Contact Phil Odum if you are interested -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you be interested in an unforgettable birding experience on Lake Huron at the end of September (boat reserved for September 28th)? Migrating gulls, jaegers, loons, shorebirds and other surprises await!
Contact Phil Odum if you are interested -- email@example.com
Here is the bird-banding schedule for summer 2019 at the Chippewa Nature Center:
THU – 5/30 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
THU – 6/6 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
THU – 6/20 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
THU – 7/4 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
THU – 7/18 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
THU – 7/25 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
THU – 8/1 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
THU – 8/8 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Contact Denny Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information!
From Phil Odum:
...due to the high water levels on the Great Lakes, Tawas has suffered severely. Sandy Hook trail starting from the lighthouse approximately halfway down is impassable. Also other parts of Sandy Hook south have been entirely reclaimed by the lake. The good news is that the main middle path is still in very good shape.
Please join us in honoring Joseph M. Soehnel for all of his contributions to Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. During 2013-2018, Joe conducted a total of 171 surveys for the refuge’s Integrated Management and Monitoring Program. This totaled over 1,700 hours of volunteer time! These surveys are essential to assessing and adaptively managing our wetlands for waterbirds. His passion and dedication were inspiring and his efforts will continue to guide our management of the refuge. We will be hosting a dedication ceremony for the Joseph M. Soehnel Memorial Overlook on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:00 am. The ceremony will take place at the Ferguson Bayou Trail parking lot, 4000 Bishop Road, Saginaw, MI 48601. Please RSVP by June 1st to email@example.com or call (989) 607-6056. Please help us in celebrating Joe’s contributions to bird conservation!
See what's happening in the greater Pinconning area this spring!
The Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens is very pleased to announce that it is holding a birding festival this coming 19-22 September, 2019 with events around Midland, speakers and informational sessions, field trips, workshops, and more!
Kathy Bricker covers the special adaptations of birds of prey along with information about their ecology, diversity, identification, population levels, migration, and conservation, interspersed with personal stories. The program welcomes people to visit the research and observation sites near Cheboygan, Mackinaw City, and St. Ignace, and to enjoy the annual April event in Mackinaw City, the Mackinac Raptor Fest.www.mackinacraptorwatch.org.
Saginaw Valley Audubon Society meets at:
Green Point Environmental Learning Center
3010 Maple Street, Saginaw
call 777-4787 for more information
All meetings start at: 7:00 PM
Public welcome; refreshments served after program
no charge; memberships will be collected at meeting
April 25, 2017 Getting it Right with Warbler Identification
It's that time of year when warblers will be migrating north again. Roger Erikkson will show a series of his photographs that detail the key field markings for most of the 37 warbler species that nest or migrate through Michigan. These photos will include male, female and juveniles in their spring and fall plumages. Come ready to learn new identification tips.
Where: at Green Point Environmental Learning Center, 3010 Maple street, Saginaw
Who: public is invited; refreshments after the meeting
Duck Stamps - Allan Theile sent along this link to learn about duck stamps you can purchase and how the money is used to buy land for national wildlife refuges.
2017 Saginaw Bay Nature Festival sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pinconning and Standish and Northwoods Wholesale Outlet- schedule of events:
Thu April 20 12 noon public program by Michael Stoner: Selections form Pinconning Journal "Birding Bits" articles - at Pinconning High School Media Center.
Thu April 27 12 noon public program by Dale Borske: Ducks Unlimited's Role in Preserving, Enhancing, and Protecting Wetlands in the Saginaw Bay Region - at Pinconning High School Media Center.
Thu April 27 3pm Tours of Pinconning and Standish Nature Preserves by Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy staff - meet at preserve entrance on Pinconning & Maloney Roads.
Wed May 3 9am - Tour of Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area by Ducks Unlimited and DNR staff - meet at DNR office on Tower Beach & Kitchen Roads.
Thu May 4 12 noon - public program by Sam Burkhardt: Saginaw Bay Birding Opportunities through the eyes of a newcomer - at Pinconning High School Media Center.
Mon May 8 8am - morning walking tour of Pinconning County Park by birder Joe Soehnel - meet at park gazebo, end of Pinconning Road, $3 entry fee.
Tue May 9 6:45pm - evening walking tour of Pinconning County Park by Rotary Club members - meet at park gazebo, end of Pinconning Road, $3 entry fee.
Thu May 11 12noon - public program by Anne Trahan: Wildlife Photography - at
Pinconning High School Media Center.
Sat May 13 5:30pm Nature Festival Banquet at Saganing Chippewa Indian Tribal Center, Standish
Survey Compiled by: David Peters, Shiawassee NWR Staff
Summary: A total of 121 species from the Michigan Bird List were reported this winter. While below last winter’s all time record, this number is still above the long-term average, the fourteenth consecutive year that this has occurred. This report lists all of the species reported, along with the highest reported individual count for each, and a list of the SBA counties in which each was noted. The species order of listing has changed this period, so as to remain consistent with the MBRC Michigan Checklist, which was updated 26 Nov 2016, based upon the AOU Check -list of North American Birds (7th ed.) and its supplements. Overall, observer coverage could be rated as average, and sufficient in terms of county and species representation. Winter may be the season with prevailing bird life most routinely influenced by weather. Overall, winter 2016-2017 temperatures were much above average in Michigan (7th warmest out of 122 years). As the National Weather Service daily plots for Saginaw at the tail end of this report illustrate, December started out above average before dropping to below mid-month, then rebounded to middle / middle high. January’s temps went through several of the radical bounces to the extreme. February’s average temperature was much above normal, (it was the 2nd highest average February for the U.S. as a whole, at 41.16F, eclipsed only by February 1930, at 41.41F, (but note that 2017 was only 5 degrees above trend, whereas 1930 was 7.5 degrees above trend). While above average February temperatures didn’t noticeably influence all species, it did account for widespread early arrival of waterfowl and blackbirds to the SBA, as well as two new SBA spring early arrival dates. Seasonal snowfall totals for Saginaw were below average, but the precipitation story doesn’t end there, because there was an above average amount of rain, (indeed more days of rain than of snow).
Click HERE to view complete report!