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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)

Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, March 30, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, April 06, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Arb Early Migrants

icon date2 Saturday, April 08, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Early springtime walks through the Arb are productive for Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, White-throated sparrows, Winter wrens, Fox sparrows, Ruby- and Golden-crowned kinglets, and Brown creepers. These early birds are joined bythe first warblers -- Yellow-rumped, Pine, Palm, and Orange-crowned. Maybe a Blue-headed vireo will join them. We will wander the Arb's meandering gravel and dirt paths in search of early spring migrants. We will meet at the Riverview entrance to the Arb at 8 AM sharp. Dress appropriately for the weather including coat, gloves, scarf, hat, and sensible footwear. No strollers, dogs, or wagons please. Walk should end between 10:30 and 11 AM.

Leader: Karen Markey

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In Search of Salamanders

icon date2 Sunday, April 09, 2017
icon timer 10:00am
icon map marker Hudson Mills Metropark

Join leader Edwin Sanchez at Hudson Mills Metropark. Eddie is an expert on these amphibians and this will be a fun morning turning over rocks and logs to locate some of the six species known to reside in the park. Meet at the parking lot for the River Grove Shelter area located within the park (turn right after the entry kiosk, then your next left into the lot). Expect muddy grounds. In case we end up handling any salamanders, please do not use any soaps, creams, or detergents on your hands for this morning. This fun, hands-on field trip is perfect for little ones, as well. (10 AM to 1 PM) This field trip is free of charge, but a MetroParks Pass is required for admission to the park.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, April 13, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Woodcock Walk at Barton Nature Area

icon date2 Saturday, April 15, 2017
icon timer 08:00pm
icon map marker Barton Nature Area

The American Woodcock, is known for its unusual flying pattern during courtship, which can be seen at dawn and dusk in the spring. Park at the Barton Dam lot on Huron River Drive, across the street and slightly north/upriver from Bird Road, and follow the trail around the building to the foot bridge. We will meet right on the other side (the dam side) of the bridge at 8PM. PLEASE NOTE: Do not park in the Barton Nature Area lot on Huron River Drive just after Main Street, or else you will have a LONG walk back to your car in the dark. Please wear good walking shoes and dress warmly. (The temperature will drop quickly at sunset.) Bring a small flashlight to assist you in exiting the park after the program ends. Plan on returning to your car around 9:15 if all goes well.

Leader: Ray Stocking

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, April 20, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, April 27, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, May 04, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Hudson Mills Metropark Migrants

icon date2 Sunday, May 07, 2017
icon timer 07:30am
icon map marker Hudson Mills Metropark

Target birds include cuckoos, woodpeckers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, warblers and tanagers. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Activity Center at 7:30 AM. The trip will last roughly until 11:00 AM. This field trip is free of charge, but a MetroParks Pass is required for admission to the park.

Leader: Karen Markey

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, May 11, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Magee Marsh and Metzger Marsh, NW Ohio

icon date2 Sunday, May 14, 2017
icon timer 05:50am
icon map marker Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Magee Marsh is an internationally renowned migrant trap where birds stop to refuel before their long flight across Lake Erie. Warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, and thrushes are just some of the many types of birds you can see there. Birders may see more than 100 species. Meet at the park-and-ride lot at Plymouth Road and US 23 at 5:50 AM to arrange carpools for a 6:00 AM sharp departure. Or meet the group at the warbler sign near the boardwalk entrance at Magee Marsh at 8:30 AM. Karen plans to return in the late afternoon, but individual drivers and their carpools may arrange to come back at any time.

Leader: Karen Markey

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, May 18, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Spring Migration Walks

icon date2 Thursday, May 25, 2017
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday morning, March 30, and Thursday mornings in April and May (April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25) at Nichols Arboretum to observe migrants making their way north. These leaderless walks are a great opportunity to join with other birders of all skill levels. In addition to the birds, the Arb’s trees and other plants offer delights of their own. Park and meet at the Riverview Court cul-de-sac off Geddes Road at 8:00 a.m.; the walks will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Washtenaw Audubon Society 6th International Field Trip: Spain!

icon date2 Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

This upcoming June, WAS will be offering its 6th international field trip, this time to the bird-rich European country of Spain. We will spend 10 days (June 20-29, 2017) birding a variety of habitats in search of as many species we can, focusing on the birds unique to this part of the world. We start in the hilly grasslands of central Spain looking for birds such as Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Iberian Magpies, Hoopoes, European Bee-eaters and many others. This region is known for its variety of raptors (3 vulture species, 5 species of eagles, etc…) From here, we travel to a more arid region for 2 species of sandgrouse, many species of larks, Little Owl, Eurasian Wryneck, Black Wheatear, etc… Then, it’s up into the Alps for montane species, such as Choughs, Firecrests, Goldcrests, Lammergeiers, many woodpecker species, Dippers, Crossbills, as well as mammals like the Chamois. The main target of this part of the Alps will be the beautiful and unique Wallcreeper. Lastly, we head down toward the coast, where we will spend time in wetlands with their diversity of species: many species of gull and tern, waders, herons, flamingos, ducks, warblers and more.

The cost will be between $2,450-$2,900 depending upon how many participants sign up. This price includes accommodation, all transportation, guiding, all meals, etc… The only thing not included is the flight to get there.

Should be a great trip. It will be limited to 10 people. Some spots are already taken, so if you are interested please contact us ASAP. If you are interested in joining us or simply getting more specific information, contact the Washtenaw Audubon Field Trip Chair, Bryn Martin (click for contact form). We can send you a detailed itinerary with accommodations we will be using, as well as a trip list of birds we hope to see. Hope you are able to join us!

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