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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 Walk in the Arboretum

icon date2 Saturday, May 26, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on the weekend of Memorial Day for a special weekend edition of our Thursday morning walks in the Arb. 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 walk will end around 11:00 a.m., but participants can leave whenever they prefer.

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Tuesday Evening Birders

icon date2 Tuesday, May 29, 2018
icon timer 06:00pm
icon map marker Miller Road Park & Ride Lot

On May 22 this trip will meet at the Miller Road Park-n-Ride (at Miller and M-14).

Each Tuesday in May, leaders will scout locations and scan bird reports during the day, and then in the evening take the group to where the action is. This is a carpool event with multiple stops.

We will meet at 6:00 PM, USUALLY at the Miller Road Park & Ride (at Miller and M-14), but the meeting location is subject to change if dictated by the destination of the week. We will confirm the specific meeting spot on the Monday before the trip by posting it on our Facebook page and on the Birders email listserv, and in most cases we expect to be able to update this entry on the website as well. For example, if the primary destinations are to the east, we might choose to meet at the Plymouth Road Park & Ride. Group departure from the meeting site is at 6:15 so do plan to arrive in plenty of time to form up carpools! Please bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. 

Dress for weather that will get cooler as sunset approaches. We almost never cancel so it is best to show up at the departure site to see what the plans are.

We will bird until sunset. Usually we are well away from our departure site, so it is after sunset when we return to the parking site.
See you soon!

These field trips are sponsored by Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Spring Migration Walks in the Arboretum

icon date2 Thursday, May 31, 2018
icon timer 08:00am
icon map marker Riverview Court Cul-de-sac

Join us on Thursday mornings starting at the end of March and going through May 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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Stinchfield Woods Annual Breeding Bird Census

icon date2 Saturday, June 02, 2018
icon timer 07:00am
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Please participate in this year's Stinchfield Woods census on Saturday, June 2, from 7 to about 11:45 am.

We will enter the Stinchfield Road gate at 7 am, assemble outside the classroom at the Observatory, and divide into groups to hike Stinchfield Woods trails. We will reassemble around 10:45 am to compile a list of all birds seen/heard by all groups. Bring your lunch or a snack if you want to stay to hear about all the great birds. The bird list will also be posted on U-M Birders and at the Stinchfield Woods web page.

If possible, please RSVP to Mary Wise no later than Wednesday, May 30, so we can prepare in advance, marking maps, assigning birders to various locations in the woods, and getting a count of how many people will be attending so we don't over-purchase on snacks such as fruit and sweets. We hope we have access to the classroom but if we do not, be prepared for "primitive facilities" and bring a chair to sit on.

Stinchfield Woods is a mostly hearing event, that is, we won't see but we'll hear most of the birds so we need birders with excellent hearing skills. We also need help from birders who know Stinchfield's trails because its trails are confusing and vegetation dense. We also need recorders who jot down the birds participants are hearing.

We will also post a general invitation to U-M Birders in advance of the Stinchfield event.

We sure hope you can participate this year. If you have questions, please message Mary Wise or Karen Markey. And please RSVP to Mary Wise!

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Prothonotary Paddle

icon date2 Saturday, June 16, 2018
icon timer 09:00am
icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Please join WAS for our first Prothonotary Paddle! As many of you know, we have up to nine singing males of the beautiful Prothonotary Warbler along a stretch of the Huron River in Hudson Mills and Delhi Metroparks. They are best viewed from the water, and there are always a large variety of other birds to see on this float trip.

The trip is eight miles long, and usually takes about three and a half hours to complete, but you can stop for good birds, a picnic, etc., because your car will be waiting for you at the other end. A 9:00 am start gives us plenty of time to bird our way along the river. We will have a picnic spot picked out that is approximately halfway, for those who wish to stay with the group. Bring your own picnic and beverages. Please let us know if you are attending, and book your own boat(s) for the “Hudson Mills to Delhi Metropark Long Trip” directly from Skip’s Canoe Livery: http://paddlethehuron.com/services-rates/ and review the details on their site, being sure to select the 9am option on June 16th. On the day of the event, if you are renting a canoe/kayak, we recommend arriving at Skip’s by 8:30 to check-in, park, and pick up the required, provided personal flotation device.

Please book early (now) to avoid disappointment. If you have your own boats, we will put in at Rapids View picnic area at Hudson Mills and leave some cars at Delhi Metropark for shuttling. You will need a park pass ($10) for any car that is delivering boats to Hudson Mills. Please let Bryn Martin know ASAP if you are bringing your own boat, so we can work out shuttling logistics.

Hope to see a WAS flotilla on Saturday, June 16!

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Borneo: Washtenaw Audubon Society International Field Trip

icon date2 Saturday, July 21, 2018
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icon map marker No location provided or location is TBD

Only 3 spots remain for this international trip!

WAS would like to invite you to join us on another international field trip next year; this time to the exotic location of Borneo! We will be traveling and birding for 10 days (July 21-31, 2018) with Rockjumper Tours. They are an amazing company and we look forward to seeing 225-250 species of birds, including most of the birds only found on this tropical island. Additionally, we plan to see a number of great mammals such as Proboscis Monkey, Orangutan, Elephant and many more. We will go out on night drives, bird by boat, explore the famous Gomontong Caves, bird along rainforest canopy walkways, etc… If you are interested in joining us or just simply asking questions or getting more information, please contact Bryn Martin. Bryn can send you a very detailed itinerary with pricing, as well as a checklist of birds we plan/hope to see. Spaces are limited and already starting to fill up. (There are currently 3 spots remaining.)

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