle Isle. Waterfowl abounds and other species lurk in the woods and along the shore. It will likely be colder than expected at this location, so please dress for the weather. We will scope for birds in the water, look for raptors overhead and end with a hike through the woods. If there is interest, we may go for lunch afterwards. A state park recreation passport is required and can be purchased at Belle Isle for $11.

Navigation options:
7:00 a.m. - Carpool from Plymouth Road Park and Ride
8:00 a.m. - Trip begins from Belle Isle Nature Center

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2019 Gull Trip to Salem Landfill

icon date2 Saturday, December 14, 2019
icon timer 08:30am
icon map marker Plymouth Road Park-n-Ride

On December 14, 2019, 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 22 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 a 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.)


Leaders: Rob French & Mike Sefton

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New Year's Bird Walk at Ford Lake

icon date2 Wednesday, January 01, 2020
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Kick off the new year with a bang of birds! What better way to start 2020 than a brisk bird walk with friends of Washtenaw Audubon Society? Join us as walk around Ford lake as we enjoy winter birding for gulls, geese and other waterfowl. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.

This hotspot is one of the best in the area and is a particularly good winter birding location. An illustrated checklist for expected January birds can be found here

Important: We will meet at the parking lot off of South Grove Street (click for map). Lot is located south of I-94 at the northeast corner of Ford Lake, across from the Citgo Station at the intersection of Service Drive and South Grove St.

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Mystery Trip

icon date2 Saturday, January 11, 2020
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Where will we go? What will we see? Stay tuned as we wait to see how the birds shake out this winter. Perhaps an owl or three? We will see. Details will be announced Wednesday, January 8th. Check back here or our Facebook Page for location, time and details.

Leaders: Matthew Spoor & Special Mystery Guest

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Tour: Museum of Zoology Bird Collection

icon date2 Tuesday, January 21, 2020
icon timer 07:00pm
icon map marker U-M Bird Collection

Join us for a presentation and tour of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology’s Bird Collection. The collection, comprised of 210,000 specimens, is the fifth largest in North America and the second largest at a university. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Ben Winger as our host for the evening. Dr. Winger is the Assistant Professor and Curator of Birds, Museum of Zoology and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He will give a presentation followed by a tour.
Due to the nature of the space, we will be limiting the tour to 30 people. We will limit registrations to Washtenaw Audubon Society members only. If there are any spaces available the week prior to the event, we will open them up to non-members. Visit our Membership page to become a member.

Participants must register using the form below

Navigate to:
Research Museum Center (RMC)
3600 Varsity Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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