Mid Spring Events
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.
Sat. April 12, 8:15 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.
Wed. April 16, 9:00 a.m. Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Birding Walks. BBC member Dixie Burkhart is offering weekly Wednesday morning bird walks at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery in Van Buren County. The ponds and forest edges here are great for spring birding! Weather cancellations will be posted on BBCChat. Directions and more info is available from Dixie by email at email@example.com or by phone at 269 569-1377.
Sat. April 19, 9:00 a.m. North Lake Park and Lincoln Township Park. This morning we’ll start by checking North Lake for migrant waterfowl and other wetland species. After checking the park’s woodland edges, we’ll make the short trip to Lincoln Township Beach to bird along the entrance road. Meet at North Lake Township Park. Restrooms may not be open yet, so a stop en route may be wise!
Tues. April 22, 8:30 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 woodland migrants and wrap up at the Three Oaks Ponds. Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach.
Sat. April 26, 8:00 a.m. Warren Dunes and Tower Hill Camp Birding. Today we’ll start at Warren Dunes State Park searching for mid-spring woodland migrants. After walking the Yellow Birch Trail, we’ll head south for a walk on the grounds of the Tower Hill Camp. (This is private property and we have been invited to explore today.) Meet at the State Park parking area on Floral Lane. Some trails can be muddy in spring, so come prepared with appropriate shoes.
Tues. April 29, 8:30 a.m. New Buffalo Area Weekday Birding. See April 22.
Sat. May 3, 8:00 a.m. Galien River Woodlands. This morning we’ll watch for warblers in the woodlands along the Galien River. We’ll begin at Warren Woods, where migrants could be encountered along the river bluffs and in the forests. Later we’ll explore along Forest Lawn and Lakeside Roads. Here we’ll hope to find Yellow-throated Warblers back on territory! Meet in the Warren Woods State Park parking lot north of Elm Valley Road.
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