Grand Traverse Audubon Club members enjoy birding together, meeting for nature-oriented programs or field trips, and participating in service projects related to the environment. We are concerned about the preservation of habitat for wildlife and natural areas for the enjoyment of all residents. We are a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society.
Welcome! Our meetings are usually the 4th Thursday of the month at the Boardman River Nature Center on Cass Road. 7:00 p.m.
May 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Our annual Potluck and Birding will be at the Boardman River Nature Center's pavilion which is right behind the center. If the weather is not good, we will move inside the nature center. Coffee will be provided, but bring your own mugs as well as your own table service. Bring a large dish to share, either main dish, salad, or dessert.
This is a great time to swap those birding stories about Magee Marsh, Tawas, or other spring trips. Also, come and find out where the best places are to find the bird you are looking for. After the potluck, we will go out birding on the nature center trails and view the ponds. Bring your wildflower guides, too! Contact any board member for more information. Join us; members, guests, and prospective members are all invited.
The Boardman Nature Center is at 1450 Cass Road, about a mile and a half south of Airport Road where the railroad track crosses the road.
The Warblers are Here!
Spring brings a special excitement to all birders. It is the return through our area of the colorful warblers we have all missed. Some stay and nest here, but many continue on to our upper peninsula and Canada. If you are a new birder, you may wonder what a warbler is. Wood-Warblers are small songbirds, usually around 5 inches, that are primarily insect eaters. For this reason, they do not stay around our cold north in the winter. Although there are more warblers, around 25 different kinds of warblers might be seen in our area. Each one has it bright colorful spring plumage and its own unique song. The Yellow-rumped Warbler is usually the earliest one back, you can start searching for it now!
May 10 - 12 - Magee Marsh/Ottawa NWR, Ohio. Meet at Magee Marsh West Boardwalk entrance at 6:00 p.m. Friday. Bring your own food for a picnic supper. Contact John Mesch, 231 946-3624 for more information.
May 11 - Grand Traverse Migratory Bird Count. Contact Melissa Rassel 231 946-4715 if you are interested in participating.
May 17 - 19 - Tawas Point State Park and Tuttle Marsh. Meet at the lighthouse Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. Leaders: Leonard and Barb Graf 231 946-5120.
May 22 - Otter Creek, Sleeping Bear Dunes. Meet at NW section of Meijers parking lot at 7:00 a.m. Call leader if you are going: Heather Peyton 231 392-5699.
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