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The Kirtland's Warbler: From the brink of extinction to a new model for endangered species conservation

icon date2 Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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The Kirtland’s Warbler, once on the brink of extinction, was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2019. There are lots of reasons to celebrate, but we can't say we're done and walk. The continuing conservation of the Kirtland’s Warbler has special challenges. The Kirtland's Warbler is "conservation reliant," which means that humans will need to continue to intervene on its behalf for as long as we can see into the future. But, that intervention will include some bold new thinking.

Bill Rapai is executive director of the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, a nonprofit formed in 2013 to support Kirtland's Warbler conservation. He is also the author of The Kirtland’s Warbler: The story of a bird’s fight for survival and the people who saved it, published in 2012 by University of Michigan Press.
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Washtenaw County May Count

icon date2 Saturday, May 08, 2021
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Note: This year we are permitting folks who are fully vaccinated to carpool together to bird if they wish.  Please wear masks and social distance when birding in areas with other members of the public and busy parks.

With spring finally here, birders’ thoughts turn to spring birding. As you think about the ways you will bird in the county this spring, please consider participating in the Washtenaw County May Count, on International Migratory Bird Day.

Juliet Berger is the Compiler for this informal count. The Compiler divides the county into townships, each of which has an Area Leader. Leaders recruit additional volunteers to count birds throughout their area. For names and contact information for the Compiler and the Area Leaders, visit our website (check back here), and please consider volunteering.

This year, the May Count will continue to be a Washtenaw County only event, as our state wide compilers have retired. All Washtenaw County birders are welcome to bird all or part of the day. We will post detailed instructions right here on count day logistics. Please check back here for more information about how to participate as the date gets closer.

Please contact an Area Leader or the Compiler to help out!

NEW AND UPDATED FOR 2021! Please see these new documents describing the count procedures:

Washtenaw County Coordinator/Compiler: Juliet Berger

Area Leaders (click names for contact details)

 Township Area Leader  eBird Username
 Scio Tim Gacioch WasMayCount-Sci
 Lodi Juliet Berger WasMayCount-Lod

Dave Borneman
Linda Ar

 Lima & Freedom Jim Law WasMayCount-Fre
 Manchester Silas Bialecki WasMayCount-Man
 Salem & Superior Dan Thiry


 York, Augusta, & Northfield Greg Jacks


 Webster Faye Stoner


 Dexter Rob French WasMayCount-Dex
 Pittsfield & Ypsilanti Mike Sefton


 Bridgewater & Saline Roger Wykes


 Ann Arbor Juliet Berger WasMayCount-Ann
 Lyndon & Sylvan John Mills


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Birding Devon and Beyond with Ben Lucking

icon date2 Wednesday, May 19, 2021
icon timer 07:10pm
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After racking up 266 species in Washtenaw County since he started birding here as a lad, often on Washtenaw Audubon field trips, Ben Lucking transferred to the University of Exeter in the English county of Devon. Though he obviously spends much of his time studying, in his spare time he’s seen 170 species in his couple of years in Devon, good for 7th place on the eBird top 100 life list for the county. From his room in Devon via the magic of Zoom, Ben will describe some of his birding adventures in the UK, with a few forays to more exotic locales, such as North Africa.
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Birding Costa Rica with David Dister

icon date2 Wednesday, November 17, 2021
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This program has been rescheduled to November 17, 2021 from this year, due to our speaker's preference for presenting an in person program. Birding Costa Rica. Dave's fabulous photos make this a much anticipated program. In-person at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Hopefully we will find it safe to conduct in person programs by this time. Dave Dister recently published A Field Guide to the Birds of Mason County, MI and Ludington State Park. Copies of this book will be available at the program.

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