Early Spring Events
Sat. March 22, 9:00 a.m. Duck Season Opening Day! We’ll kick off the field trip season at Glenlord Beach in Stevensville, where the overlook provides a good view of Lake Michigan. Next we’ll make the short trip to the Grand Mere area to check North Lake for ducks. Meet at Glenlord Beach, which is at the west end of Glenlord Road in Stevensville.
Saturday, March 22, 3:00 pm. The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon. The passenger pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America. But this huge population was neither evenly distributed, nor was it any way cryptic: the species often formed aggregations so vast they are difficult for us to imagine. But despite that abundance, exploitation by humans destroyed the species in the wild by the first few years of the twentieth century. And 100 years ago this year, the last of the species died in the Cincinnati Zoo. This talk at Sarett Nature Center explores the story of the bird and highlights the lessons it presents to those of us in the 21st century. Presented by Joel Greenberg, Author and Research Associate of the Notebaert Nature Museum and Chicago Field Museum. Sponsored by the Berrien Birding Club and Sarett Nature Center. $3.00/person. (Sarett and Berrien Birding Club members: free) Please call Sarett at (269) 927-4832 to register.
Sat. March 29, 9:00 a.m. Michiana Waterfowl Road Trip. Today we’ll explore locations in southwest Berrien County before heading across the state line to La Porte, where inland lakes provide good spring waterfowl watching. Meet at the Three Oaks waste water ponds on Schwark Road.
Sat. March 29, 7:45 p.m. Woodcock Watch and Owl Prowl. We’ll meet at Love Creek this evening to walk to an old field area where we hope to see an American Woodcock perform its evening courtship display. To wrap things up, we’ll do our best to bring one of our resident Barred Owls in for a view.
Sat. April 5, 1:00 p.m. North Lake Park and Lincoln Township Park. This afternoon we’ll start by checking North Lake for migrant waterfowl and early April wetland species. Then we’ll make the short trip to Lincoln Township Beach where we will bird the entrance road. Meet at North Lake Township Park. (Directly west of Exit 22 on I-94.)
Tues. April 8, 9:00 a.m. New Buffalo Area Weekday Birding. This weekday birding outing will start at the New Buffalo Public Beach. After watching for lakeshore migrants we’ll visit a nearby location in search of wetland and/or woodland migrants and wrap up at the Three Oaks Ponds. Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach.
Sat. April 12, 10:00 a.m. Sarett Nature Center. Boardwalk trails, overlook platforms, feeders and a diversity of habitats make Sarett a great choice for mid-spring birding. And as an added bonus we’ll make a visit to the nearby Brown Sanctuary, where the marsh could harbor a nice mix of migrant waterfowl. Meet at the Interpretive Center.
For directions to any field trip location, please email Love Creek call (269) 471-2617.
Photo Credits: Lakeshore Birders, Charley McKelvy; Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Matt Hysell