Late Fall Group Birding Events
Tuesday, October 13—8:30 a.m. St. Joseph Lakefront Parks. Today we’ll explore lakefront parks on both sides of the St. Joseph River mouth. We’ll check the beaches, watch offshore over Lake Michigan and explore patches of trees and shrubs that can act as migrant traps for warblers and other landbird migrants. Meet in the north parking lot at Silver Beach County Park.
Saturday, October 17—9:00 a.m. Chikaming Twp. Park. The trails and woodland edges here can be great locations to locate mid-fall landbird migrants. Meet at the front entrance parking area (adjacent to the community garden). We’ll explore this area first and then drive to the interior lot and walk from there. The park is located on Warren Woods Road, west of Warren Woods State Park.
Tuesday, October 20—10:00 a.m. Love Creek County Park. Today we’ll enjoy a mid-morning walk at Love Creek. We’ll focus on trails with field and forest or forest and wetland edges in search of mixed flocks of woodland migrants, migrant sparrow flocks and more. Meet at the nature center. (Bring a sack lunch if you want and we’ll watch the feeders together after the walk.)
Saturday, October 24—9:00 a.m. Southwest County Birding. After watching for lakeshore migrants in New Buffalo, we’ll head inland to check Galien River County Park and the Three Oaks ponds. Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach.
Tuesday, October 27—5:00 p.m. An Evening with the Cranes at Jasper-Pulaski State Wildlife Area. The Jasper-Pulaski State Wildlife Area in Northwest Indiana is host to one of Midwest’s most spectacular wildlife events when thousands of Sandhill Cranes pause to rest and feed during their southbound migration. We’ll depart New Buffalo in late afternoon today to enjoy the show as they gather at dusk. (Weekdays are the best time to visit, as weekend crowds can be large.) Dress warm, bring a brown bag dinner and meet at Galien River County Park where we’ll organize a car caravan.
Saturday, November 28—8:30 a.m. Lakeshore Birding Adventure. Today we are planning a full morning of birding along Berrien County’s Lake Michigan shoreline—and then some. Our plan is to start in St. Joseph and work as far south as New Buffalo visiting our favorite overlooks and beaches. Bring a sack lunch and join us for all or part of the day. Meet at Tiscornia Beach.
Saturday, December 5—9:30 a.m. Berrien Springs Area Birds and Lunch! Today we’ll conclude the Fall field trip season by exploring a few locations in the Berrien Springs area that typically host to wintering and lingering migrant land birds. In late morning we’ll make our way to Love Creek to enjoy a lunch provided by the BBC, while we watch for birds at the feeders! Please call (269) 471-2617 to register in advance. Meet at Love Creek Nature Center.
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