Saturday May 2, 8:30 a.m. Galien River County Park, and the Kesling Preserve. Join us as we explore for birds at a couple of locations along the Galien River. We’ll begin at Galien River County Park walking the boardwalk and wooded trails and then travel inland to explore for warblers and more along Forest Lawn Road and on trails of the Kesling Preserve.
Tuesday May 5, 10:00 a.m. Early Warblers at Madeline Bertrand County Park. This morning we’ll explore some of the riverside trails at Madeline Bertrand County Park for early warblers and other woodland migrants. Bring a sack lunch and we’ll relax in one of the outdoor shelters afterwards to bird while we eat.
Berrien’s Big Birding Week! May 9-16 The second week of May offers some of the best birding of the year in Southwest Michigan. This year we’re going to celebrate AGAIN by offering a week of outings! We’ll start on Saturday, May 9—International Migratory Bird Day—and continue until the Southwest Michigan Team Birdathon on Saturday, May 16. Call it a birding “staycation” if you like, but we have plenty of great locations to choose from around here. So no worries if you can’t get away to more famous migration destinations!
Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. North Lake Park and Lincoln Township Park. You can’t go wrong with these two locations on a May morning. After we check North Lake Park’s woodland and wetland edges, we’ll make the short trip to Lincoln Township Beach to bird the woods and marsh along the entrance road. Meet at North Lake Park
Sunday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. Warren Dunes State Park—Yellow Birch Trail. This morning we’ll walk the Yellow Birch Trail and explore along the west end of Floral Lane for warblers and other May migrants. Meet at Floral Lane (Organizational Youth Camp) parking area.
Monday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. Galien River Woodlands. This morning we’ll watch for warblers and others in woodlands along the inland stretches of the Galien River. We’ll begin with roadside birding along Forest Lawn and Lakeside Roads in Three Oaks Township. Later we’ll walk a loop in Warren Woods State Park. Meet at Kesling Preserve entrance on Forest Lawn Road
Tuesday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. Warren Dunes State Park—Group Shelter Area. We’ll start at the group picnic shelter and walk into open dunes to enjoy the morning migration flight. Then we’ll make the short drive to the youth camp parking area to walk the famous Yellow Birch Trail in search of warblers and more. Meet in Group Shelter parking lot
Wednesday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. Mid-Morning on the Sarett Prairie. Sarett Nature Center’s Prairie can be a great place to see a variety of grassland birds and you don’t have to stand on a road edge. They have trails! Meet at the Prairie Trail entrance.
Thursday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. Galien River County Park. Join us for a birding expedition to this new county park. A canopy walkway, marsh boardwalk, river overlook and woodland trails should produce many birds. Meet at Galien River County Park.
Friday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. Birding the Center of the World & Beyond. Join us for a road trip in the Sawyer & New Troy areas. We’ll introduce you to a couple of good birding cemeteries and roadside locations. Pine Warbler, Cliff Swallow, and Red-headed Woodpecker are all possibilities. Meet in TA Travel Center parking lot in Sawyer (Exit 12 on I-94)
Saturday, May 16 - 27th Annual Southwest Michigan Team Birdathon. See event flyer here and plan to join us!
For directions to any field trip location, please email Love Creek call (269) 471-2617 at least a day ahead of time.
Photo Credits: Lakeshore Birders, Charley McKelvy; Black-throated Blue Warbler, Matt Hysell