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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)

Butterfly Field Trip [updated with location]

icon date2 Saturday, July 27, 2019
icon timer 10:00am
icon map marker Greenview Park

Updated with location (Greenview Park) on 7-18-2019.

Please join Washtenaw Audubon Society to search for some of the beautiful butterflies that make this area their home. This field trip is great for all levels of interest, including those who know nothing (yet) about these little gems. At a time of year that is typically slow for birding, it is perfect for insects. Join butterfly experts Roger Wykes, John Swales and Roger Kuhlman. Please dress appropriately for the weather, hydrate, and protect yourself from the sun and heat appropriately. Plan on being out for a few hours. Look forward to seeing you there!

Leaders: Roger Wykes, John Swales, Roger Kuhlman

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Swift Nights Out

icon date2 Friday, August 16, 2019
icon timer 08:15pm
icon map marker Ann Arbor, Michigan

We are looking for volunteers for our Fourth Annual Ann Arbor city-wide Chimney Swift count, August 16-18, 2019. 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.

We will post a link to SignupGenius site when we get closer to the event. This will allow you to sign up for a specific site and date. 

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 Saturday, August 17, 2019
icon timer 08:15pm
icon map marker Ann Arbor, Michigan

We are looking for volunteers for our Fourth Annual Ann Arbor city-wide Chimney Swift count, August 16-18, 2019. 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.

We will post a link to SignupGenius site when we get closer to the event. This will allow you to sign up for a specific site and date. 

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 18, 2019
icon timer 08:15pm
icon map marker Ann Arbor, Michigan

We are looking for volunteers for our Fourth Annual Ann Arbor city-wide Chimney Swift count, August 16-18, 2019. 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.

We will post a link to SignupGenius site when we get closer to the event. This will allow you to sign up for a specific site and date. 

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 24, 2019
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 5

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 Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, August 29, 2019
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 29 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 05, 2019
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 29 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 07, 2019
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 8.

Leader: Karen Markey.

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Fall Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, September 12, 2019
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 29 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 19, 2019
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 29 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 26, 2019
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 29 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 03, 2019
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 29 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 10, 2019
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 29 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 17, 2019
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 29 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 24, 2019
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 29 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 31, 2019
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 29 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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